What Should I Apply First: Moisturizer Or Sunscreen?


Did you know that using sunscreen on our skin is not often enough to prevent all the unwanted damage unprotected sun exposure inflicts to it? Not if we’re not using it properly anyway.

That means in the right order. But what’s that? Should sunscreen be applied before moisturizer or should it be the last product we put on our skin?

For a long time, I thought the second option was the best. I’d go through my skincare routine as usual – cleanser, serum, moisturizer (you know the drill) – and then, at the end of it, and just before applying makeup, I’d slather on a thick layer of sunscreen.

Little did I know that, sometimes, that reduced the effectiveness of my sunscreen. I say sometimes because the order of application depends on what kind of sunscreen you use. Here’s what I mean:

chemical vs physical sunscreen

Chemical Sunscreens Need To Get In Contact With The Skin To Be Effective

According to Dr. Neal Schultz, a board-certified dermatologist who practices in Manhattan, chemical sunscreens (ie those that contain chemical UV filters like avobenzone, mexoryl, oxybenzone, and octocrylene, to name a few) should be applied before you put on your moisturizer.

That’s because active chemical sunscreen ingredients need time to bind to the skin so the chemical reaction that activates them can occur. That’s why your mom told you to apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before heading out the door.

By applying your moisturizer first, you’re interfering with this chemical reaction, preventing the sunscreen from interacting with the skin the way it should.

What about reapplying sunscreen during the day, when you already have your moisturizer on? Well, by the time you need to put on your sunscreen again, most of your moisturizer will have already worn off, and won’t therefore interfere with it much.

sunumbra sunscreen 30+

What About Physical Sunscreens?

Physical sunscreens contain minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These two form a shield on your skin. When the sun rays hit it, this shield simply bounces them off and away from the skin, protecting it from sun damage.

This means that, unlike chemical sunscreens, they don’t need to be activated by any mysterious chemical reaction. They don’t need to be applied half an hour in advance (they work immediately). And they don’t need to be applied before moisturizer.

Of course, if that’s what you like and are used to, you can apply them before your moisturizer. Some experts think that’s better anyway. That’s because some of the ingredients in our moisturizing creams can interfere with the sunscreen and make them less effective.

For example, your moisturizer could contain ingredients that could dilute your sunscreen, reducing the protection it offers, or make it harder to spread evenly so that some parts of your skin may be left unprotected. But if you’re careful, you can use these sunscreens after your moisturizer, if that’s what you like best.



What About Sunscreens That Contain Both Chemical And Physical Sunscreen Agents?

Some sunscreens contain both a mix of chemical and physical sunscreen agents. That’s because titanium dioxide and zinc oxide can leave a white cast on the skin and be difficult to blend, so some brands prefer to use them in smaller amounts and complement their sun protection properties with chemical sunscreen agents.

But this just adds to the confusion. If they contain both type of sunscreen ingredients, when should we apply them? Before or after moisturizer?

Again, there is not a definite answer on this, but considering that chemical sunscreens need to be in contact with the skin to work and physical blockers are better applied before moisturizer too, I think it makes sense to apply this type of sunscreen first too.

The Exception To The Rule

Just like any other rule, this one has its exception too. We have already discussed the proper order to apply your skincare products: from thinnest to thickest. This means that products with a lighter texture, like serums, should be applied before products with a thicker consistency, like moisturizers, to be properly absorbed into the skin. Most sunscreens do have a thick texture, so where do they fit in?

Unfortunately, that’s another question without a clear answer (aren’t you tired of them, already?). If you’re using an exfoliant or serum with a very light consistency, then you can apply it before sunscreen without compromising its efficacy. If, on the other hand, the sunscreen is lighter than the other skincare products you are using, then apply that first.

The Bottom Line

So, should you apply first moisturizer or sunscreen? Unfortunately, there isn’t always a definite rule to follow. The order of application depends both on the type of sunscreen you’re using and its consistency. But, if you want to be on the safe side, always apply it first (unless it has a super light texture).

Do you apply your sunscreen before or after your moisturizer?

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  1. Lisi says

    I apply my eyecream first (with spf), then my sunscreen (Avène) and then my moisturizer. I was always worried about doing it wrong – now that I read your article, I feel safer!

  2. Mami says

    Ah, I’m doing it in the wrong order.. oops.

