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Should sunscreen be applied before or after day cream?

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Why is it important to protect your skin against the sun's rays?

How pleasant it is to expose your face and body to the gentle rays of the sun! However, these can cause irreversible damage to your skin. Some rays of the sun are even present in bad weather. Sun protection is not only essential in summer, but all year round.

The different types of sun rays: UVA and UVB

The sun produces two types of UV rays. UVB rays are what cause the famous sunburns. However, make no mistake, UVA also has harmful effects on the skin. Present in summer and winter with the same intensity, ultraviolet A rays are responsible for aging of the skin and cause wrinkles and pigment spots. Much more insidious than UVB, UVA is capable of passing through glass and its effects on the skin are “silent”.

The importance of applying a sunscreen with a high index every day

Faced with this observation, the importance of a broad spectrum sunscreen takes on its full meaning. But what is broad-spectrum protection? It is a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays. European legislation requires UVA protection of at least one third of the UVB protection indicated on products. However, some laboratories go further. This is the case of Nooance Paris which offers UVA 50 protection in SPF 30.

The order of applying beauty products to the skin

For maximum sun protection, you must follow an order of application of your beauty products . Typically, application goes from lightest product to richest. But at what stage should you add your sunscreen? Before or after day cream?

Sunscreen is the last step in your skincare routine

Besides your skin type, a recurring question is: how to choose a sunscreen suitable for oily skin? Between moisturizer, day cream, foundation, sunscreen, how do you find the right order?

Here is our suggested order of application:

  1. Moisturizer : Always start with a moisturizer to prep your skin. It will nourish and hydrate your skin, making it easier to apply the following products. Make sure to wait a few minutes for your skin to fully absorb it.

  2. Day cream : If your day cream has additional benefits, such as antioxidants or anti-aging ingredients, you can apply it after sunscreen. However, if your day cream also contains sun protection, make sure that it does not interfere with the effectiveness of your main sun cream.
  3. Sunscreen : Applying sunscreen comes next, and it is the most crucial step to protect yourself from UVA rays and UVB rays. Be sure to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with adequate SPF for your skin type and sun exposure. Apply generously and evenly to all exposed areas. Wait at least 15 minutes so that the sunscreen can be well absorbed into the skin.

Whether your sunscreen is organic or chemical, it should be applied as the last step in your beauty routine . The reason is simple. As they dry, sun creams form a protective barrier, a kind of homogeneous sun filter against the sun's rays. Adding a day cream on top could alter this shield and create areas without protection. Remember to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, or more often if you sweat or swim. If you don't want to disrupt your makeup, there are specific sunscreen sprays that can be sprayed over makeup for reapplication throughout the day.

Should I apply sunscreen before or after foundation?

For an optimal beauty routine and effective sun protection, it is essential to apply sunscreen after your skin care and before your foundation and other makeup products. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , inadequate or inconsistent application of sunscreen can leave up to 55% of skin exposed to the sun's harmful rays. By applying sunscreen before foundation, you ensure even coverage, minimizing unprotected areas. Then, your foundation and other makeup products can be applied on top, not only to enhance your beauty, but also to provide an additional barrier against environmental aggressions.

Sunscreen can replace your day cream depending on your skin type

Day cream is essential to moisturize and nourish your skin. However, some skin types can do without it, especially in summer. Is your skin prone to combination or oily skin? A sunscreen full of active ingredients can be a wise replacement for day cream. New generation treatments , called "city screen", effectively protect the skin from the sun while providing it with the necessary hydration. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, the UVA 50 - SPF 30 treatment from Nooance Paris will seduce you with its light texture and matte finish.

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Integrate sunscreen into your beauty routine now. Both optimal protection against sun damage and anti-aging par excellence, sunscreen is an essential product . Over a day cream or alone, depending on your skin type, sun protection will sustainably maintain the youth and health of your skin. A simple and effective method to prevent skin aging.