Sun-Smart Skincare: How to Incorporate SPF into Your Core Ritual

Sun-Smart Skincare: How to Incorporate SPF into Your Core Ritual

Whether you already use Core Ritual™ and have an established skincare regimen, or you're considering trying our products for the first time, you might be wondering about sunscreen. Can you include SPF in your routine? And if so, in what order should you layer your products?

Great questions! The good news is that you definitely can add sunscreen to your Core Ritual. In fact, we wholeheartedly recommend it. 

We are staunch advocates for safeguarding your skin from the sun's damaging effects, which can accelerate signs of aging and lead to other skin issues. With this commitment in mind, our products are designed to be flexible for both day and night use, which is one of the reasons our core offerings don't contain SPF.

The absence of sunscreen in our products allows you to have complete control over your skincare ritual, enabling you to adapt your routine to different environments and activities with ease, no matter what your day holds. Whether you're heading to the beach, spending the day at the office, wearing a full face of makeup, or going makeup-free, you have the freedom to adjust your SPF use accordingly.

So how do you know which sunscreen to use?



With so many sunscreens available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. However, there are really just two main factors to consider when making your decision: chemical sunscreens and mineral sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into heat, which is then released from the skin. They typically contain ingredients like avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. These sunscreens are often favored for their lightweight feel and easy application.

Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, contain naturally occuring mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that act as a physical barrier that reflects and scatters UV radiation away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are often recommended for those with sensitive skin because they are less likely to cause irritation. It's important to note the difference between nano and non-nano mineral sunscreens: nano particles are smaller and can potentially penetrate the skin, whereas non-nano particles are larger and stay on the surface.

At Core Ritual, we like and recommend Bare Republic sunscreens. Their eco-active mineral formulas are designed to provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection without leaving a white cast or sticky residue. Plus, their dedication to high standards and values for both people and the planet aligns with our own commitment to sustainability and health, making them a reliable choice for effective sun protection.

Ultimately, finding a sunscreen you like to suit your skin type and lifestyle is largely a matter of personal preference. We always advocate for reading the label and suggest choosing a sunscreen with the same care that you choose your skincare products. Whether you decide to go with chemical or mineral, remember that the best sunscreen for you is the one you'll wear consistently.



After you've chosen a sunscreen, it's time to familiarize yourself with the correct way to layer it with your other skincare products. You may have come across advice stating that chemical sunscreens should be applied first in your skincare routine and mineral sunscreens last, but this guidance is now considered outdated. This older recommendation stemmed from the idea that chemical sunscreens needed to be in direct contact with the skin to work effectively. However, advancements in formulation science have significantly improved the efficacy and compatibility of modern chemical face sunscreens.

Today, most chemical face sunscreens are designed to integrate with other facial skincare products and remain effective when layered on top of them. These formulations often include ingredients that enhance their absorptive properties, even when applied over moisturizers or serums. This innovation means you no longer need to worry about your chemical sunscreen being less effective if applied as the last step in your routine.

At Core Ritual, we recommend applying either type of sunscreen—chemical or mineral—as the final step in your skincare ritual. To get the most out of your products, layer them based on their consistency, from lightest to heaviest. So after cleansing, apply serums first, moisturizer second, and your SPF product last, before any makeup. By applying sunscreen last, you ensure optimal protection against UV rays while maintaining the efficacy of your entire skincare routine. Additionally, it's a smart idea to put a little sunscreen on your hands, as they are frequently exposed to the sun and can show signs of aging and sun damage just as much as your face.


For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin and don't need to use a moisturizer

  1. Cleanse: Start with Cleanse™ to remove impurities and excess oil.
  2. Protect: Follow with Protect™, our lightweight Vitamin C + Environmental Defense Serum that helps boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen by providing antioxidant protection.
  3. Sunscreen: Apply your favorite face sunscreen as the final step to provide comprehensive UV protection.


For Normal to Dry Skin

If you have skin that needs a moisture boost:

  1. Cleanse: Begin with Cleanse, our antioxidant cleansing oil that gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping your skin's moisture barrier. 
  2. Protect: Apply Protect, our hydrating Vitamin C + Environmental Defense Serum, to help defend against environmental stressors and enhance your sunscreen's effectiveness.
  3. Hydrate: Use Hydrate™, Core Ritual’s lightweight multitasking facial moisturizer that delivers deep hydration.
  4. Sunscreen: Finish with your sunscreen to ensure your skin is well-protected from harmful UV rays.

Note: Protect is a Vitamin C serum that not only helps shield your skin from environmental damage but also helps boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen. By incorporating Protect into your routine, you enhance your skin's defense mechanisms and maintain a vibrant, healthy complexion.