Dermatologist-recommended makeup brands include ColoreScience, Prescriptives, L'Oréal, CoverGirl, Mary Kay, Peter Thomas Roth and Maybelline. Within each brand, specific products win dermatologists' praise for protecting skin against UV damage, brightening skin and covering age spots. In addition, some dermatologists recommend mineral makeup for its skin protection and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Specific products that contain UVA and/or UVB protection to shield skin against sun damage include Prescriptives Flawless Skin Total Protection Makeup and Maybelline New York Age Rewind the Eraser, which also helps fight age spots. Foundations that include brighteners include CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Foundation. MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear foundation is recommended for women with dry skin who should avoid any makeup product described by the word "matte." Some foundations also include peptides and antioxidants that help the skin synthesize collagen; Mary Kay Timewise Luminous-Wear Liquid Foundation is an example of these.
Mineral makeup typically includes ingredients such as iron oxide, mica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Some dermatologists promote these products because zinc and titanium dioxide are sun blocks. In addition, zinc oxide is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a skin protector because of its anti-inflammatory qualities, which help it to calm damaged skin. However, some people find bismuth oxychloride, an ingredient in some mineral makeup, irritating to their skin.