Can You Use Sunscreen as a Moisturizer?

December 24, 2018
Is it possible to use sunscreen to moisturize your skin? In this article, we'll answer this question and provide some skin care tips.

You might be wondering whether or not you can use your sunscreen as a moisturizer. After all, there are sunscreens on the market today made for dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. Thanks to all the options, you might decide to forget about the moisturizer and just apply sunscreen instead.

Many frequently use sunscreen frequently in the summertime. They do this because using multiple facial creams can lead to too much sweating. This is the time of year that people become lazy with the use of moisturizers, in general. However, is it a good idea to use your sunscreen instead of a moisturizer?

In today’s article, we’ll find out if you can swap your moisturizer for sunscreen or it you should always use a facial moisturizer regardless of whether or not you apply sunscreen afterward.

The Purpose of Sunscreen

First, we should stop to analyze the function of the sunscreen in the first place.

This product is designed to protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. It keeps them from penetrating into your skin and causing damage that could lead to skin cancer later in life.

You can find certain sunscreens that don’t leave an oily residue on the skin and are water resistant. However, sunscreens are not cosmetic products they’re skin protection. They will not keep your skin hydrated or prevent premature wrinkles, for example.

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This means that using sunblock to fight oily skin or treat acne will have no discernible results.

Sunscreen should never replace any specialized facial care product, because its sole purpose is to protect you from the sun.

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Moisturizers with SPF

Now you might be wondering: If the only purpose of a sunscreen is to protect you, why do some moisturizers include it?

To start with, a cosmetic cream to reduce wrinkles or add hydration might not contain much sunscreen.

The reason for this is because this combination can cause the sunblock to lose effectiveness. These types of creams typically have a protection factor (SPF) that’s too low, or rarely exceeding 15 SPF.

When a sunblock is mixed with any type of regular moisturizer, the effectiveness is reduced and you’re not as protected as you might think.

These types of creams shouldn’t be used for a long day in the sun if you don’t apply additional protection afterwards. On the other hand, they’re safe for use later in the day or in the evening when the sun’s rays are less strong and you’re safe from UV radiation.

You might think that applying a sunscreen after your regular moisturizer will cause it to lose its effectiveness. However, it does not. This only happens if you combine it with another cream.

Should You Apply Sunscreen First or Second?

Based on what we know so far, it’s important not to use sunscreen as a moisturizer. However, another question remains. Should you apply it before or after you apply your regular moisturizing cream?

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The answer is that you should always apply your moisturizer before the sunblock.

If you apply sunscreen first, you prevent your regular treatment from penetrating into the skin. So if you typically use an anti-aging product, it won’t be able to work.

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If you have dry skin and try using sunblock instead of a moisturizer, you’ll quickly learn that your problem is worse than it was before. This can be a good reminder of the importance of always using the products that are right for your skin type.

There are some light sunscreens made for the face that will keep you from looking like a shiny ghost after you apply them. They also don’t feel as heavy on the skin, so there’s no excuse not to use them with your regular creams.

Also, don’t forget that it’s important to wear sunblock throughout the year – not just in summer. Your skin is still exposed to the sun during the winter, spring, and autumn.