I put this on with my mosturizer and then apply makeup. Not sure what the manufacture recommends though. Maybe Skinstore experts can help.
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The rule of thumb is to go from lighter fluid to thicker, generally. Sunscreen acts as a film so after skin products but before makeup. After I wash my face in the morning, I usually use a face water spray from Fresh, then eye-cream, face/neck serum, face/neck lotion, sunblock, then makeup. Also it's better to wait a little bit in between each procedure so that the products get absorbed separately. Hope this helps.
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The proper application order is: 1) skincare, 2) sunscreen, 3)makeup.
You should first put on any moisturizer and/or other skin care products, then your sunscreen. Moisturizer and other skincare products are deemed preferable to apply beforehand as they absorb into the skin, whereas sunscreen is binding with the upper layers of epidermis.
Conversely, makeup should go on after your sunscreen. The sunscreen would never bond with your skin properly if it was put on over makeup, and foundations are designed to sit on top of your skin and not absorb (if they absorbed, you would have no visible coverage). I usually wait a few minutes for my sunscreen to "settle" before I apply my makeup; just until it feels a bit altered/drier/etc.
Keep in mind that most chemical sunscreens take at least 15 - 30 minutes to "bind" with the skin (that's why they say, "apply X minutes before sun exposure") and begin protecting you. This is not true of "physical" sunblocks (e.g., titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide), which act more like tin foil - as long as these minerals are on your skin, they reflect the rays (the challenge is to keep an uninterrupted layer on of course! Depending on the formula, chemical sunscreens can - but not necessarily do - last longer). Tin foil, then, is to physical sunscreen as a sponge is to chemical sunscreen: as long as the "sponge" is absorbing rays, you are protected. The higher the SPF (generally speaking), the more absorbent the sponge. Formulas become important because in each case, the product must stay on your skin in an uninterrupted layer for maximum protection: if it doesn't stay bound/in place, then the SPF number doesn't matter.
Now, if your sunscreen has both (chemical and physical), then you are covered by the physical until the chemical has "bound" and begun protecting you. A little more than you asked, but hopefully this is of interest, too.
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