    Also, how do you go about reapplying sunscreen during the day without compromising your makeup? Never figured that one out… Any tips??

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mami, if you’re using physical blockers, I guess it’s alright. But chemical sunscreens are best applied first. :)

      About reapplying sunscreen without ruining your makeup, I think the best option is to use a powder with SPF. It’s not ideal as powders can be easily brushed off skin, but if you’re not spending a lot of time outdoors, they’ll still do nicely.

  3. em says

    what if you are concerned with acne/skin problems? that just seems like a lot of layers of heaviness on the skin…concealer, moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen…

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Em, I agree. All this products create so many layers and can clog pores, making acne skin worse. I’d say just experiment until you find a combination of products that doesn’t cause problems with your skin. Or if you want to reduce the layers, then you can opt either for a moisturizer with SPF or use a sunscreen followed by a tinted moisturizer and concealer where needed. Hope this helps.

  4. says

    I use Revlon Photo Ready foundation and mix it with Estee Lauder Day wear. I apply this with a MAC brush. It is a perfect do it yourself cocktail for a tinted moisturizer. I also use lorac tinted moisturizer when I am too lazy haha. Estee Lauder Day Wear has spf in it.
    A really good sunblock to wear is neutrogena dry sun block 75. I put that on and then apply powder or foundation.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      The Beauty Mixer, that neutrogena sun block is very well formulated. I wish it were available here as well. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Fabulessbeauty, that’s great. I think most experts and derms agree that sunscreens (at least the chemical kind) should be applied first. :)

  5. Rachel says

    I tend to skip moisturizers and apply sunscreen instead due to my oily skin type. Are those the two sunscreen that you wear regularly? I’m thinking about giving the La Roche Posay one a try. Do you know if it works well with oily skin?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Rachel, I’ve used the Avene one for a while but had to give up because I hate the consistency. It’s the greasiest sunscreen I’ve ever tried and never seems to absorb! Eww. As for La Roche Posay, I find that works very well and it has a much lighter texture. I have combination skin and I find it works quite well on my oily t-zone so I think it may work for oily skin. But if you can, try and get a sample. :)

  6. hiru says

    u were right about apply the light texture then heavy one next,i watch this dermatologist video,he explain the same thing n do small experiment which really make sense about this
    i think mine probably chemical,so i think i should change my routine n apply it before moisturizer
    thank u for the post,i really like all your posts which make me subscribe just now :)
    p/s: i have question about sunscreen that always bugging me,do sunscreen can be apply around the eyes?i mean on the eyelid.Won’t it will be sting? but how to protect the skin on eyes?or else will become panda eyes..that wouldn’t be nice to look at…

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Hiru, thank you. I’m glad you found this post useful and you decided to subscribe. I hope to see you around often. :)

      Yes, if you are using a chemical sunscreen, wearing it before moisturizer would be best. :)

      As for the eye area, it depends on the sunscreen. Some chemical sunscreen can sting the eye area but it depends on your skin type and what your skin can tolerate. But usually, it is better to apply physical sunscreen (those with Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide) on the eye area as they don’t usually have side effects. Hope this helps.

  7. Amy says

    My sunscreen has titanium dioxide as well as a lot of others ingredients, does it means it’s both a chemical and physical sunscreen?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Amy, if some of the other ingredients are sunscreen agents such as avobenzone or mexoryl for example, than yes, it is both a chemical and physical sunscreen.

  8. Maxine says

    I find the very best sunscreen is Neutrogena Ulta Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with Helioplex. SPF 55. Great for the face – says “Dry Touch”, but isn’t drying at all and bonus is that it seems to act as a great primer before makeup! If I’m using a serum, I put that on before the sunscreen – but moisturizers, after…..seems to work. I live in Vancouver Canada where it seems to rain most of the winter, but I’ve started to use sunblock every day. Like everyone I used to lie in the sun (never again!), use sun beds and even (in the U.K.) used to lie slathered with baby oil and an alumininum board to catch the rays………..can you believe it!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Maxine, thanks for sharing. The Neutrogena sunscreen sounds wonderful and I’m glad it works well for you. And those are nasty habits indeed! I’m glad you quit them and have started using sunscreen everyday, that’s so important to protect skin from the harmful UV rays.

