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Are you finding mineral sunscreen hard to wash off? Here’s how to wash off mineral sunscreen (even if you have sensitive skin)

eco face wash guide to removing mineral sunscreen and washing off zinc cream

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QUESTION:

If you’re finding mineral sunscreen hard to wash off, or if you’ve discovered just how calming natural sun protection can be for your sensitive skin but need to know how to remove zinc oxide cream from your skin, you’re in the right place! Today we look at

how to wash off mineral sunscreen or zinc oxide cream from your face

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ANSWER:

When it comes to washing off mineral sunscreen, or any zinc oxide cream that’s meant for long wear (so it can withstand sweat and heat), an elaborate cleansing routine isn’t needed.

Picking the right facial cleanser (one with surfactants) is the key to removing mineral-based facial moisturizers and sunscreens without too much fuss.

Why? Because surfactants can help oil dissolve in water so you can wash it all away. This is important because we need oil to break down the mineral sunscreen, but we don’t want the broken down sunscreen, dirt from the day, and excess oil hanging out on our face.

Thankfully, the structure of surfactants is pretty special – they not only break down the stuff we want to be removed, but they also surround it in little drops (called micelles). These drops (that now contain the stuff we’re looking to remove when we cleanse our face) can be easily be removed with water.

So which cleansers are gentle for sensitive skin, safe for acne-prone skin, yet can still take on the job of washing off natural sun protection? Check out the list below.

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eco face wash guide to removing mineral sunscreen and washing off zinc cream - gentle skincare

Eco Face Wash Guide for Removing Mineral Sunscreen

 

Green Tea & Pineapple Cleanser

  • Surfactant: decyl glucoside – a plant-based cleansing agent that’s mild and readily biodegradable
  • Best for acne-prone, combination skin
  • Shop for it here.

Pineapple Facial Scrub

  • Surfactant: myristic acid – a plant-based cleansing agent found in nutmeg, coconut oil, etc
  • Best for oily skin and used as an “as needed” deep cleaning exfoliating cleanser
  • Shop for it here.

Acne Clarifying Micellar Cleanser

  • Surfactant: decyl glucoside – a plant-based cleansing agent that’s mild and readily biodegradable.
  • Best for acne-prone skin
  • When using this micellar cleanser to wash off mineral sunscreen, please don’t leave it on as most micellar cleansers recommend. Wash it off after applying it and moving it around your skin (giving the surfactant time to work), then rinse off with lukewarm water. Step-by-step directions are available under the “how to use” section on this page.
  • Shop for it here.

Soothing Sea Salt Micellar Cleanser

  • Surfactant: decyl glucoside – a plant-based cleansing agent that’s mild and readily biodegradable.
  • Best for sensitive skin
  • When using this micellar cleanser to wash off mineral sunscreen, please don’t leave it on as most micellar cleansers recommend. Wash it off after applying it and moving it around your skin (giving the surfactant time to work), then rinse off with lukewarm water. Step-by-step directions are available under the “how to use” section on this page.
  • Shop for it here.

Calming Chamomile Facial Cleanser

  • Surfactant #1: decyl glucoside – a plant-based cleansing agent that’s mild and readily biodegradable.
  • Surfactant #2: disodium cocoamphodiacetate – a plant-derived cleansing agent with foaming abilities that are so mild they are often used in baby products
  • Best for sensitive skin that enjoys the feel of a cream cleanser
  • Shop for it here.

 

I hope that helps! 🙂

Jamie's signature - founder of grounded sage skincare

 

P.s. Want to learn more about mineral sun protection? Check out this.

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