There are many reasons why women choose to wear makeup, but new research suggests it might also be the key to anti-ageing.
The Australasian College of Dermatologists (ACD) presented a research paper at the Annual Scientific Meeting, revealing the benefits of 'cosmeceuticals' or 'functional coloured cosmetics'.
Functional coloured cosmetics include foundation, powder, blush, eyeliners, lipstick and mascara.
ACD dermatologist Dr Phillip Artemi said: "We now know that it isn't just solar radiation such as UVB and UVA that is bad for the skin.”
"The sun also emits infrared radiation and visible light, which can lead to damage resulting in dull skin, wrinkles and unsightly pigmentation.
"Pollution, too, has been shown to cause wrinkles and skin ageing and, with increased urbanisation, traffic pollution is set to become a major skin toxin."
According to the paper, the unique blend of SPF ingredients, pigments and reflectors in these products are why they should be used as part of women’s anti-ageing routine.
However, Dr Artemi warned about using lip gloss as it does little to protect you from the elements, a longer-lasting lipstick would be more beneficial.
But this doesn’t mean you can stop wearing sunscreen.
"A combination of sunscreen, foundation, eyeshadow, and mascara can reduce the incidence of skin cancers especially around the eye better than the use of sunscreen alone," Dr Artemi said.
"While sunscreens do a lot, they don't do enough and shouldn't be relied on solely for skin health. We now advise that functional coloured cosmetics should be added to the long-standing advice in order to further reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature ageing as well as protecting against the increasing danger of air pollution."