  9. cindy says

    thanks for the post! It helped me a lot. I have a question though, what is a chemical sunscreen and a physical sunscreen? I’ve never heard of this..what’s the difference and which is better. Thanks again!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Cindy, you’re welcome and I’m glad it did. Physical sunscreens are those sunscreens that contain only Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide. If your sunscreen contains any other sunscreen agent (such as Avobenzone, Mexoryl, Octocrylene etc) then it is a chemical sunscreen. Some sunscreens contain both too (such as Titanium Dioxide and Mexoryl for instance).

      Chemical sunscreens need to get in contact with the skin to be activated and thus be effective. When the UV rays hits the sunscreen, they transform it into a less damaging form of heat. They usually protect either only from UVA or UVB rays so several chemical ingredients are needed to offer broad spectrum protection. The problem with chemical sunscreens is that they can cause allergic reactions and, sometimes, free radicals too (although this problem can be avoided by using a sunscreen or moisturizer with antioxidants).

      Physical blockers instead act like shields. When the sun rays hit them, the rays are simply reflected off the skin and scattered away in the enviroment. They work from the moment they are applied on the skin as they don’t need to be activated. They are also the best sunscreen ingredients available because they both protect from both UVA and UVB rays and don’t cause irritations. However, they tend to leave a white cast behind and can cause breakouts in some people.

      Personally, I prefer physical sunscreens but I wouldn’t say that one type is better than the other. You should just choose the product that best suits your needs.

  10. shirush says

    hi.. i apply sunscreen first then my moisturizer and then my mineral makeup… but we need to re apply sunscreen right?… how do u do it when u have your make up on?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Shirush, reapplying sunscreen is necessary only if you go to the beach or spends hours outdoors. That’s because the sun rays break down the active ingredients in sunscreens, so the most time you spend in the sun, the more often you’ll have to reapply. If you stay most of the day indoors, walking outside just to go to your car or something like that, there is no need to reapply as very likely your sunscreen will stay intact all day. If you need to reapply it, though, you can do so by touching up your makeup with a powder containing SPF. Hope this helps.

  11. tiffany says

    Dear beautifulwithbrains
    really insightful article on sunscreen application, i learnt many tips thanks so much dear!! your site name is so aptly described :)

    btw, i have heard so much raves on skinceutical physical sunblock and i think it should work for my sensitive skin.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Tiffany, awww thank you! I’m glad this article helped you. I hope the skinceutical physical sunblock works well for you. I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve heard great things about it too.

  12. Leslee says

    After reading many articles on how important it is to use a sunscreen daily I now use Aubrey Organics SPF 15 Saving Face which has 12% Zinc Oxide.

    I have extremely sensitive skin with rosacea, this sunscreen doesn’t irritate my skin I’m thrilled to finally find a product that I can use :)
    Now.. I know to apply sunscreen first, then my moisturizer :)


    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Leslee, I’m glad I could be of help and that you managed to find a sunscreen that works well for you. It is so important to wear sunscreen and Zinc Oxide is my favourite sunscreen ingredient as it is gentle and effective.

  13. lily says

    I’ve applied Anthelios sunblock since I was 18 or 19, and apart from at the very start when I hadnt done my research yet, I’ve always worn it without moisturiser to be safe, then after that applied makeup. I find that with the lotion form or cream form, it’s moisturising enough anyway.

    However I’ve just started the practice of applying anthelios cream sunblock, wait a minute or so, then apply a layer of sunblock with zinc oxide (e.g. one from skinceuticals). If I need to re-apply, I apply another layer of zinc oxide sunblock, or I apply powder containing zinc oxide (if I’m wearing makeup). Is there anyone else who does this? It seems to me that this would be the most effective way to protect from the sun, but so few people do it, so I’m a little paranoid about whether this works.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Lily, if you find the sunscreen moisturizing enough, there is no need to use a moisturizer as well.

      And that should work just fine. Zinc Oxide stays on top of the skin and acts as a shield reflecting the sun rays away from it, and it also provide broad spectrum protection. So using it, and reapplying it when needed, is a very effective way to keep your skin protected from the sun.

