Can you use sunscreen as a moisturizer?

As we begin to enjoy the first summer post covid pandemic many of us are thinking about summer holidays and that means being out more in the sun. The importance of applying sunscreen is fundamental and we have written about this in many previous articles.

But some of us heading out on a sunny day and applying sunscreen may be wondering do they need to apply moisturizers even after they have applied sunscreen. Essentially the question is can sunscreen replace a moisturizer. We recommend reading a great article about sunscreen as part of skincare routine we have written to also get more insight into this subject.

In the past we have discussed using repairing cream as a moisturizer, when it comes to whether sunscreen can be used as a moisturizer the answer is yes if the sunscreen has enough of certain ingredients. Some of these ingredients that can make a sunscreen suitable to be used as a moisturizer are ceramides, emollients, and humectants. If these ingredients are present in a sunscreen that means they help to prevent moisture loss which helps to lubricates the skin.

You must note that not all sunscreen products are made equally. Certain sunscreens are composed of formulas that have many defensive and protective emollients in them. At the same time some sunscreen brands do not have these protective emollients in them and are thinner. If the sunscreen you are using is lighter and does not have many emollients in it, you need to apply more of it to be able to get the moisturizing benefits.

But if you are using a sunscreen that is light when it comes to emollients, and you are applying a lot of it your skin may feel heavy and the sunscreen on your skin will be greasy. If you are planning to use sunscreen on your face as a moisturizer it is recommended to try several sunscreens and find the one that feels right on your skin. Please refer to the following article about how much skincare products to use.

One other issue to consider when using sunscreen on your skin as a moisturizer is whether using sunscreen regularly every day on your skin as a moisturizer can harm your skin. First you must know that the skin on your face is more sensitive than skin on other parts of your body.

So, when replacing your moisturizer with sunscreen you need to make sure you do not apply  sunscreen brands in particular on your face that can irritate your skin or make it red and cause break outs. The best way to prevent irritations or breakouts is to choose sunscreen that is labelled oil-free, non-comedogenic” or “perfume-free since they are safer in particular for sensitive skins.

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