Is Tinted Moisturizer Safe for Mature Skin?

Aging skin? We can help. Learn about tinted moisturizer and mature skin

If you have aging skin, learn whether tinted moisturizer will work for you

While there are no specific scientific studies for or against the use of tinted moisturizers on mature skin, dermatologist agree using a tinted moisturizer is one of the simplest ways to add light coverage to your skin. They are the supreme multitaskers when it comes to skincare products. Regular users of tinted moisturizers love the quick and easy application process that leaves their skin looking flawless.

Besides moisturizing your skin, the best tinted moisturizers not only blur blemishes and cover dark spots, but they also boast additional skincare benefits. The benefit for mature skin includes the anti-aging properties that diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Other brands are infused with powerful antioxidants to help protect your aging skin from damaging environmental effects.

In summer, foundation with sunscreen may not necessarily give your skin enough nutrition or protection so for women over 40 a tinted moisturizer that has lots of goodies is a much better option.

The first step to establishing the best tinted moisture products to use is:

— Read the list of ingredients on the packaging — this will help identify any ingredients that may cause potential irritation. Knowledge is power

Determine your skin type by asking for samples to try before you buy

— If you are worried about anything do some research or contact a dermatologist

Generally most tinted moisturizers contain scientifically proven ingredients that are super moisturizing and are made up of a combination of:

  • Retinol to help reduce signs of aging
  • Vitamins C and E to protect skin from environmental damage
  • Sodium hyaluronate, which softens skin, fine lines, and wrinkles
  • Aloe vera
  • White tea
  • Rosemary extract to hydrate
  • Hyaluronic acid to lock moisture in
  • Moringa seed extract to protect against free radicals
  • Argan oil
  • Squalane, an ingredient that occurs naturally in our bodies and plays a vital role in keeping the moisture inside of our skin
  • Lauroyl lysine, an amino acid derived from coconuts
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Chamomile to calm skin
  • Algae extracts to moisturize and soothe
  • Trehalose, a sugar that forms a gel network on the skin to bind moisture
  • Sodium PCA and urea which work with the skin's natural moisturizing factors

In the US there is no specific law that requires cosmetic products and ingredients, apart from color additives, to have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval before they go on the market. This means that cosmetic companies can hide a lot of compounds in a "parfum" or "fragrance" ingredients because they consider them to be trade secrets.

Beyond the toxicity aspect of conventional tinted moisturizers, well known-brands include bad component elements and oils that potentially block your pores and cause adverse side effects:

  • Oxybenzone (Active Ingredient) a pore-penetrating ingredient found in well known tinted moisturizers and sunscreens — known to cause photoallergic reactions
  • Titanium Dioxide — a chemical sunscreen that can cause irritation of skin and eyes
  • Homosalate (Active Ingredient Salicylic Acid) — there are some restrictions on its use
  • Lilial, which causes dermatitis and allergies, mostly used as a scent ingredient
  • Iron Oxides — inorganic chemicals used as colorants, suspected nano-scale ingredients with potential to absorb into the skin
  • Butylene glycol (1.3-Butanediol) is a small organic alcohol. It's a human irritant, strong evidence around the eyes and on the skin
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate is an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid — causes irritation skin and eyes

Don't let the negative ingredients or side effects put you off from purchasing and trying a tinted moisturizer. In 2019, society and the skincare industry are more aware of the negative impact that harsh chemicals are doing not just to skin, but to the environment. Science will continue to come up with safe skincare ingredients until all the potentially harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates triclosan, triclocarban, and microbeads no longer exist. Organic and natural products will become the new norm. If you are not happy with your current skincare products remember there are always going to be tinted moisturizers from alternative brands. Be proactive and make the switch.

Wearing tinted moisturizers for mature skin is perfect when you don’t want to wear a lot of makeup or foundation at any time of year. They will not only boost your beauty by adding a little color, tinted moisturizers work behind the scenes to keep your skin young, nourished and happy.

Resources— Dermstore, EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, Business Insider

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