Press the oil … I know all this can be confusing. Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:04 pm : It just occurred to me that I may be using my products in the wrong order. The sunscreen usually features a moisturizing base, which can provide all the moisture your skin needs. That’s why I highly recommend that you put on SPF products after moisturizing your face. Then you would put on makeup, if … If the moisturizer is oil-free, put it on before the oil. Stop using Hydroquinone 2 days prior to procedure. Skincare: Humectant toner every day before tretinoin. Your skin may peel alittle. You can put the oil before the moisturizer, or the oil after the moisturizer – whichever way you find works better in terms of how well they absorb. Just wait a while after you do to put on the differin nothing to be applied after you apply retinoids. Reason 2: If you apply this oil first, your moisturizer is going to have a tough time finding its way into your skin and do anything useful :) If your face oil is of the lighter "easy-breezy" variety, you should use the oil first. So do you apply sunscreen before or after moisturizer? Do not scrub your face with a sponge or washcloth. If flaking occurs during the day, use a washcloth to remove it and apply more moisturizer, or just apply moisturizer. If you apply it in the evening you do not need to moisturize at all, just use the Retin A and be done with it. This week, we want to know your stance on the face oil before or after moisturizer debate. This will seal the deal and shield your face from the sun effectively. If you must use makeup, mineral-based ones are preferred. Weigh your options. Retin-A is drying, so applying it over Witch Hazel will be excessive. I don't put anything over my tretinoin cream because it's plenty moisturizing for me already, and my skin is oily. OK, but seriously, should you put on your SPF before or after moisturizer? Before applying tretinoin, wash the skin with a mild soap or cleanser and warm water by using the tips of your fingers. So now you know; you can apply your topicals before or after you moisturize and it won’t make any difference. 6. Put them on dry areas after creams — as a rule, oils can penetrate moisturizers, but not vice versa. Wait about 1 minute then apply moisturizer (if it's your daytime moisturizer, make sure it has sunscreen contained within it. So if you have to moisturize beforehand it shouldn't hurt. This can help strengthen your skin’s barrier and may help prevent you from experiencing Retin-A induced skin irritation in the first place. Does anyone know if you're suppose to put the retin a on before or after your serums & moisturizer? If you cannot avoid exposure to the sun, use a light sunscreen of SPF 15. For the same reason I would not moisturize before using Retin A but afterwards. You can apply aloe vera after your moisturizer, however, it may do your skin any good! Don't recall exactly, but if that's the case, then if you do have a moisturizer w/ your regime, then I'd put it on before, wait a bit for it to sink in, then do the retin cream. Yes, you should use a moisturizer, but how you use it personal preference. After applying Retin-A, you may apply a moisturizer. I'd recommend if you insist on the Witch Hazel that you don't use it on the same nights as the Retin-A. Apply moisturizer or the night cream over it; your prescription should be on first. Stay out of the sun when you use tretinoin. Hi, Im wondering if I should apply retin-a gel before or after a moisturizer. Retin-A needs to be applied to clean, dry skin only. Ensure A Strong Skin Barrier Before You Start Retin-A: If you haven’t yet started using Retin-A, consider investing in a good moisturizer to use twice a day for a few weeks before you start. If you wear a sunscreen, you do not usually need to put on a moisturizer. Wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying this medicine to make sure the skin is completely dry. Response 1 of 9: Your tretinoin should be the very last thing you put on your face before you go to bed, according to my dermatologist. Your skin is more prone to burn and will be sensitive. I recommend 2-3x a week to start with. I wait about 20-30 minutes after washing my face and putting on my other serums and moisturizer before I put on my tretinoin.