Best Way to Remove Sunscreen

Last Updated on December 21, 2022 by Ellen Christian

You finally got to spend the day at the beach with the kids (or without) and you come home, covered in sand and tacky from your sunscreen. You might think that hopping in the shower with a bar of soap is the best way to remove sunscreen. Here’s why you might be wrong.

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Best way to remove sunscreen

Best Way to Remove Sunscreen

Hopefully we all know how important it is to apply sunscreen every time we’re out in the sun. I cannot stress this enough. As important as it is to apply it when you’ll be out in the sun, it’s just as important to be certain that you remove it. Leaving sunscreen on can cause clogged pores and blackheads. Just washing it off with soap and water isn’t going to work.

When you apply sunscreen, you are trapping dirt and oils in your skin underneath the protective layer of sunscreen. Then you run around on the beach and in and out of the water and apply more which traps in more oils, sweat and dirt. Some types of sunscreen, especially the waterproof type, will really stick to your skin and won’t be easy to remove.

Oil based cleansers

The best way to break down the chemicals in traditional sunscreen is with an oil based cleanser. After all, water and oil do not mix so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think that water based cleansers will remove oil based sunscreen.

An oil based sunscreen will combine with the oil based cleanser (and whatever else is on your skin) and remove it when it’s washed off. Just massage your favorite oil based cleanser into your skin for two minutes and rinse off with warm water.

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Body scrubs

If you need a bit more strength than that, try an oil based body scrub like my homemade salt scrub to help remove the sunscreen and impurities from your skin. You can also add your favorite oil based cleanser to a loofah or bath scrub for a little bit more cleansing power.

Best way to remove sunscreen and prevent clogged pores

How will you know if you’ve gotten all of the sunscreen off your skin? Just touch your finger to your skin and then touch to a mirror. If your finger leaves behind an oily fingerprint, you haven’t removed it all.

8 thoughts on “Best Way to Remove Sunscreen”

  1. I’ve learned something new today, I didn’t think about removal before. I’m going to look for an oil based cleanser now! Thanks!


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