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#SkincareBasics: 6 Ways To Effectively Remove Sunscreen From Your Face 

#SkincareBasics: 6 Ways To Effectively Remove Sunscreen From Your Face 

Come summer, most of our beauty conversations veer towards sunscreen. We often talk a lot about the importance of wearing SPF every day, how to apply sunscreen the right way, and much more- but what about removing it at the end of the day? Simply washing your face with a normal cleanser isn’t enough, especially if your sunscreen is water-resistant, and you liberally lather on layer after layer every few hours. If you have been wondering how to remove sunscreen from the face effectively, you have come to the right place! Below, we have compiled a few ways that you can try to completely wash off sunscreen before going to bed. 

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If you only rely on your water-based face wash or cleanser to remove sunscreen, it won’t work efficiently, especially if you use a heavy or thick sunscreen for face. Besides, sunscreens containing zinc may take more than just a cleanser to wash off due to their water-resistant and sweat-resistant properties. Which brings us back to the question- how to remove sunscreen from the face completely? Well, it’s quite easy, TBH. For your ease, we have put together some fuss-free ways/products that you can use to efficiently wash off sunscreen.   

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 face cleanser. At such times, double cleansing can help! 

This method includes using an oil-based cleanser or a 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 around your face for about 20 seconds and gently wipe off the sunscreen. Once done, cleanse your face using a gentle face wash. This makeup 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. Which is why using a skin toner after cleansing may help in removing any remaining residue. We recommend this soothing aloe vera, green tea, and cucumber face toner by Oriental Botanics which helps provide a post-cleanse boost without stripping your 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.  

St. Botanica 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 moisturizer after cleansing your face with micellar water. 

Cleansing Oil/Skin-Friendly Oils

Cleansing oils are extremely gentle and will ensure every last trace of makeup, sunscreen, and dirt is removed. It can effectively break down waterproof makeup and sunscreen, and help eliminate them gently from your skin without disrupting the skin barrier. 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.

All you gotta do is massage the cleansing oil on dry face to dissolve makeup, sunscreen and other impurities, and then rinse it with lukewarm water. After that, cleanse your face using a gentle face wash.  

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 deeply cleanse the skin. 

Now that you are familiar with how to remove sunscreen from the face, go ahead and give one of these methods a try! 

St Botanica Vitamin C SPF 50 Sunblock Face & Body Mist Sunscreen

This non-greasy, water-resistant face & body mist sunscreen by St. Botanica not only shields from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also protects the skin from damage due to sun exposure.

Oriental Botanics Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Sunscreen SPF 50

This is an amazing sunscreen for acne-prone skin, and has SPF 50 formula that isn’t sticky and gets easily absorbed into the skin. Apart from protecting your skin from sun damage, it can also help soothe your skin as it contains ingredients such as aloe vera, green tea, and cucumber- all of which have cooling properties. 

Also Read

Sunscreens For Sensitive Skin: Finding the right sunscreen can be especially difficult if you have sensitive skin. But that’s no excuse to forgo this important product from your skincare routine. Here’s a list of the best sunscreens for sensitive skin that can help you find the perfect one for yourself. 

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25 Apr 2022

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