  14. lily says

    Hi, I’m sorry to bother u again, but me and my friends were discussing something, and I told them I’d check wif the expert here (i.e. u, haha) =p

    Me and some of my friends usually wash our face wif just water in the morning, usually followed wif toner. There are quite a few dermatologists who recommend this for people wif dryer skin. The problem is does that completely remove the nighttime skincare products (since for chemical sunscreens it should be applied on bare skin)? I personally don’t see or feel any product residue after washing wif toner, but I’m still a little unsure. Cos skincare products sometimes contain oil-soluble ingredients, and I wonder if water can adequately remove those.

    Of cos, if one applies both physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen in the morning, the skin will be protected even if not applied on bare skin. But I’m talking about if a person only applies a chemical sunscreen. D’you think it’s essential to use a cleanser in the morning to wash off all nighttime products?

    Sorry for the long post!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Lily, I’m flattered haha.. I’m just a blogger who loves skincare but if I can help, I’m glad.

      If you don’t feel any product residue after washing with toner, then I wouldn’t worry. Washing your face with water and then using a toner should be enough. The consistency of toners shouldn’t really interfere with a chemical sunscreen so your skin will be protected from the sun rays.

      Using a cleanser is more important at night when you need to remove makeup and the dirt that may have accumulated on your face during the day. You can use it in the morning too but it’s not as important as at night. If you want to start using one anyway, you can try Cetaphil. It’s especially formulated for those with dry and sensitive skin and recommended by most dermatologists.

  15. Leslee says


    I really like this website and the information you provide to us :) Thank you!

    I have extremely sensitive skin, recently I found products that are fragrance free. The skin care products I am using are the CeraVe hydrating cleanser & moisturizing lotion. These products leave my skin so soft. My son has sensitive skin with eczema and he likes using these products also :) A favorite now for both of us :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Leslee, hi. You’re welcome and thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad you like it. And I’m also glad to hear that you finally found something that works well for both yours and your son’s sensitive skin. They sound really good products. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jyothi says

    Hi beautifulwithbrains,

    I am Jyothi,
    I read all your blogs & I feel I came to right place & I can also get right suggestion for my skin
    I have dull skin as per dermatologist suggestion I used kojiglo cream for 20 days , I feel It makes me so dark & dull look
    And I am using sunscross SPF 26 location , Is it ok ? request you to help me with few question..
    1) I use fash gel face wash, Is it fine?

    2) Which is the best moisturize to use, please suggest me moisturizer which does not make face dark & when to use (i.e before suncross SPF 26 or after suncross SPF 26) ?

    3) When should I apply makeup –whether on moisturizer or on sunscreen?

    4) Please suggest me best makeup cream which get instant glow, fresh look & which remains same at least for 3 hrs on face…

    5) Do you think night cream are necessary, if so which is the best …
    Or can I use moisturizer itself.

    Please help me with the above question.. I will waiting for your reply..
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Hello Jyothi, I’m glad you enjoy my blog and I hope I can help you with your questions. :)

      1. Yes, using a gel face wash is fine and so is using sunscreen with SPF26.

      2. There are lots of good moisturizers on the market but to recommend the right one for you I would need to know more about your skin type. Is it oily, dry or normal? Do you have any particular skin concerns? Also, when to apply it depends on what kind of sunscreen you’re using. If you use a chemical sunscreen, apply that first. If you use a physical one, you can apply it either before or after moisturizer.

      3. Either way is fine. Just make sure you apply sunscreen and moisturizer in the right order, and then apply makeup.

      4. What do you mean by makeup cream? A foundation? A primer or a moisturizer?

      5. I think it is necessary to use a moisturizer at night but you don’t have to necessarily buy a night cream. Your day moisturizer would be fine too.

      I hope this helped.

  17. Jyothi says


    Thanks for your reply & concern..
    As per your suggestion I will continue to use fash gel face wash..

    When consultant dermatologist they told below things..
    I have oily skin (I have oily skin –but not too oily, I don’t get oiliness on my face.. I feel Its combination of oily & normal skin) I have high pigmentation & tan problem
    So they suggested Suncross SPF 26 Sunscreen lotion (is fine for my skin )?
    I was using Vaseline healthy weight moisturizer but doctor said not to use..

