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You Asked! Expert A's to Your Beauty Q's: Age-Defying Solutions

Experts share their age-appropriate top picks for the best skincare and makeup products.

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD

WebMD Magazine - Feature

What can you do when your long-time beauty routine doesn't work as well as it used to?

Dermatology professors Deborah Sarnoff, MD, of NYU Langone Medical Center, and David Goldberg, MD, of New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine, share their ideas.

Sarnof says:

Younger skin naturally produces more oil and skin cells renew themselves every 21 days, so the "canvas" stays smooth. As we age, skin gets thinner and feels dehydrated, and cell turnover slows to about every 28 days. Ensure your makeup looks luminous and not cakey, and apply products in a way that will boost your skin's moisture levels.

Start by washing your face with a super-hydrating liquid cleanser. Then, when your skin is still damp, rub in a dollop of moisturizer. One pumped with SPF, vitamins, and antioxidants, such as Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Daily UV Moisturizer + SPF 15, will reduce fine lines and help prevent future ones.

Mature skin is full of ridges. Apply a primer after moisturizing so makeup glides on smoothly without getting stuck in cracks. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is infused with antioxidants, including vitamin A and grapeseed extract.

Finally, use a makeup brush to apply a foundation like Cover Girl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation, which is infused with SPF 22. If you see caking at the end of the day, spritz your face with a moisturizing spray like Evian Facial Spray to remoisten your makeup and give skin a dewy quality.

Goldberg says:

First, the buzz-killing fact of life: As we age, we start to lose fatty tissue, and skin-plumping collagen production slows, revealing fine lines. But certain ingredients in makeup products can make your skin look and feel more supple and hydrated.

You're used to reading the labels on your skin care products, and it's just as important to do the same with your cosmetics, especially if you're seeing signs of aging. The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation  provide UVA/UVB sun protection for wrinkle prevention.

Hyaluronic acid, which is infused in L'Oréal Visible Lift Line-Minimizing & Tone-Enhancing Concealer, plumps up fine lines by enhancing the skin's ability to retain more moisture. Antioxidants like the vitamin E and soy in Neutrogena Healthy Skin Custom Glow Blush & Bronzer help block wrinkle-causing free radicals from seeping into pores.

Prevent caking and apply makeup to freshly exfoliated and moisturized skin. Try an all-in-one product like Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, which is infused with light-reflecting minerals to lighten the appearance of sun spots. And avoid using makeup that contains talc, a common filler that can clog pores and increase the appearance of fine lines.

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