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You Need To Remove Sunscreen From Your Face, Here’s How!

You Need To Remove Sunscreen From Your Face, Here’s How!

During summers, I spend more time with my sunscreen than anyone else. The product has literally saved my skin, and I don’t shy away from indulging in it. But I’ve never thought about the right way to remove it at the end of the day. My cleanser isn’t enough; especially because my sunscreen is water-resistant and sweat-resistant. And the fact that I drench my skin in it makes it tough to remove completely.

You already know how to apply sunscreen and the best sunscreens for dry skin. But I’ve finally learned how to remove the product build-up and residue from my skin effectively too. I’ve put together all of them for you to refer to. Read on!

Cleansing With An Oil-Based Cleanser

Mineral sunscreens sit on top of your skin forming a physical barrier to deflect the harmful UV rays away from your skin. This makes them a little more difficult to get off than chemical sunscreens, and may not completely wash away with simple water and a face cleanser. At such times, double cleansing can help! 

This method includes using an oil-based cleanser or a cleansing balm like the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm first to dissolve stubborn makeup and sunscreen. This is then followed by using a water-based cleanser to remove any remnants or residue left behind. That’s it! After double cleansing, you’ll be left with squeaky clean skin that is free of sunscreen and makeup residue.   


Oil-Based Makeup Remover

If you’re wondering how to remove mineral sunscreen from the face without an oil-based cleanser, you can try an oil-based makeup remover instead! Not only does it help take off stubborn makeup, but also effectively breaks down the ingredients of the sunscreen to gently remove it from your skin within a matter of seconds.

All you gotta do is, take a cotton pad, and saturate it with the makeup remover. Wipe it all over your face for about 20 seconds to take off the sunscreen. Once done, cleanse your face using a gentle face wash. The Floral Make Up Remover Oil by Forest Essentials is a great option and can help gently clean your makeup and sunscreen in one swipe. 

Face Toner

Another way to remove sunscreen from the face is by using a face toner after cleansing your face. As mentioned above, simply washing your face with water and a facial cleanser may not be enough to completely wash off the sunscreen. This is why using a skin toner after cleansing may help in removing any remaining residue. The soothing Aloe Vera, Green Tea, & Cucumber Face Toner by Oriental Botanics helps provide a post-cleanse boost without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. 

Micellar Water

Micellar water is a great option if you’re wondering how to remove sunscreen from the face quickly, especially when you’re on the go! Micellar water contains small particles called ‘micelles’ that draw out makeup, excess oil, sunscreen residue, and impurities from the surface of the skin. They are super gentle and can help you get rid of stubborn makeup without scrubbing the skin.  


The St. Botanica Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water is enriched with Vitamin C, and it not only removes heavy makeup, sunscreen, and foundation from your face, but also helps lighten blemishes. All you need to do is saturate a cotton pad with micellar cleansing water and massage it onto the skin in a circular motion to remove all traces of sunscreen and makeup. Rinsing your face isn’t required, but it’s a good idea to apply a face mist or moisturiser after cleansing your face with micellar water. 

Carrier Oils

If you don’t have a cleansing oil, you can also use skin-friendly oils such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil for sunscreen removal as well. These are mild on the skin and even hydrate the face while removing sunscreen. The Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil: 100% Pure is unprocessed; which means that it has more potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Just massage a few drops onto your skin, leave it on for 2 minutes, and wipe it off with a clean, warm washcloth.

Cleansing Milk

Have you been wondering how to remove sunscreen from the face without drying out or irritating your skin? If you have dry, sensitive skin, you can try cleansing milk to cleanse the skin, and remove light makeup and sunscreen while retaining the skin’s moisture. This cleansing milk by Organic Harvest is made with plant-derived ingredients and is infused with organic essential oils that help deep clean the skin without irritating it. 

Hydrating Moisturiser

Don’t forget to conclude with a rich, hydrating moisturiser to rejuvenate your skin and prevent it from drying out. After cleansing, apply some of the St Botanica Age Defying & Skin Clearing Moisturiser on damp skin to maximise absorption. This one’s infused with the goodness of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Hyaluronic Acid.


Facial Oil

You can finish with an oil of your choice to moisturise the skin even more. Try the St. Botanica Bakuchiol oil. This one’s loaded with anti-ageing properties. Gentler than Retinol, it tackles lines and wrinkles as well as pigmentation. It even contains Marula Seed Oil which retains the moisture in your skin and improves elasticity.

Also Read:

Sunscreens For Oily Skin: For oil-prone skin, finding the right kind of sunscreen that doesn’t feel greasy and heavy on the skin is tricky. But I’ve got you. I’ve put together the finest line-up of sunscreens for your skin type. You’re going to love ’em!

Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid: If there’s one thing I cannot afford, it’s to make mistakes when it comes to sun protection. Because, nope. I’m not about to deal with sunburn and hyperpigmentation. And you aren’t either. This guide will ensure that you never commit a sunscreen faux ever again.


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15 Apr 2023

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