SUMMER CARE: How to Properly Remove Sunscreen

How to Remove Sunscreen (Double Cleansing)

We've all heard about the double cleansing method when wearing makeup, but it doesn't stop there. Sunscreen can also be very difficult to fully remove since it can be water resistant. Whether you have dry, oily, combination, acne-prone, or dehydrated skin, it is important to wash off pollution, impurities, and sunscreen, by double cleansing.

If you have never heard of double cleansing before, it just means a two-step cleanse. The first is usually oil, and the second is a gel, but you can use anything as long as you are using it twice. Still, remember that skincare is personal, so it doesn't mean that you need to double cleanse all the time. 

You might want to double cleanse if you:

  • Used Waterproof or Mineral Sunscreen
  • Reapplied Sunscreen Many Times
  • Are Wearing Waterproof Makeup
  • Are in a Warm or Humid Climate
  • Have a Build Up of Dirt and Pollution

This post will make you a pro on all things cleansing, which is the most important step in your skincare routine.

First Cleanse: Oil-Based

The first cleanse works to break down sunscreen, makeup, oil, dirt, and any product build-up you may have on the skin. Since you want a cleanser that breaks down heavy formulas effectively, the best option is oil. Oil works to break down similar compositions in your products, and even the oil you produce. For dry skin types, you may just want to double-cleanse twice with an oil-based cleanser, since a gel cleanser can be stripping.  

Additional benefits to oil cleansing include:

  • Removing Oil Plugs
  • Reducing Black and White Heads
  • Skin Softening
  • Skin Hydration

To effectively oil cleanse apply 2-3 pumps or a quarter size on dry skin. Massage for 1-2 minutes. Afterward, you should emulsify the oil with water, then rinse off.

While a cleansing oil is the most effective, there are also micellar and cream cleansers that have a similar effect.

Cleansing Oil available at BAZZAAL BOX:

Beplain Greenful Cleansing Oil
This watery and refreshing cleansing oil is infused with mung bean that immediately melts away long-wear makeup such as mascara, sunscreen, and lipstick. Perfect for sensitive skin, it also has calming ingredients such as allantoin and panthenol.

Second Cleanse: Water-Based

The second cleanser works to treat your skin type and remove any excess residue that the oil has left behind. The second cleanse is usually a gel cleanser that is water activated, but you make also use a cream cleanser if you have sensitive or dry skin. Since you have already cleansed your skin, it is important to not use a cleanser that is as stripping, so try to find one that works for you. A good tip is to find one with a pH of 4.5-6.5, which is usually a lot more gentle on the skin. This cleanser may also have any actives like exfoliants or Vitamin C to start treating your skin.

To effectively second cleanse with little irritation, make sure that you are cleansing for no longer than 1 minute. To create a more gentle lather emulsify with water before applying, then quickly rinse off.

Cleansing Gel available at BAZZAAL BOX:
SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Ampoule Foam
This simple gel cleanser is packed with Centella Asiatica which works to heal your skin barrier, reduce inflammation, hydrate, and soothe heated skin. It has a pH of 5.5, which makes it gentle for all skin types.
Cleansing is the first and most important step in any skincare routine, especially  in the summer when we are constantly out reapplying sunscreen. It is important to make sure that you are preparing your skin effectively. By double cleansing, you are not only prepping your skin to get more benefits from actives but also removing it more effectively than just a makeup wipe or single cleanse. Remember, if you think your skin is too dry or sensitive at the moment, its okay to want a more gentle cleanse with only a cream or oil cleanser. Based on what you use, double-cleansing can be overly stripping, because they effectively remove most oils from the skin, especially natural oils. So when in doubt, don't forget that you know your skin better than anyone else! Happy cleansing!
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