How Do You Apply Sunscreen with Makeup?

Sunscreen might be the last thing most people think about when the weather is cooler, but it’s still a necessity—yes, even if you’re travelling somewhere where there’s snow and the sun doesn’t shine as much. Dermatologists will always tell you that sunscreen is an absolute must for your routine if you want to reduce your risk of skin cancer while avoiding the rapid aging that can be caused by too much sun exposure. At Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, our board-certified dermatologists provide wrinkle injections for Los Angeles-area patients, along with an extensive range of other medical and cosmetic skin treatments.

Among the many women and men we work with, we see numerous patients who are unsure of how to combine sunscreen with makeup, especially if they have acne-prone skin and want to avoid breakouts.

Even though slathering sunscreen onto your body can seem like the easiest thing in the world, it gets a lot more complicated when makeup is involved. It can be frustrating trying to re-apply sunscreen without ruining a picture-perfect look. Not to mention, so many products containing sunscreen are now available, so patients may be unsure as to whether their cosmetics are giving them the protection they need.

See below for a few basic tips on wearing sunscreen and makeup:

There’s a Correct Order

The best order for layering on makeup and sunscreen is this: Apply your sunscreen first as a base before you put on any other makeup. After you’ve added moisturizer and other skin friendly ingredients on top of that, then comes makeup, and finally another layer of sunscreen for additional protection.

Make Sure You Apply Enough Sunscreen

A quarter-sized amount is usually ideal, whether you’re applying sunscreen or a moisturizer that has a sun protection factor.

Re-Apply Consistently

Sunscreen wears off after a few hours of use. You need to continually reapply sunscreen over your makeup, especially if you’re going to be spending time in the sun. If you’re looking for an alternative to sunscreen, tinted sunscreens are another option.

Want healthier, more youthful-looking skin? Talk to our board-certified and cosmetic fellowship-trained dermatologists at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills for more advice about wrinkle injections and other types of aesthetic procedures, sunscreen, makeup, and more. Fill out a contact form online or call us directly at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation.


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