Have you ever wondered what the difference between sunscreen and primer is, or why it’s important to apply sunscreen before makeup? Let’s take a look at why sunscreen is one of the most makeup products you should apply as part of your daily beauty routine.
What is makeup primer?
Makeup primer is a base coat for your skin. It’s used to help foundation, concealer and powder stick to the skin better, so you get more coverage with less product. You apply makeup primer after moisturizer but before foundation or tinted moisturizer.
Makeup primers can be tinted or clear, depending on what kind of look you want to achieve when applying your makeup (for example: if you want more coverage with less foundation). Some primers can also help with oil control, if you have oily skin, to give you matte skin before applying your foundation. So, make sure you choose a primer to complement your skin type.
What is sunscreen?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of exactly what sunscreen is and how it works, it’s important to understand how the sun affects your skin.
The sun emits ultraviolet radiation in three forms: UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVB rays are the shortest wavelength of ultraviolet light that reaches earth from the sun and causes damage to skin cells by producing free radicals (unstable chemical compounds).
These free radicals can lead to a number of issues such as premature aging, wrinkles and sagging skin. Longer wavelength UVA rays don’t cause as much damage, but can still contribute to hyperpigmentation or dark spots on your face.
The most effective way to protect yourself from these harmful rays is by applying sunscreen before going out into direct sunlight. Sunscreen comes in two different forms: physical block or chemical block.
Physical block sun protection products are made up of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which reflect UV rays away from your skin, while chemical blocks absorb them before they reach your epidermis (the top layer of skin).
Most experts agree that physical blocks are better than chemical ones when it comes to protecting against both short wave UVA light and long wave UVB light. So, ensure you have the optimum level of protection to protect your skin.
Do you apply sunscreen before or after primer?
So, do you apply sunscreen first or primer first? It’s generally accepted that sunscreen should be applied before any other skincare products.
This is because the ingredients in sunscreens can absorb more easily into the skin when it’s clean and hydrated than if you’re still wearing makeup or have applied moisturizer. Plus, having a layer of sunscreen on top of your face will ensure that all your exposed areas are fully protected from harmful UV rays (including your neck).
Primers aren’t as important for preventing sun damage as they are for keeping makeup in place throughout the day—which is why we recommend applying them second.
Even if you use a primer specifically designed for protecting against sun damage, remember that it won’t provide any additional protection once it’s covered over by foundation!
To get the most out of both products: apply thin layers over clean dry skin so that there isn’t too much product sitting on top of your face at once (this will help prevent clumping).
You can also use this step to double-check that every inch has been covered by both products (by using an applicator brush), but don’t forget to include areas like the back of hands which tend not be thought about when applying these things!
Can I wear primer over sunscreen? The bottom line is that sunscreen should always be applied prior to your makeup. This means applying it first thing in the morning, before you even leave the house. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a tinted moisturizer or foundation, as long as sunscreen is applied first and foremost.
Remember: The sun’s rays can cause damage not only on their own, but also when they interact with any product containing SPF in it (which most do).
Sunscreens should also be reapplied throughout the day, especially after swimming or sweating excessively because that indicates increased UV exposure.
Do all mineral sunscreen products give you a white cast?
Mineral sunscreens are a popular choice for those looking for a natural way to protect their skin from the sun. However, one common complaint about mineral sunscreens is that they can leave a white cast on the skin.
This is because most mineral sunscreens contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which are white. While it is possible to find mineral sunscreens that do not leave a white cast, they are often more expensive and harder to find than their traditional counterparts.
In general, mineral sunscreens with smaller particle sizes are less likely to leave a white cast. However, even sunscreens with large particle sizes can be used without leaving a white cast if they are applied properly.
When applying sunscreen, be sure to rub it in well and use a generous amount. By taking these steps, you can enjoy all the benefits of mineral sunscreen without the unwanted side effect of a white cast.
What is the difference between chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen?
Sunscreen is the foundation of any good sun protection routine. It comes in two forms: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light, while physical sunscreens reflect it away from your skin.
The latter is typically more effective at preventing burns, but the former tends to be cosmetically elegant and less likely to cause irritation or breakouts.
Physical sunscreen is more likely to cause a burn by absorbing UV rays instead of reflecting them away from the skin like their chemical counterparts do.
However, if you have sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts and/or irritation (like me), a chemical sunscreen could work better for you because it sits on top of your skin rather than penetrating into it as some physical ones tend to do.
How to know which types of sunscreen you need for your skin tone?
As the weather gets warmer, it’s important to remember to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. But with so many different types of sunscreen on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.
If you have fair skin, you’ll want to look for a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Those with medium skin tones should use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, while those with dark skin can get away with an SPF of at least 8.
Remember, no matter what your skin tone, it’s always important to reapply sunscreen every two hours when you’re outdoors. By following these simple guidelines, you can make sure that your skin stays healthy and protected all summer long.
Primer or sunscreen first? If you choose to apply your sunscreen after your makeup, make sure that it is a water-resistant formula. The best sunscreens will allow you to go outside without having to worry about your face getting red or burning.
When deciding primer or moisturizer or sunscreen first, think about what you’re going to do for the day ahead. If you plan on going outdoors for more than an hour during the day, please be sure to apply a moisturizer that contains SPF in order to protect yourself from harmful rays that could cause premature aging as well as skin cancer, and apply your sunscreen first as part of your makeup application. So, the answer to sunscreen or primer first, is sunscreen followed by primer.
Hi, my name is Gemma, and I’m the owner of MakeupMuddle.com. I’m a true beauty obsessive, and love writing about anything to do with beauty. In addition to Makeup Muddle, I also own GemmaEtc.com, and love sharing my thoughts and feelings about the greatest (and not so great) beauty products!