BEGINNER'S GUIDES - 04/15/2021

Which to Use First, Moisturizer or Primer?

written by Skin Set Go® skincare


Who knew choosing between face moisturizer and primer could be so difficult? It’s not always easy to know when, where, and how to use primer. If you’re still confused, worry not! We’ve got your back. Here, we’ve explained the differences between the two and offered some advice on when to use each one.



What is a Primer?

A Primer is a makeup-building, repair-protecting compound that works to give you a more seamless complexion with less redness and fine lines. It locks in your makeup and provides more color, less sweat, and long-lasting protection for your face. Primer is used in many other beauty products, as well. For instance, primers are a key component to makeup application in skincare and cosmetic, too. That is to say, they aren’t just used for applying foundation. 


What is a Moisturizer?

Moisturizers can be applied first to seal in the outer layer of your skin, leaving an outer shell to prevent moisture from escaping the skin. Moisturizers protect the skin from the elements, and help regulate skin’s moisture content. They’re also packed with specific ingredients that work to lock in moisture so that your skin remains smooth and hydrated. Generally speaking, a moisturizer is designed to prevent moisture loss so that skin remains hydrated and soft throughout the day.



What is The Difference Between Primer and Moisturizer?

Before we delve further into the many differences between these two beauty products, let’s take a step back and explain their core purpose. What is Primer? Primer is used to condition the skin prior to applying makeup. Moisturizer is used to moisturize the skin.


How Do Primer and Moisturizer Differ?


Primers contain important ingredients to keep pores closed, while moisturizer contains important ingredients to keep pores open. Moisturizers also contain ingredients that may reduce the appearance of fine lines.


When to Use Primer?

Ahhh...the golden question! Primers are mainly used as the first step in your makeup routine and right after the last step of your skincare routine. This is simply due to the fact that a primer tends to work better if it is applied on top of skin care solution. Primers are meant to do a very specific job in relation to your pores, and when sandwiched in between a skin care solution and a cosmetic product, it loses its main effect. This is due to the fact that primers are mainly designed to close pores. It would then only logically follow that it would be best to work with the products that clean out your pores first before applying a solution that closes them.



When to Use Moisturizer?


As a general rule of thumb, your moisturizer should be the last step of your skin care routine. This is due to the “moisture lock” properties that are present in many moisturizers. Therefore, sealing in moisture should go after your skin has been treated and pampered with all of the essentials and before you apply further “pore sealing” solutions. Although you may apply moisturizers on your skin as you feel is needed, the two most popular times of the day to apply a moisturizer is in the morning, before you start your day, and at night, before bed.