How To Properly And Gently Remove Your SPF

Maddie Cochran
Less than 3 minutes / September 08, 2022
How To Properly And Gently Remove Your SPF

Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the best (and easiest!) ways to protect the appearance and health of your skin. 

We’re at risk of sounding like a broken record here, however, this is a gentle reminder that the sun never takes a sick day—not during winter, not when it’s cloudy—so implementing SPF protection into your morning routine is a must. No excuses

Before hopping into bed, it’s equally as important to ensure the sunscreen you’re applying daily is completely removed. Any lingering residue is a nightmare for those pretty pores of yours. 

Why it’s so important to remove SPF every night

SPF creates a protective barrier against UVA and UVB rays, and while it’s an important (!) barrier, it’s one you don’t want lingering on your skin while you sleep, as this can lead to clogged pores, dryness, irritation, and leave breakouts knock-knock-knocking on your door (epidermis).  

Our faces collect a lot of grime throughout the day; add sunscreen, makeup, and bagel crumbs into the mix and your skin will start to feel it—all this build up must be removed

When your face is clean clean, the rest of your night-time routine (serums, oils, moisturisers, doom scrolling on TikTok), can get on with their job and not be disrupted by leftover SPF/makeup/grime.

Cleansing away that beloved barrier of SPF is a surefire way to allow your skin to breathe, and let those all-important post-cleanse steps treat and nourish the skin while you get your beauty sleep.

How to properly remove your SPF

Daily 

Say hola to oils! (Not the edible kind!) Because the Double Cleanse is your new best friend:

  1. Apply cleansing oil to your dry face 
  2. Massage into the skin for 60 seconds 
  3. Take a warm, damp muslin cloth and wipe your face completely clean
  4. Follow up with a gentle, water-based cleanser 
  5. Massage into the skin for 60 seconds 
  6. Splash with water and pat your face dry 
  7. Continue with the remainder of your PM products 

 

Remember: Oils attract oils, so don’t be afraid to lead with an oil cleanser if your skin regularly sports some shine. It will simply gather up the excess (sebum) while simultaneously breaking down sunscreen and makeup.

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Double Cleanse

The ultimate one-two punch for soft, clean skin. Double cleansing is ideal for faces slathered in SPF, makeup, skin care, or an adorable colony of pastry crumbs.

Weekly

Beyond the daily double cleanse, you might want to bring in some additional skincare support. To beat the breakouts, make sure you are exfoliating 2-3 nights a week to help fend off product build-up which can leave skin looking and feeling dull. 

AHA’s, like those found in Exfoliating Swipeys, break down the glue that holds skin cells together, forcing cell turnover to speed up, and introduce a hefty amount of plumpness and glow (win, win!). 

When self-care Sunday rolls around, it’s time for an even deeper clean: An at-home facial. Use an antioxidant-packed clay mask post-exfoliating to detoxify, whisk away any impurities, and eliminate the blahs. 

No more feeling ‘WTF’ about removing stubborn SPF!

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50 pads

Exfoliating Swipeys

Single-use exfoliating pads that get rid of dead skin cells and hydrates the skin.
The RemovalistThe Removalist

65ML / 2.2 FL OZ

The Removalist

A luscious clarifying clay mask that replenishes while it detoxifies so you get clear, radiant, bouncy skin, without any gross, dry, tight afterfeel. No more clogged pores! No tight, dryness! No worries!


Go-To Nifty Fifty SPF 50 Broad Spectrum High Protection Sunscreen.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.

Avoid prolonged sun exposure, and make sure you re-apply frequently in accordance with directions. Remember, sunscreen is only one component of sun protection so always wear a hat, protective clothing and eyewear when you’re in the sun.

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