It is recommended to apply sunscreen before moisturizer for the best protection against harmful UV rays. Sunscreen creates a barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays, preventing damage that can cause sunburn, premature aging, and even skin cancer.
When you apply moisturizer first, it can create a barrier that prevents sunscreen from penetrating the skin properly, reducing its effectiveness. However, if you have very dry skin, you can apply a lightweight moisturizer before applying sunscreen to prevent your skin from becoming too dry.
So, the recommended order of application is:
Cleanser: Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup.
Toner: Apply a toner to help balance your skin’s pH level and to prepare it for the next steps.
Serum: Apply a serum that contains antioxidants or vitamin C to protect your skin from environmental damage.
Moisturizer: Apply a lightweight moisturizer to hydrate your skin.
Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
By following this order of application, you can ensure that your skin is properly protected and hydrated, and your sunscreen is working effectively to prevent sun damage.