    Currently I m not using any moisturizer..I am applying kojiglo cream after the Suncross SPF 26 sunscreen lotion –but as I said it makes my face soo dark .. I am waiting for ur suggestion to buy right moisturizer

    Please suggest me which moisturizer to use & when should I apply (( I mean before Suncross SPF 26 sunscreen lotion or after this )
    I am using lakme foundation, but I want to change it –so please suggest me any good cream to get fair & fresh look …

    What is this primer? IS this used as foundation? I don’t know about it…
    Which one is more effective –primer cream or foundation for my skin?

    My last request with you is to help me to apply all this in the right order
    I am waiting for all your suggestion
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    • beautifulwithbrains says


      if your doctor suggested the Suncross sunscreen then it should be alright for your skin type.

      If you have pigmentation problem then you need a moisturizer with brightening ingredients. I’m not sure where you live so I’ll suggest a few products that I think may be suitable for you and you can buy what’s more easily available to you. Some good options are: Paula Begoun RESIST Clearly Remarkable Skin Lightening Gel, Dermalogica Extreme C and Olay Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate.

      If the Sunscreen sunscreen is a chemical one, then apply that first. If instead it is a physical sunscreen, you can use it either before or after moisturizer.

      Chanel Mat Lumiere and Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup SPF 15 are good foundations for your skin type.

      A primer is a product used before foundation to make the latter last longer. Not everyone needs it. I have combination skin and use it only on special occasions cos usually my foundation lasts all day on its own.

      Hope this helps.

  18. chandru says

    i have a dry skin ..can you please tel me how many times a day should i apply the moisturizer and the sunscreen ?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Chandru, you can apply your moisturizer as many times as you need to. As for sunscreen, that fades during the day and the more you are exposed to the sun, the quicker that happens. If you are spending a lot of time outdoors, especially on very sunny days, you should reapply every two or three hours, otherwise a touch up during the day should be enough. Hope this helps.

  19. chandru says

    thank you :) … so is it a must to always take bath before i apply moisturizing cream repeatedly when my skin gets dryer? will it have any side effects on my face or neck or any other parts of the body if i apply moisturizing first and sunscreen next before i step out of my house? can i go out immediately after i apply such creams ? or do i need to wait for half n hour or so after applying it?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Chandru, there’s no need to take a bath every time you want to apply a cream. Just wash yourself in the morning, then apply moisturizer and reapply only when needed.

      As for the other two questions, the answers depends on what kind of sunscreen you are using. Physical sunscreens (those that contain titanium dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide) can be applied either before or after moisturizer and you can just step outside the house immediately after you slathered them on. That’s because these act as a shield that reflects the sun rays away from your face.

      Chemical sunscreens instead need to get in contact with the skin to get activated (a process that requires about half an hour, hence why it is recommended that you wait that long before leaving the house after application) and so need to be applied on bare skin, before moisturizer. Hope this helps.

  20. chandru says

    shouldn’t i wash my face after 2 to 3 hours if i apply my moisturizer and sunscreen when i reach my office/college..???because my skin gets exposed to dust ..so i usually wash my face …is it wrong to do that ?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Chandru, there’s nothing wrong with washing your face several times throughout the day if it is dirty but make sure you use a very gentle face wash so you don’t irritate skin. It would also be better to reapply sunscreen and moisturizer again afterwards.

  21. chandru says

    how to check whether the sunscreen which i use is chemical or physical ? ?

    and also i am a college going student …so its not possible for me to carry my sunscreen lotion and moisturizer with me?so what do i do in that case after i have a
    face wash after reaching my college?

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Chandru, if you’re sunscreen contains Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide, then it is a physical sunscreen. If it contains other sunscreen agents, then it is chemical. And if it contains both types (for example, Titanium Dioxide and Mexoryl), then it is a combination of the two.

      Mmm, can you carry a moisturizer with SPF to college with you? Or maybe a powder with SPF (although considering your skin is dry, a moisturizer would be better)? If you can’t take any products at all, I wouldn’t know what to suggest apart from staying out of the sun and away from windows too as much as possible.

  22. carmen says

    i have a cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen. the best routine for me is to use the leanser toner and sunscreen in the day when i leave to go out to work, run errands etc. and i use the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer at nightime before bed. that way i get the best of both at the appropriate times. but thats just me!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Carmen, if that’s what works best for you, then keep doing it. Some sunscreens also have moisturizing ingredients so using that alone can be enough for some people.

