Never struggle with removing stubborn water-resistant sunscreen again. Just follow this simple trick.
If you’ve ever used a good water-resistant sunscreen, you’ll know that while the formula is effective at preventing your skin from burning, it can also be difficult to remove.
Physical sunscreens (those that contain physical UV filters like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide) can be particularly tricky. They tend to have a thicker consistency, and can really adhere to skin. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand, have UV filters that get absorbed by your skin, and will break down over time.
To get rid of that sticky, goopy feeling of sunscreen clinging to your skin, your normal facial cleanser won’t cut it. Here’s my trick to removing stubborn (read: long-lasting) sunscreen: use an oil-based makeup remover. The oil will help break down the sunscreen (like removes like) so that it all comes off when you rinse your face with warm water after. Then, use your facial cleanser normally and you’ll find that your skin will be all clean. For days where I’ve been out in the sun for hours, and have re-applied multiple layers of sunscreen, I’ll follow this routine (makeup remover and facial wash) with a mud mask to draw out any impurities from my pores.
Then comes the second question: “How do you remove waterproof sunscreen from your body?” Don’t worry, there’s no makeup remover involved in this. Instead, I’ll apply the same double-cleansing principle and first rid surface dirt with a normal body cleanser. Most of the time, you’ll find that this isn’t enough to thoroughly remove water-resistant sunscreen. You’ll still see white traces of product on your body, especially on areas where you’ve diligently re-applied sunscreen. After rinsing off the first round of soaping, I’ll follow with an oil-based body exfoliator. This helps slough away dead skin cells as well, and leaves your body clean and soft. Again, like removes like, so the oils in the exfoliator will grab onto the sunscreen particles and slip right off after rinsing.