Are There Legitimate Benefits To Skincare-Infused Makeup? A Dermatologist Settles The Debate

There's no arguing that to have the best makeup application possible, you also need to worry about your skincare. Without a clean and healthy base, your makeup simply won't radiate at its highest potential. The problem some face is that it can be challenging to find the correct routine or time to get both done. If you're constantly on the go, it ultimately comes down to a single decision: Would you prefer to spend your time on your skincare or your makeup? 


Several companies have realized this and started to create skincare-infused makeup collections as a remedy for those who are overwhelmed by trying to achieve both. These products are meant to check both boxes as they offer skincare benefits along with the coverage of makeup. Plenty of products have already been released along these lines, including foundations with SPF and powders with acne-fighting ingredients. ClinicSpots medical consultant Dr. Anju Methil, MBBS, DVD, M.D. spoke exclusively to Glam to shed a little light on whether these double-dipping products are actually worth their weight. And luckily for those of us who love our foundation with built-in SPF, they are! 

Does skincare-infused makeup work?

As long as you are using high-quality products with the research to back up their claims, there's no reason why your skincare-infused makeup product shouldn't fulfill both the skincare and makeup boxes. "Skincare-infused makeup is a great way to get a healthy, glowing complexion without the fuss of having to apply separate skincare and makeup products," notes Dr. Anju Methil in an exclusive chat with Glam. "Skincare-infused makeup does help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by providing a layer of protection that locks in moisture and prevents premature aging." 


Depending on the product and its reported claims, there's a good chance it will help tackle some of your most pressing skin issues. Not only is the application ideal considering its direct contact with the skin, but skincare-infused makeup is also the best way to remember to do your skincare.

"Skincare-infused makeup is also designed to be lightweight and long-wearing, making it perfect for everyday use," Dr. Methil adds. "Additionally, because it contains skincare ingredients, this type of makeup can help improve your skin's condition over time." Consistency is key to achieving healthy skin and a flawless finish. Pairing your skincare with your makeup will help increase the consistency of usage, making it more likely you'll use it often and reap the benefits.


What specific benefits can you look forward to?

The benefits of skincare-infused makeup will vary, depending on the product and what the company claims to do. "These products offer an array of benefits, including improved hydration and nourishment, protection from environmental stressors, and anti-aging properties," Dr. Anju Methil tells Glam exclusively. "Many of these makeup-skincare hybrids also contain skin-nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, which helps to maintain the skin's natural moisture barrier."


To get the most out of your skincare-infused products, it's essential to examine what it is that your skin needs. If you feel like your skin requires some extra moisture, those hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid can be life-changing when used daily. Not only will they provide extra hydration, but they will help your makeup look flawless and plump rather than dry and cakey. 

Because you'll likely use these products when you're out and about, look out for ingredients like SPF (which you still need to wear indoors!) and others that will protect your skin against pollutants and other environmental factors.

How to choose your skincare-infused makeup

Depending on your skin type, some products are better suited for you than others. Since you're looking for the skin benefits a product can deliver, you want to keep that in mind over the type of makeup product it is. "Foundations with SPF provide all-day sun protection, while BB creams contain antioxidants to protect against free radical damage," explains Dr. Anju Methil in an exclusive chat with Glam. "CC (color correcting) creams provide a light coverage while also helping to even out the skin tone and brighten dullness. Tinted moisturizers are great for people with dry or normal skin, as they provide light coverage while still delivering hydration and nourishment to the skin."


Regardless of which product you opt for, you want to always get the best quality possible. Dr. Methil recommends using well-known brands with high-quality ingredients when using an infusion product, to ensure that it's been tested and proven to work. Dr. Methil also suggests avoiding products with "parabens or sulfates which can cause irritation and dryness."