  23. says

    I have bit oily skin, as per Derm suggestion,I am using fash foam face wash, kojiglo cream & suncross suncream loation from 2 months, but I feel these both cream make my skin very oily & dark, I have become more dark that before & I have got some pipmples…

    I heard Neutrogena 14-DAY SKIN RESCUE™ kit & is good. It contains these 3 products.
    (1. Cleanser (59 mL tube)
    2. SPF 30 (14 mL tube)
    3. Night Cream (14 mL tube)

    can you check this & suggest me whether I can use this product, hope this does’t have any side effects…
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Jyothi, I’ve checked the ingredient lists of these products and they seem ok, although you have to try them to see how effective they are for you or if they’ll give you a bad reaction. Although, since you said you have oily skin, I’m not sure this kit is right for you because the cream contains Glycolic Acid instead than Salicylic Acid. They are both effective exfoliants but SA works better for oily skin. Hope this helps.

  24. mariam says

    i have a very dry skin….i wake up in the morning i wash my face then dry it. after i put moisturiser cream on my face then i let it stay on for 10 mins. then i put powder next but when i put powder on my face it looks very dry…what should i do so that it doesnt look dry from close

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mariam, powders tend to be drying so if you have dry skin I would stop using that. Hope this helps.

      • mariam says

        sorry to bother you again but what should i use instead of powder? i have alittle bit of acne on my cheeks and my cheeks are kind of red because of the acne?i dont know if i should use liquid foundation? if i use foundation on my face the acne on my cheeks wont get worse or it will get worse i dont really know?

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Mariam, you’re not bothering me at all. That depends on the foundation really. If you use one that’s oil-free, such as Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 for example, then you shouldn’t experience any problems. I’d still recommend trying a sample first to see how it works on you before splurging on the full size though.

  25. Ceejei says

    Thank you for the very helpful information.

    I’m using Olay total effects day moisturizer with SPF 15 in a very minimal amount, just enough to cover face and neck. Is this enough? Or should i still apply sunscreen?

    Also, after this I’m also applying light powder just to get rid of the greasy / oily effect. Here in the middle east, temperature could get really high and my face looks like i jog a mile so i put a little powder. Is this routine advisable? If not, what could be the best way to get rid of the greasy / oily effect of the moisturizer?

    At night, i just use face wash and Olay total effects night moisturizer.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Ceejei, that’s definitely not enough, especially if you only apply a small amount. You’d still need to use sunscreen and apply it liberally too to get adequate protection from the sun rays. And using a powder on top of it to keep the shine at bay is alright.

  26. mia says

    i do that too.mine is a mary kay moisturizer with spf 15.i apply it liberally though.what physical sunscreen do you think is best for oily and sensitive skin?tnx

  27. Ceejei says

    Again, thank you for the insight.

    Another question about the difference between sunblocks and sunscreens.
    I just read though that the sunblocks are rather richer in texture than sunscreens. That it is visibly white in color when applied to the face. My skin isn’t that fair to match the color of the sunblock else, i would look like a dough sprinkled with flour. (hahaha)

    So, aside from the moisturizer that i’m currently using, should i use a sunblock or a sunscreen? And is there such thing as a colorless sunblock? And is sunblock lotion applicable to face also. Would it matter if i use a sunblock or a sunscreen? Sorry if i have too many questions. Its just that I’ve never used such before…. you know..as part of everyday routine.

    Would really appreciate your advice.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Ceejei, yes sunblocks tend to leave a white cast on skin because they contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are white in color. To solve this problem, companies have come out with sunblocks which contain nanoparticles of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Because these particles are really small, they won’t leave a white cast on skin. They can be used on the face as well.

      Whether to use a sunblock or a sunscreen is a matter of personal preference really. The important thing is that, whatever product you use, it contains both UVA and UVB filters.

      If you have any further questions, just ask away. :)

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Sunblocks and sunscreeens are often used interchangeably (I’m guilty of that too sometimes), but actually the first term refers to products with physical sunscreen agents (ie titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) and work by reflecting UV rays away from the skin, while the second to those with chemical sunscreen agents (such as avobenzone or mexoryl for instance) and work by transforming UV rays into a less damaging form of heat.

