Can you skip moisturizer and just use sunscreen? Will that damage your skin? Why or why not?
Should you skip your daytime moisturizer if you’re putting on sunscreen?
Well the short answer is; it depends. It depends on a few things. It depends on the climate, it depends on the sunscreen, and more importantly it depends on what works for your skin and what makes your skin happy.
At the end of the day it didn’t matter what advice else says, your skin is the boss!
Okay, so you’ve decided to do away with moisturizer, What does that mean for your skin if it’s dry, aging, oily skin etc?
Can you skip the moisturizer and just use sunscreen when you have dry skin?
If you know your skin is dry and dehydrated, applying an effective hydrating moisturizer before sunscreen won’t hurt. A moisturizer will help to hydrate your skin while the sunscreen will help protect face from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to use a separate moisturizer. There are great sunscreens available that have moisturizing ingredients in them and eliminate the need for a separate moisturizer by providing similar results – they work well.
So if you’ve been using sunscreen without using a separate moisturizer first and your skin looks and feels fine, then honestly I wouldn’t worry about it- your skin is fine, let it be.
But if you don’t use a moisturizer and your skin seems irritated, dry, or is peeling, then you might need a moisturizer before your sunscreen or need to use a moisturizing sunscreen.
Okay, but what about if you have oily skin?
Can you skip moisturizer and just use sunscreen if you have oily skin?
Again, this will be different for everyone. If you are using sunscreen and your skin feels great just wearing that then it is best to continue with what you are doing. So yes, if your skin is oily then you can skip out on moisturizing and use sunscreen instead.
Just remember to use a moisturizer for oily skin as well. Most people who have oily skin assume that they do not need any moisturizer, but when you wash your face, you are simply washing the oil right off of the surface and it needs replenishing.
If you’re constantly washing your face without replacing the moisture in your skin, your sebaceous glands can overcompensate and go into overdrive by manufacturing more oil than is necessary.
So, even if you have oily skin like me, it can actually be counterproductive to avoid moisturizer. If you still want to use a moisturizer but find that they’re over moisturizing and making your skin oily, another solution is using a lightweight moisturizer.
Choose something with hyaluronic acid, a humectant that will help to hydrate your skin. Using an oil-free moisturizer might prove to work a lot better for your oily skin and you won’t have to go without using one.
Is a moisturizer with sunscreen enough?
Yes, you can use a moisturizer that contains SPF and it will be effective. You just want to find one that has a high SPF (30 or more) so it protects against UVB and UVA rays.
I have noticed, in my experience of shopping for moisturizers with SPF, that most of them tend to carry an SPF rating of 15 which isnt enough. I always look for an SPF of 30 or more and personally like to use a 50 rating as I don’t always get the chance to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
You should also make sure to use it generously, which is actually something that most people don’t do. Make sure to apply it throughout the day, and on any parts of your body that will be exposed. That means your ears, neck, hands, and face.
Is it okay to wear only sunscreen everyday?
A lot of modern sunscreens are moisturizing, so you can get away with skipping a separate moisturizer.
If your skin doesn’t normally have any issues with dryness and your sunscreen is moisturizing enough, it’s okay to wear only sunscreen everyday.
However, if your skin gets dry and/or flaky, then you should probably use a moisturizer as well.
After sunscreen what’s next?
Sunscreen is usually the last step in a skin care routine. You would cleanse, treat, and moisturize before applying sunscreen as the last step. So after you’ve applied your sunscreen you follow it with makeup if you want to wear it, or that’s it.
Just remember to reapply every two hours so your skin can continue getting protection from the suns UVA and UVB rays.