Shannon R., SELF magazine
Moisturizer...makeup...sunscreen...serums...there are so many products to put on your face that it can be really confusing to figure out what should go on top of what. The general rule is to apply them from thinnest to thickest. The exception: sunscreen.
- If you use a product containing physical sunscreen ingredients (like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), then order doesn't matter. They'll work just the same whether you apply them first or last or in the middle.
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- If you use a product with chemical sunscreen ingredients (like oxycinnamate), then apply your sunscreen first. That's because some lotions can inhibit the way sunscreens spread on the skin and actually impact the SPF rating. Basically, if you apply chemical sunscreens after your moisturizer, you may not be getting the protection you need.
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- Wait a few minutes before putting anything on top of your sunscreen. This gives the sunscreen time to soak in and minimizes the chance for negative interaction. My trick: I wash my face, apply sunscreen, and then do the rest of my beauty business. Then I apply moisturizer and makeup.
- To save time and confusion, use a moisturizer that contains sunscreen (minimum SPF 30). These products have been tested the same way as sunscreens, so the SPF rating is accurate and you don't have to worry about product interaction. Just be sure to apply liberally, a few dabs on your dry patches won't give you the protection you need.
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Apply sunscreen before the rest of your skincare products. Even easier: use a moisturizer that has the sunscreen built-in.
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