How Long After Moisturizer To Apply Sunscreen?

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We all know the importance of sunscreen, especially for the face. But many of us don’t just apply sunscreen to our face because we need other products as well, like a moisturizer.

How long do you have to wait between using them?

How long after moisturizer to apply sunscreen?

You should wait about 2-5 minutes after moisturizing to apply sunscreen. If you wait that time, the moisturizer will be fully absorbed by the skin. At that point, you can apply your moisturizer to protect your skin from UV rays. 

In this article, I’ll go into more depth on the interplay between moisturizers and sunscreen.


How Long After Moisturizer To Apply Sunscreen?

When you are using sunscreen only, you can apply it directly on your skin at any time. However, if you are using a moisturizer too, you should wait a little while before applying your sunscreen so that the moisturizer can be absorbed into your skin. 

If you are using a chemical sunscreen, you have to use it before you apply your moisturizer. Chemical sunscreens should be absorbed by the skin for them to work so you should apply them and wait for them to be absorbed before applying your moisturizer. 

On the other hand, if you are using a physical sunscreen, it should be applied after using the moisturizer. Wait for a couple of minutes to pass before you apply your sunscreen.

Moisturizers are usually quickly absorbed by the skin but you should still give it adequate time for the skin to absorb them before moving on to the other products. 

For more details on this, see Should You Apply Primer or Sunscreen First?

It is best to wait for a few minutes because you don’t want to mix the two products. If you apply the physical sunscreen immediately after the moisturizer, it could mix and get diluted. 

Moisturizers won’t be able to effectively protect the skin from UV rays on their own. Diluting the sunscreen with moisturizer unintentionally could affect the effectiveness of the sunscreen. 

To make sure your sunscreen works well, the moisturizer must be fully absorbed by the skin. That means that you really have to wait for about 2-5 minutes after applying your moisturizer to apply your sunscreen. 

To make sure your sunscreen works well, the moisturizer must be fully absorbed by the skin. That means that you really have to wait for about 2-5 minutes after applying your moisturizer to apply your sunscreen. 

Once you’ve applied the sunscreen, wait for a while before exposing your skin to the sun. Sunscreen bottles typically have instructions in them and they would usually say that you should apply the sunscreen 15-30 minutes before exposure to the sun. 

Why Should You Use Moisturizers?

Some people might think that only those who have dry skin should use a moisturizer but many can benefit from moisturizing skin. With moisturizers, evaporation of the skin moisture is prevented or lessened. 

Normally, there is transepidermal water loss.

Although this is helpful because it can dry out the top layer so that the outer surface skin cells could shed easily, too much moisture removed could make the skin brittle and dry. 

Moisturizers are products that help prevent your skin from drying out. Properly moisturized skin is healthier than dry skin and it looks a lot better, too. 

The moisturizers help prevent too much water loss through their ingredients. Ingredients are known as humectants and occlusives are typically included in moisturizers. 

The humectants are responsible for helping the skin absorb water from the surroundings so that moisture is maintained. On the other hand, occlusives are substances that can form a layer on the skin’s top surface to prevent moisture from escaping the skin. 

Moisturizers are helpful when it comes to protecting the skin and keeping it healthy, and potentially even acne-free. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, it doesn’t immediately get sunburned. The first thing that happens is that your skin heats up and then dries up. 

If you have dry skin, the sun can cause it to dry up even more easily. That’s why you should moisturize it and then protect it from harmful UV rays using sunscreen. 

Why Should You Use Sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a product that you apply to your skin to help protect it against the effects of the UV rays from the sun. It protects so that you don’t get that awful and painful sunburn. 

Furthermore, prolonged exposure to UV rays isn’t good for the skin as it can lead to skin cancer in the long run. 

Sunburn is just one of the effects of UV rays. When you develop a sunburn, it means that your skin has been exposed to too many UV rays to the point that it has been damaged.

Getting a tan means that there is more melanin in the skin, which helps protect the deeper layers of the skin from UV rays. However, even if you have a tan, that will still not fully protect you from the UV rays if you are exposed for a long time.

You can still get sunburned. 

Applying sunscreen to your skin adds a layer of protection so that the UV rays are blocked before they reach the skin and even before they initiate a reaction on the skin.

When Should You Apply Sunscreen With Moisturizers

If you are thinking of using a L’Oréal Paris Collagen Daily Face Moisturizer, Reduce Wrinkles, Face Cream 1.7 oz  and sunscreen, the moisturizer application always comes first.

Your sunscreen should usually be the last product that you apply to your face because it is the one that protects you from UV rays. 

When applying sunscreen, it is important to know how much to apply, Applying the right amount helps make sure that your skin is adequately protected. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply far too little sunscreen.

If you apply too little, it is possible for some areas of the skin to become irritated because the UV rays still got to them. On the other hand, applying too much could make your skin oily. 

The sunscreen you apply could typically last at maximum potency a few hours (see this article for details on how SPF is calculated, and how it relates to time). That will depend on the brand of sunscreen you use for your face. To be sure, make sure you read the packaging on your sunscreen. 

Usually, sunscreen should be reapplied after every 4 hours. However, not all can do this, and most only apply sunscreen once a day.

Do You Need To Moisturize Before Using Sunscreen?

Sunscreen will effectively work to protect your skin against UV rays even if you don’t use sunscreen underneath it. The sunscreen has all the ingredients it needs to protect the skin.

However, depending on what your skin needs, you might need to apply a moisturizer before you use your sunscreen. Using a moisturizer will help make your skin healthier because it ensures that the skin doesn’t easily dry out. 

Some people who have dry skin would need to use the moisturizer beforehand. However, others may skip using the moisturizer if their skin is healthy enough. 

Sunscreen And Makeup

Some people don’t mind going out with just sunscreen on their face for protection. However, for those who are using makeup, it can be confusing where to put sunscreen in the routine. 

For those who are using makeup, it can be confusing where to put sunscreen in the routine. 

When applying sunscreen when using makeup will depend on what type of sunscreen you are using. Chemical sunscreen should be applied first before applying moisturizer and your makeup. 

On the other hand, if you are using physical sunscreen, you should first apply the moisturizer, the sunscreen then the makeup. 

As you can see, the makeup is applied over the sunscreen. That’s why you should be careful not to apply too much sunscreen or else your skin could be too oily and you wouldn’t want that when you are still putting makeup on top of it. 

Although today’s makeup products may ”contain , these are still not the best substitute for sunscreens. It would still be best to use sunscreen and use products with SPF to help further protect the skin from UV rays. 

When selecting sunscreens to use, it would be best to get a ”broad-spectrum  that has an easy-to-absorb formula. That will help protect against both UVA and UVB rays plus you don’t have to wait for a long while before you apply your makeup. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).