Can Sunscreen Replace Primer?

Can Sunscreen Replace Primer?

Khushboo is a self-care enthusiast who loves taking care of the overall health of her skin & hair with well-researched and scientifically formulated topical solutions.

When I know that my kohl can work as an eyeliner too, I surely wouldn’t bother myself investing in an eyeliner. 

The same goes for a CC Cream with SPF and foundation, a primer and sunscreen, and much more.  

Quick enlightenment here is that you don’t have to pick up every single skincare/makeup product when certain products come with multifaceted benefits.   

We do understand that while makeup is a choice, skincare is a dire necessity. One can probably think of skipping a primer but sunscreen is a must. Wouldn’t it be hassle-free if you get your hands on a product that is not only a sunscreen but also a primer to hold your make-up in place? Well, it won’t only be economical to your pocket as well as time but also to your skin. 

Simply put, the answer is YES! There is a sunscreen out there that can flawlessly double as a primer keeping your makeup intact along with shielding the skin from the sun.

Let’s make your skincare easy-peasy, continue reading!

What kind of Sunscreens can replace primers?

In one word, the ultra-matte sunscreen formula is your answer! Owing to its non-greasy and sweat/water resistant formula, it acts as a perfect primer base for your makeup. 

Furthermore, the ultra-matte sunscreen formula shall be non-comedogenic so that it doesn’t clog your pores. Clogged pores lead to more sebum production and acne breakouts. A non-comedogenic sunscreen will not let your makeup melt down due to excess oil on the face. 

Prefer silicone-based sunscreen so that it can give your skin the mattifying feel and velvety touch to work as a primer. Reason - The silicone acts as a barrier on the skin, against chemical and environmental exposure which keeps the skin’s moisture intact and does not let it out. Thus keeping your skin hydrated. 

Such sunscreens are formulated in a hybrid manner; including the properties of both physical and chemical sunscreens.

Ingredients to look for in your sunscreen 
  • Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide 

The ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest and must-have organic physical filters in your sunscreen. Research says that they give you the benefit of a broad spectrum coverage and protection from ‘UVA’ and ‘UVB’ rays from the sun. 

  • Physalis Angulata Extract 

Super hydrating ingredient in your sunscreen that will give you an antioxidant boost. Research studies have elucidated the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of this ingredient which is aka cut leaf ground cherry and Indian gooseberry. This keeps harmful bacteria away from the skin and keeps the skin nourished. 

  • Caprylic Capric triglyceride

Caprylic Capric triglyceride is derived from coconut oil and glycerin. It is considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. It helps smooth skin and works as an antioxidant. In addition, it creates a barrier on the skin's surface, which helps to reduce skin dryness by decreasing the loss of moisture. 

Know that most importantly, such formulations make it suitable for all skin types and especially for oily and acne-prone skin. 

Therefore, ultra matte sunscreens are found very effective to keep the foundation adhered to your skin surface. Perfect for giving you a matte finish with optimum sun protection and acting as a great base for your makeup to sit on. 

How to use and reapply such sunscreens?

It goes without saying that one application of sunscreen is not enough to protect your skin from extrinsic factors. Without reapplication, you might miss out on its benefits and consequently invite skin concerns like premature aging, hyperpigmentation, and sun allergies.

Reapply liberally as required especially after swimming and heavy workout.

Pro Tip - Use a makeup sponge to reapply sunscreen over your makeup. The makeup sponge delivers a smooth finish and prevents creases as well.


It is time to choose skincare and makeup products wisely and effectively. Make sure your skincare products are non-comedogenic so as to keep your pores breathable. Opt for a sunscreen that is oxybenzone free because ingredients like Oxybenzene are toxic and can cause harmful effects on your skin. Also, the number of layers you are going to apply on your face will not determine the best of your skin health but the right ingredients and products definitely will. 




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