I had a question from a customer this week about how to remove zinc sunscreen.
Now, zinc is a great ingredient for sunscreen. It’s non toxic, it’s not irritating and it works really well to physically block the sun’s rays and protect your skin. Zinc is water resistant, so it doesn’t sweat off easily. Which is great until you want to get it off!
I’ve been using zinc based creams for years, so I’ve got a few tips I can share.
Removing zinc sunscreen from your face
I’ve always found that zinc sunscreen is easy to remove with my normal makeup remover. For me, that’s oil cleansing.
Pick an oil. Coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, even olive oil works. Pour a little into the palm of your hand, then massage it all over your face. Leave it to soak in for a minute or two.
Grab a face washer, run it under some warm water, but not too hot. Wring it out, hold it over your face for around 10 seconds, and then gently wipe away the oil and the sunscreen.
Repeat if you need until all the sunscreen is gone.
I have never had as much success with a cream or gel based makeup remover. After a bit of reading around the interwebs, it seems that the oil grabs the zinc much more effectively than the water based cleansers.
Another great tip that I heard is to use a facial wipe to remove zinc sunscreen. Make sure that it’s a natural face wipe with good oils, like the Wotnot ones.
How to remove zinc sunscreen from your body
While oil cleansing is perfect to remove zinc sunscreen from your face, it’s not so simple for your body. For a start, rinsing off a whole lot of oil in the shower is going to make things mighty slippy.
Instead, I recommend rinsing off in warm water, then lathering up with a natural soap. I use Dr Bronner’s for just about everything, so I know this works well. I’ve also been using (and loving) The Base Collective’s White Tea & Magnesium Hand and Body Wash.
Get a good lather going, then rub gently with a face washer. For really stubborn zinc, you can try using a soap with a gentle scrub, like Washpool Farm’s Rosemary & Mint Loofah Bar, Sea Salt & Madder Root Bar, or the Coffee, Mint & Sea Salt Scrub Bar.
The wipes trick will work here, too. Choose a good natural baby wipe and give yourself a swipe over. Then shower as normal. This should make it a lot easier to get the zinc off your body.
If you’ve still got stubborn patches, try the oil trick and use a hot face washer.
Removing zinc from your facewashers
And finally, you will get a build up of zinc on your facewashers after a while. The best way to remove this is to pop your face washers into a hot wash. Run them through once with no laundry detergent. Instead, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the wash.
You can do this with your towels at the same time so that you have a full wash, if you like. They’ll be more absorbent afterwards, too.
How do you remove zinc sunscreen? Let us know if you’ve got any other tips!
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