Which Comes First? Sunscreen or Moisturizer?

In this article, we'll be discussing the age-old question of whether sunscreen or moisturizer should come first in your skincare routine. We'll be exploring the pros and cons of each option, and ultimately giving you, our recommendation. So, if you're curious about which product you should be using first, read on!

What is a Sunscreen and a Moisturizer?

Summertime is the perfect time to focus on your skincare routine – after all, who doesn’t love having a healthy glow? But with so many products on the market, it can be hard to know where to start. Do you need sunsceen or moisturizer? In this article, we’ll help you figure out which product is right for you. We’ll give you an overview of sunscreens and moisturizers, and help you understand the benefits of each. By the end, you’ll know exactly which product you need to keep your skin looking its best.

Importance of Sunscreen and Moisturizer:

It is no secret that exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin damage, including premature wrinkles and an increased risk of skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging effects. While most people are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen, many still don’t use it regularly. A recent study found that only 15 per cent of adults reported using sunscreen on a day-to-day basis. 

There are two main types of sunscreens: chemical and physical

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun's rays, while physical sunscreens work by reflecting them. Chemical sunscreens are generally more effective than physical sunscreens, but they can be more irritating to the skin. Physical sunscreens are usually more expensive than chemical sunscreens. The best sunscreen is the one that you will use consistently and that provides the best protection. 

When it comes to sunscreen, it is always better to apply it before you head outdoors. However, if you forget or if you are in a hurry, applying sunscreen after you have been exposed to the sun is still better than not applying any sunscreen at all. If you are using sunscreen with a high SPF, you should apply it generously and evenly to all exposed skin, including the face, neck, ears, and hands. For best results, reapply sunscreen every two hours.

While sunscreen is important for protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun, moisturizer is also important for keeping your skin hydrated and healthy. Here are some of the benefits of moisturizers: 

1. Moisturizer helps to keep your skin hydrated. 

2. Moisturizer can help to protect your skin from the effects of the environment, such as wind and cold weather. 

3. Moisturizer can help to reduce the appearance.

There are different types of moisturizers available on the market, each with its own set of benefits. The most common types are: -

Gel moisturizers: These are light and refreshing, making them great for oily or combination skin. 

Cream moisturizers: These are thicker and more emollient, making them ideal for dry or sensitive skin. 

Oil-based moisturizers: These are heavier and more nourishing, making them ideal for dry skin.

To apply moisturizer, cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry. Then, apply a pea-sized amount of moisturizer to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Using your fingerprints, spread the moisturizer evenly across your face.

It's a common question - which should you apply first, sunscreen or moisturizer?

When it comes to sunscreen vs moisturizer, it’s important to understand that they each serve different purposes. Sunscreen protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, while moisturizer helps to hydrate and nourish your skin.

So, which should you apply first? Dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen first, followed by moisturizer. This will help to ensure that your sunscreen has the chance to fully protect your skin, while the moisturizer will help to lock in hydration and keep your skin looking and feeling its best.

The answer may surprise you, but it turns out that the order in which you apply your skincare products can make a big difference. If you apply sunscreen after your moisturizer, you may be missing out on critical protection against the sun’s harmful rays. On the other hand, if you apply sunscreen before your moisturizer, you may be better protected against the sun’s damage, but your skin may not be getting the hydration it needs.

The best course of action is to consult with a dermatologist to find out what order is best for your skincare needs.

When it comes to skincare, it is important to apply sunscreen before moisturising. Here's a look at why:

First, it's important to understand that sunscreen is designed to protect your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV)rays. A moisturizer, on the other hand, is typically used to hydrate and soften your skin. When applied first, sunscreen forms a barrier on the skin that helps to protect it from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Also, it is the best way to protect your skin from sun damage and keep it healthy and hydrated. On the other hand, moisturizer helps to hydrate and nourish the skin, but it can also make the skin more susceptible to sun damage if it is not applied after sunscreen.

Therefore, sunscreen should always be applied before moisturizer. This is because sunscreen needs to be applied directly to your skin to be effective and applying it after moisturizer can dilute the sunscreen and make it less effective.


