How to make sunscreen work under make up | Dr Sam in the City

How to make sunscreen work under make up | Dr Sam in the City

Struggling with incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine? Here’s my step-by-step guide to ensure you use sunscreen properly under make-up and that it doesn’t become a chore! Follow me on Instagram for the latest updates: and please subscribe!

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About ‘Dr Sam in the City’

Iโ€™m Dr Sam Bunting, a London-based cosmetic dermatologist specialising in great skin.

Iโ€™m passionate about making dermatology a more talked about and accessible topic, for everyone โ€“ not just for those with serious skin conditions.

I’ve worked extensively in the media and as a TV presenter on TLCโ€™s โ€˜Extreme Beauty Disastersโ€™, bridging the gap between traditional dermatology and beauty, because they should go hand-in-hand.

Through my youtube channel, I look forward to bringing my expertise in making the most of your skin a little bit closer to home! I will be sharing tips on everything from acne, rosacea + pigmentation to anti-ageing + best budget skincare buys.

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Disclaimer: The content seen in this video is provided only for medical educational purposes and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please seek professional help individually if you suffer from any dermatological condition. Due to the volume of patients seen in the clinic, and to the unique nature of skin, Dr Bunting is unable to respond to every query on these videos.


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Comments (35)

  • Nihao Reply

    Hi! Can you please let me know how many ml of suncreen should be used for face alone? ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Marjolaine Daudrumez Reply

    Donโ€™t forget the ears!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿป

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Sara Digota Reply

    Sunscree works even much more better on my dry skin than a primer wich dries my skin out and irritates it and not even make the makeup last long.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • SimplyAWitch9 Reply

    Sounds fake But the Primark Face SPF 30 is actually really good. its 4 star UVA protection rather than 5 star but for ยฃ3 what do you want

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Adele Reed Reply

    thank you for the wonderful video! How do you reapply sunscreen over makeup?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Maria Dias Reply

    my skin is super oily and i use eucerin 50 oil free. problem solved!!

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Honestly, Reply

    Thank you! Could you please cover other matte finish sunscreens that are more affordable than Obagi? This isn't compatible with living on a student loan.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Jennifermwb Reply

    I would love to see one of these with a woman who actually wears HEAVY makeup. Not all of us are just dabbing on a bit of foundation. If I am wearing makeup I am usually wearing 2 pumps of foundation and a metric ton of undereye concealer. Before anyone makes stupid comments about how THEY prefer a womans face to look or how no woman needs that much makeup…..dont. We each get to wear our face however we like. But as I am getting older I am religious about sunscreen and it is definitely a bigger challenge under a FULL face of makeup.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Pandalien Reply

    Sunscreen literally makes me look like I'm too oily. It doesn't take skin types into consideration. Especially in hot climates where sweating is definitely going to be a thing. That being said, a lot of primers or moisturisers have some degree of sunscreen in them. So I honestly can't see how this will work for all people. Over here sunscreen is like R80 – R120. Which is way too expensive to waste on daily makeup. Especially if you're indoors most of the day – which most people are.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • LB Reply

    I use a little powder after this routine. That takes the shine out.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Ash Mary Reply

    I donโ€™t understand the purpose of all those negative comments. Nobody is forcing anyone to use so much sunscreen, the video is purely informative. My approach to this is like: if you want to have healthy, young looking, wrinkle free skin you will make that work. Given the amount of money we spend on products we actually donโ€™t need I am sure we all can afford to buy sunscreen because this is the product we actually do need, even purely to prevent skin cancer. I highly recommend using inexpensive mineral sunscreen, I buy mine in the largest possible tube that lasts for weeks. All so called โ€œfacial sunscreens โ€œ are a rip-off. The brands want us to pay double for half the size tube. Mineral sunscreens are non irritating and you donโ€™t have to wait 30 min for them to start working like with the chemical sunscreens which we often forget about and we get out in the sun too soon and cause damage to our skin.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Arq. Thereza Santiago Reply


    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • marigam Reply

    โ€œI can almost feel your eyes rollinโ€ Huh? No.. I searched this out myself thank you. No need to be condescending.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Paulie C Reply

