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When Should I Apply Sunscreen?

With so many different skin care products crowding the shelves of your bathroom, it can get tricky figuring out which one should be applied first. When it comes to sunscreen, you should not take any chances in applying it in the incorrect order, which can make it less effective. "The rule with sunscreen is that a chemical blocker should be applied to clean skin, directly after cleansing," says Dr. Schweiger. "I also suggest waiting about 20 minutes after application to allow for the active ingredients to really penetrate the skin." As far as physical sunblocks (which contain either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide), they can be applied last, as a final step in your morning skincare routine. Many patients also wonder if they need to use a moisturizer at all if their sunscreen is hydrating. If you use a sunscreen that contains skin-hydrating ingredients, you can sometimes even skip the moisturizer. If you want to combine your moisturizing and sun protection in one step, look for a product that contains glycerin, which is a skin humectant. Would you go to the extreme measure of wearing a mask to protect your skin?
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