Well, Novaclear has got you covered. Our products are dermatologically tested and confirmed by in vitro tests on a specific number of people. We focus on making our dermo-cosmetics skin-friendly and effective. We use patented active ingredients whose effectiveness has been confirmed by clinical tests. In our formulas, we avoid substances that may be potential allergens or sensitizing substances.

Novaclear Urban Block Range:

If you want to enjoy the sun and a beautiful tan, you must ensure that your skin is properly protected against UVA - UVB - IR rays.

The Urban Sunblock was created keeping in mind the safety of your whole family and the joy of holidays for people of different ages and with different needs. The Protective Cream SPF50+ was specifically curated to protect toddlers from the harmful radiation from the sun. There is also a section for adults, wherein they can go with SPF 30 sunscreen or 50+ if they preferred very high protection. Both products have been enriched with hydromanil, which provides long-lasting hydration, and aloe extract, which has a soothing effect on sun-irritated skin.

If your skin requires special care, reach for one of the profiled Urban Sunblock preparations. 

For dry skin, there is a dedicated Dry skin protective face cream SPF 50+. In addition to protection against harmful UVA, UVB and IR rays, the hyaluronic acid and rice extract provide the skin with an appropriate level of hydration.

People with oily skin are recommended Oily skin protective face cream SPF 50+. Its formula is enriched with sage and witch hazel extract, which perfectly regulate the secretion of sebum. 

If your skin is sensitive, reach for the Sensitive skin protective face cream SPF 50+. The combination of aloe and hydromanil will provide your skin with an appropriate level of hydration and effective alleviation of any irritation. All Urban Sunblock cosmetics are well absorbed without leaving a white film on the skin. They also work well as a make-up base.

Panthenol is an irreplaceable measure in soothing sun-irritated skin. This is a real SOS for the skin. The main active ingredient in the Soothing After Sun Cream Panthenol is 10% d-panthenol. Its soothing and moisturizing effect is supported by liquorice and aloe extract, while vitamin E accelerates skin regeneration.

Urban Sunblock has an assorted range of UV protection cosmetics which comprise of:

Panthenol Soothing After Sun Cream

Protective Cream SPF50 + For Children

URBAN SUNBLOCK Protective cream SPF 30

URBAN SUNBLOCK Protective cream SPF 50+

Dry skin Protective Face Cream SPF 50+

Oily skin Protective Face Cream SPF 50+

Sensitive Skin Protective Face Cream SPF 50+

Novaclear Hydra Range:

Moisturizing the skin is the basic element of care for all skin types. It ensures that the skin is kept in good condition and delays the ageing process.

In the composition of the Hydro series moisturizing cosmetics, you will find everything your skin needs for comprehensive hydration. These products are an example of an incredible combination of innovative recipes, the latest technology, and achievements in the field of cosmetology. We made sure that the composition of individual moisturizing cosmetics was rich in active substances that will effectively firm and moisturize the skin, soothe irritations, and protect it against water loss and signs of ageing. 

The formulas of our cosmetics are supplemented with active ingredients of natural origin, which significantly support the reconstruction of the skin's hydro-lipid layer and nourish it perfectly. Our active ingredients consist of shea butter, jojoba oil, linseed oil, macadamia oil, argan oil, green tea extract, rice extract, French rose extract, and natural plant stem cells. The moisturizing effect of Novaclaclear cosmetics is complemented by glycerin of natural, plant origin (obtained from rapeseed, which is certified "Non-GMO"), which perfectly attracts and binds water in the spinous layer of the epidermis. In the line of Hydro moisturizing products, you will find cream-day gel and cream-night mask, face serum, eye cream, face serum, face wash gel, micellar liquid, and lipstick.


After doing some research, it appears that there is no definitive answer to the question of which should come first, sunscreen or moisturizer. It seems that it depends on the individual's skin type and what type of product they are using. For example, someone with oily skin may want to apply sunscreen first, followed by moisturizer, while someone with dry skin may want to do the reverse. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to experiment and see what works best for their skin type.