    Is it really okay to use a damp beauty sponge or would it lessen the sun protection? Also should u wait a few mins before adding the sunscreen? Thankyou!!!!,๐Ÿ˜™โ˜บ

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Asma Q Reply

    it's strange how dermatologists almost always use physical sunscreens ! since I'm of medium olive complection i hate the white outcast and almost always use chemical sunscreens , my go to is la roch posy lait

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Sky10811 Reply

    I wonder if tinted sunscreen can be used instead of base? Thanks

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Kate Saravia Reply

    I just wear hats and face masks, sunscreens are expensiveee, and with that amount it would be gone in 10 days

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Anita Marie Reply

    What about moisturizer?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • royem tasci Reply

    I know its short time on videos but do we not need to wait for sunscreen to set first ?i m just worried that the ingredienst in make up dilutes the sun screen?i am very confused

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • RelaxedAndLovingIt Reply

    omg, the way her guest just stared her out, made even me feel uncomfortable

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • krisisnkaos Reply

    How do you reapply over makeup?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • chelsea dunne Reply

    Maybe I've missed something. Applying one generous layer of SPF in the morning before make up won't protect your skin all day. So if I'm going out during the day and want to wear make up, how can I be protected by SPF?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Jessiker X Reply

    The model shouldโ€™ve taken off her necklace before applying sunscreen. Itโ€™s just as annoying as someone who does a makeup tutorial with hair all over their face and their constantly moving it around.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Yun Feng Reply

    You are gorgeous!!!Your skin is glowing!!!

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Patricia Morales Reply

    I have heard dermatologists say sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours…as they degrade with time. Mineral sunscreens do not degrade as quickly. Very hard to do when wearing makeup. I haven't figured it out. Any suggestions

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Mehae Bae Reply

    Can you please do a video about how to reapply sunscreen over makeup during/throughout the day?!

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Aurore Aurore Reply

    Buy your sucscreen at the pharmacy or perfumery and ask for a mattifying face sunscreen. Vichy and Lierac have them. Garnier and Lancaster have dry body sprays

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Serenโ€™y Etoile Reply

    Hi, may I ask how the SPF needs to be applied properly… for example are we meant to apply underneath the eyes near the waterline, including the eyelids? I use the La roche posay fluid spf50. I started applying around the eyes but wasnโ€™t sure whether this is needed. Would like a clarification.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Chelsea Reply

    If you uses sunscreen everyday then you don't need make up so there you go. throw the make up out.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Virginia Owensby Reply

    Thank you for the tutorial and reminders of using sunscreen. I had Malignant Melanoma level V. Yep Level V. Didnโ€™t expect me to live this long. That was in 1992. So as you can imagine i have not had much sun since then, but I look better than I thought I would. I have had pretty severe heart disease and I have just st started having issues in my face. Bags, a few wrinkles, etc. so I need all the help I can get. Thank you so much.

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Fried Banana with Ice Cream Reply

    The lady in the light blue shirt is staring at the other lady like.. i dont know. Creepy?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • rubi T Reply

    Should have clearly shown how the sunscreen melts in when she's blending it instead of cropping her out and her reappearing and sunscreen has magically fully blended in

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Sandwich Fiend Reply

    There's a difference between shiny/glowy and greasy skin! I get greasy, she looks angelic! Anyway, I have a question. Majority of instructions (of the suncreams you recommended in the previous video) say you should reapply every 2-3 hours. How does that work with make-up? Do you reapply? Or just one application in the morning is fine? Thanks so much for sharing your expertise ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Chris Joseph Reply

    Spf first or last step in skin Care routine?

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am
  • Rebecca love Reply

    I wear suncrean every day im 19 and when i do my face i use a thich nivea cream fore moisture and then i let i dry a lil and then use suncream does the suncreen stil work good then im getting a lot of pimples right now can i juse moisteresure first then sunscreen then foundation or even in at 13:00whenbim outside reaply the sunscrean

    July 1, 2019 at 12:53 am

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