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Apply Sunscreen Before or After Moisturizer

Which goes on first? Sunscreen or moisturizer? Let’s finally figure it out!

We all know by now that we need to protect ourselves from sun damage and maintain moisture in our skin to look good and stay healthy, and the duo for the job is sunscreen and moisturizer. Let’s have a refresher to emphasize the importance of these products in your routine; this is where all good skincare journeys start!

Why are Sunscreen and Moisturizer Important?

Sunscreen protects from harmful UV rays that can irritate the skin leading to sunburn, skin aging, and further damage that can lead to skin cancer. To avoid unnecessary damage to our hard-at-work skin barrier, rely on sunscreen for an added shield that will help keep you damage-free.

And no, you can’t skip it if it’s cloudy or cold – sunscreen is vital to keep wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots at bay every day, no matter the weather.

A moisturizer keeps your skin nourished and hydrated throughout the day. It replenishes your natural moisture barrier to keep your skin from dryness, flakiness, and roughness, by creating a protective layer that shields you from environmental stressors such as harsh weather and pollution.

In short, if you want your skin to stay soft and supple, a moisturizer will be your best friend!

And most importantly, you can’t have one without the other, as they give you two different protection your skin needs.

Apply Sunscreen Before or After Moisturizer

Should I Apply Sunscreen Before or After Moisturizer?

Now that we have covered the basics, let’s get back to the issue at hand – there needs to be more clarity about how to apply sunscreen and moisturizer. Well, it depends on a few factors.

If you are using a chemical sunscreen, use it first before applying moisturizer.

But if you are using a physical sunscreen, use it after moisturizer.

Chemical Sunscreen works by absorbing and neutralizing the sun’s UV rays. These UV rays are converted into (low-level) heat and released from the body.

Mineral or Physical Sunscreen sits on top of the skin, creating a physical barrier that reflects and scatters UV rays away from the skin.

chemical sunscreen

Chemical Sunscreen: Pros and Cons



Mineral Sunscreen

Mineral Sunscreen: Pros and Cons



There is still extensive debate and research about these two types of sunscreen, but the verdict by experts and dermatologists is that: it’s better than nothing.

Both are safe to use, especially if well-formulated. And like all other skincare products, it still depends on your unique skin type and needs.

But there is no denying the potential risk from UV exposure and prolonged sun damage, so either can be used for sun protection.

How Long to Wait Before Moisturizer?

Some say 15-20 minutes, but that is typically how long you should wait after putting on sunscreen before going out.

Our best suggestion is to wait a minute for your moisturizer or sunscreen (depending on which type of sunscreen you are using) to absorb and dry into the skin before layering on the other.

The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen and Moisturizer


Black Truffle Vitamin C CleanserMake sure you are applying on a well-cleansed face. We recommend the Black Truffle Vitamin C Cleanser for a gentle cleanse with the power of Vitamin C and Truffles.


White Truffle TonerNext, you can choose a toner like our White Truffle Toner to prime the skin for more nourishment.


White Truffle Day MoisturizerApply your moisturizer evenly, allowing it to absorb for a few minutes. The White Truffle Day Moisturizer boasts intense hydration that gives you a rosy glow.


truffoire Brightening Cream +SPF30After the wait, apply a generous amount of mineral sunscreen with at least an SPF 30+ to ensure protection. We suggest the Brightening Cream +SPF30 for moisturized and protected skin!

Note: Just a reminder, if you opt for a chemical sunscreen, it goes first before your moisturizer.

Additional Skincare Tips

Consider using separate products for sunscreen and moisturizer. While some moisturizers offer SPF, note that sunscreens are still the best option for a dedicated sun protection product.

Besides choosing a sunscreen with SPF 30+, look for one that offers broad-spectrum protection that shields against UVA and UVB rays.

When choosing your moisturizer, make sure that it is suitable for your skin type and needs. For oily skin, use a lightweight and oil-free formula. For dry skin, choose a heavier and more hydrating moisturizer.

Frequently Asked Questions

The rule of thumb is to reapply sunscreen every two (2) hours to maintain protection. But if you are active (swimming or sweating), reapply more often for continuous protection throughout the day.

If measuring in tablespoons, dollops, and shot glasses is confusing, according to this dosage guide, you can use the two-finger rule for sections of your body that will likely be exposed to the sun.

Simply squeeze sunscreen along the length of two (2) fingers from the crease of your palm to the tip of your index and middle fingers and use that to measure how much to put on your face and neck, arms, and legs!

It sounds inviting, like hitting two skincare steps with one concoction, but no. Combining the two may alter or dilute the efficacy of your sunscreen rather than be as effective as they are when used separately.

It is not necessarily advisable to do so. Some experts even say using SPF at night may clog your pores. Applying a dedicated nighttime moisturizer is the way to go, as it helps restore lost moisture during the night.

Conclusion: Apply Sunscreen Before or After Moisturizer

Having sunscreen and moisturizer in your routine is an important step toward your dream skin. With these steps and recommendations, your skin will always have the necessary protection, hydration, and nourishment to achieve your best and healthiest self.

Glowing skin takes work, but it’s all worth it at the end of the day! A few extra steps, a little more care, and attention will result in a more radiant complexion.

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