Friday, March 31, 2017

Do You Really Need A Separate Daily Moisturizer And Sunscreen?

Simple answer? No.

As usual, I have a few caveats but I'll get to them in a moment. This is quite simple for once!
Here's the deal, we have the technology these days to combine the properties of a sunscreen and a moisturizer in one product. Formulations have become more advanced and nuanced than ever before.

This is fine to do if you follow these rules:
  • Using the right product for your skin type/condition is essential: non-comedogenic for acne-prone, elegant feel for makeup wearers, lipid-based for a drier skin etc.
  • Use enough. No "dabbing". A line down the first 2 fingers of your hand is enough for your face and neck.
  • Super-dry barrier-damaged skin? In this case, you will need an additional product to get things under control.
Finally, that doesn't mean you don't need a moisturizer. You still need to hydrate/moisturize at night after your skin appropriate serums or other treatment products.

Meet the above criteria? Then go ahead and skip that extra moisturizer in the morning! (Never thought I'd say that did you?)