HOW TO: Apply Sunscreen To Your Face

So at this point, you've got to know that applying sunscreen is the gateway to heaven aka perfect skin. It's an everyday must. But did you know that you've been doing it wrong this whole time? Before you freak out, don't worry we've got you. Here's our Monday attempt to make your sunscreen routine (and life) a whole lot easier! 

What comes first? The sunscreen or the moisturizer? While some dermatologists disagree on the order of product applications in skincare routines, all agree that APPLYING SUNSCREEN TO YOUR FACE IS A MUST! Whether it's before or after moisturizer, you best be applying sunscreen everyday! 

OK, so let's start with applying sunscreen to your face BEFORE moisturizer. Dr. Joshua Zeichner insists that "the ingredients in a chemical blocker need to be absorbed into the skin so that they can do their job". Some dermatologists fear that applying sunscreen to your face after moisturizer will not allow the SPF to sink into your skin, causing your SPF 30 to act like a SPF 10. Yikes, we know. 

Knowing what you know now, you may be thinking "case closed, sunscreen before moisturizer ALWAYS!" So then, why do some dermatologist insist on moisturizer before sunscreen you might ask? Applying sunscreen first can cause whatever is then applied on top of it to alter its efficacy, resulting in the sunscreen to not work at all! Dr. Sejal Shah, a board-certified dermatologist located in New York City, suggests that you should apply a light moisturizer to your face first, allowing time between product application.

Despite whether dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen to your face before or after moisturizer, most dermatologists agree that you wait at least 15 minutes to apply any product over or under your SPF to ensure you get the most sun protection. 

Okay, we know what you're thinking. Ain't nobody got time for that! We hear you. So let us propose our #lazygirllifehack.

  • Apply a thick moisturizer before bed, allowing your skin to wake up refreshed and quenched.
  • Then come morning time, your skin will not be crusty and our Resting Beach Face Sunscreen Serum can act as both a light moisturizer and SPF.

You can thank us later for your flawless skincare routine (and extra 15 minutes of sleep)! 

Now click here to see why people love our Resting Beach Face. 

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