What Should I Apply First This Winter – Moisturizer or Sunscreen?

One of the biggest winter beauty no-nos is to stop wearing sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what the temperature outside is. The sun is so powerful, UV rays easily pass through clouds. In winter, it’s especially important to take care of your skin. You should be moisturizing and protecting from sun damage. Depending on your skin type, you may need significantly more moisture during the wintertime and your average morning moisturizer and sunscreen combo may not cut it.

When it comes to layering products, there’s a specific order in which to apply. You want to start with the lightest product, such as a serum. Next, even if your sunscreen is thicker than your moisturizer, you should still apply your sunscreen first. You want to make sure your sunscreen can fully absorb into your skin. If you apply moisturizer first, the sunscreen may not completely sink into your skin and provide complete protection.

As we approach winter, here is your go-to morning skincare routine:

If you have dry skin, wash your face with a cream face wash. After patting dry, apply a lightweight serum, such as Fresh’s Hydrating Face Serum. Let the serum soak into your skin for one to two minutes. Next, apply a sunscreen with at least SPF 30+. Make sure it protects against both UVA and UVB rays! A great newer offering is Murad’s Invisiblur™ Perfecting Shield. Once you’ve applied a thick layer of sunscreen, wait at least three minutes for it to soak into your skin. Finally, follow with a day moisturizer.

Even if you have oily or combination skin, you still want to moisturize. Start with a lightweight sunscreen. We love the Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30. It’s very lightweight, as it’s a serum, but protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Once your sunscreen has set, follow with a non-oily moisturizer, like Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Gel moisturizers are ideal for oily and combination skin, as it’s more water-based and, therefore, less greasy.

Most dermatologists recommend that you don’t apply more than three formulas at a time. Along with your moisturizer and sunscreen, you could also apply a serum, but don’t apply anything else. Applying too many products can overwhelm your skin and can possibly prevent certain ingredients from working. When in doubt, try to find products that can double as both moisturizers and sunscreens.

Beyond your skincare, make sure you protect your body from sun damage as well. Stay warm and protected with the Sundriven Lena 6-way hooded wrap. You can wear it in – yep, you guessed it! – six different ways. The botanical fabric keeps you warm, without ever feeling clammy or sweaty. Best of all, the fabric has UPF 50+.

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