  28. mia says

    i know this is off topic..but what can i use to get rid of fine lines especially the vertical lines that are starting to show between my eyebrows? *sigh*

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mia, there really isn’t anything that gets rids of fine lines forever but there are a few things you can do to help. First of all, use sunscreen and a cream or serum full of antioxidants to prevent further damage. Then, you can use a moisturizer with silicones and/or hyaluronic acid that will fill fine lines in and make them look less obvious (of course the effects are only temporary). Use an exfoliant a few times a week. This will get rid of the dead cells on the surface and expose the brighter and younger skin underneath. Finally, use a product with retinoids as they are the only thing that can actually reduce the signs of aging (but be patient as it can takes a few months before you start seeing results). Hope this helps.

      • mia says

        yeah u r right..i heard of retinoids..and those peptides whatever they call it.i will really do something bout this bfore it’s too late.i often get mistaken for someone older than my age and it annoys me really.tnx gorgeous.

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Mia, peptides are actually quite tricky. There are just so many of them available and while some are very effective and can help fight premature aging, others don’t really do much. Before buying a product with peptides you may wanna make sure it contains one that actually does something.

          That’s annoying indeed. But with the right products, you can have younger-looking skin. And sooner you start, the better. :)

  29. Ceejei says

    Thank you very much beautifulwithbrains. Looking forward to more beauty tips and very useful information.

  30. mia says

    and ohh i forgot to ask..what do u think about neutrogena sunscreen w/ helioplex?what about aveeno?have u tried any of thse?are they good for oily and sensitive skin?i tried to look fo the sunscreen uv mentioned but im havin a hard time finding one…i just arrived frm the nearby city.bt maybe it’s in the key cities.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mia, unfortunately it’s not easy to find a good sunblock as most products on the market contain chemical sunscreen ingredients. I haven’t tried Neutrogena sunscreens because they’re not available here but I know they make one that’s suitable for oily and sensitive skin. It’s called Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30. Aveeno sunscreens are usually pretty good too.

  31. mia says

    Thank you for your advice.I’ve been thinking of buying either of the two.Il try to look for blue lizard in the city.but if i wont find one, il go for aveeno.tnx again.i appreciate it a lot.iv been reading reviews bout it but im just not quite sure if what im reading is a paid review or the real one.thats why i prefer blogs…bloggers..like u.tc Godbless.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mia, you’re welcome. I hope you’ll be able to find them. I’m really glad that you enjoy my blog and I prefer reading blog reviews too. Bloggers try the products and list both the pros and cons which is very helpful to determine whether the products reviewed will suit your needs or not. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Mia, it’s wonderful, isn’t it? A very effective sunscreen, I’m sure you’ll like it. :)

  32. jaya says

    hey, i want ur advice,

    i dont know first we apply the moisturzer or sunscreen?

    i use lakme sunscreen and moisturzer. i want to apply fairness cream also.

    please reply to me step by step to apply the cream.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Jaya, as a general rules, you should apply products with a lighter texture first and those with a heavier texture last. However, if you’re using a chemical sunscreen, it’s best to apply that before moisturizer as it needs to get into contact with the skin to be really effective.

  33. joana says

    Hi, I used elizabeth arden moisturizer first then followed by neutrogena with moisturizer(normal/oily) with spf 30. then after 4 hours, heaps of pimples came out to my face.. i dont know what happened… i dont know if that is an allery or what..

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Joana, I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like you had a bad reaction to one of the products. Were you using them for the first time?

  34. says

    Dear beautifulwithbrains,
    my skin is normal. but my friends tell me that walking in sunlight after applying the fairness cream makes my skin appear dark and dry….please suggest me some ways to prevent this…….please….. <3

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Jeena, I have no idea of what cream you are using and what ingredients it contains, so I’m not sure why it darkens your skin. My guess is that it contains ingredients that make it more susceptible to the sun rays so I’d suggest you always wear a good broad-spectrum sunscreen before stepping out of the house. Hope this helps.

  35. Cheryl says

    Hi, great information! May I make one follow up suggestion for everyone? Please make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears. I am 48 years old, and last year had most of the cartilage removed from my left ear due to skin cancer (I’ve had 3 skin cancer surgeries in the past 4 years). The scary part is that none of my cancers looked “scary,” simply dry skin. Thanks for allowing me to get on my soap box :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Cheryl, thanks a lot for your comment and sharing your experience with us. I’m sorry you had to go through that it’s awful and I hope you’re fully recovered now. Thanks for the remainder, I’m sure it will help other people see how important it is to apply sunscreen on the ears too. :)

  36. daniel says

    Hi, m a 17 year old boy, I think I have a oily skin. I have lost my fairness since I spend my time playing football. Could you please list out what should I apply to regain my fairness, not only for face even for hands and legs also. If possible list out the products for dry skin also.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Daniel, hi. Did you wear sunscreen while playing football? Cos it seems to me that your skin is simply tanned, so it will go back to normal on its own, but wearing a sunscreen daily would prevent it from happening again.

      What products for dry skin do you want me to list?

      • daniel says

        will a sunscreen alone work the best. It’s been 1 month and i hav found vry little change. I hav been using lakme sunscreen (spf 24) since 1 month.

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Daniel, if your skin is tanned, sunscreen should help. Maybe try using one with a higher SPF. I’m not really sure what else could cause your skin to darken..

  37. Barb says

    I use Bananna Boat SPF 50, have very dry skin and am a blonde with very fair complexion. I find that other sunscreens dry my skin (especially Neutrogena) so much that it actually burns. The Bananna Boat is a broad spectrum chemical cream but after using it a while it also seems to dry my skin. Therefore, I have started applying my moisturizer (Revlon Eterna 27 w/ Progenitin) first, letting it set, and then applying the sunscreen. I worry that I’m going against most advice but sunscreens on my bare skin seem to really dry it out. I’m not a sun worshipper so my needs are just the normal outdoor errand -running, going to the gym, etc. I love the Eterna 27 and would be a prune without it. Any advice????

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Barb, I’m sorry you have such a hard time finding a sunscreen that doesn’t dry your skin. It’s not really a good idea to apply moisturizer before a chemical sunscreen as that’s gonna compromise its efficacy. Have you tried doing the opposite, applying sunscreen first, let it set and slather moisturizer on afterwards?

      • Barb says

        I have but I always feel like I’m compromising the sunscreen by putting the moisturizer over it. Is the secret letting the sunscreen set for 20-30 minutes before applying the Eternal cream??? Thanks for your help.

        • beautifulwithbrains says

          Barb, you won’t be compromising the efficacy of the sunscreen if you apply moisturizer on top of it, just as long as you allow it to set first. It’s applying moisturizer before sunscreen that makes it less effective because chemical sunscreen agents need to be absorbed by the skin to be “activated” and do their job. Because of it, any product applied before sunscreen can compromise its absorption and thus its efficacy.

  38. Amy says

    After applying sunscreen, how long should I wait to apply the moisturizer?

    Is it ok to apply just the sunscreen and skip the moisturizer since it might be too much for an oily skin?
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  39. nelly says

    i have started using Avene sunscreen spf50 since past 2 days. i apply a moisturiser first and then the sunscreen . Im i goin right way ? also i wanted to know if this sunscreen work well if not which one would u suggest me?
    i have a dry skin and have got tanned

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Nelly, do you mean the Avene High Protection Mineral Cream SPF50? That is a very good sunscreen. It contains Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide which work by creating a “shield” on the skin that scatters the sun rays away from it, so it can be applied either before or after sunscreen, whatever you prefer.

  40. nish says

    hey beautifulwithbrains…….. just wanna say u’r doin a great job ……i have all the answers to the questions tat i wanned to ask without askin them…..pcdt

  41. Amy says


    I just went to a dermatologist for my moderate acne on face. She prescribed ZIANA (clindamncin phosphate 1.2% and tretinoin 0.025%) Gel. It costs $500 but i got it for free since i have insurance and the coupon the doctor gave me. Anyway, my question is that i also just started using the cleanser the doctor gave me and i don’t seem to have more breakout on my skin and the old acne is healing somewhat so should I use this gel also or not? my skin feels so soft now and after using this gel, it will be dry and peeling off skin as per the reviews and what the doctor said. im confused whether to use this gel or not! plz advise.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Amy, hi. Wow, that’s one expensive gel! Wasn’t there a cheaper option? Oh well, at least you got it for free. Anyway, if your dermatologist has prescribed you the gel, then I’d use it. I know you’re worried about the peeling, but that’s normal when you use tretinoin. Your skin needs to get used to it but after a few days the peeling should stop.


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