Beauty & Style

What you need to know about removing sunscreen properly

Getting it off is just as important as applying it. Mai Mei Hui, pharmacist and managing director of The Skin Pharmacy, shares her tips.


1. It’s designed to stay put. 
For sunscreen to do its job, the ingredients need to stick to your skin. If you don’t wash it off properly, it simply stays there, explains Mah Mei Hui, pharmacist and managing director of The Skin Pharmacy. This leads to clogged pores and worse, prevents skincare from effectively penetrating skin. 

2. The hardest suncreens to remove are... 
Those with long- lasting or water-resistant bases, says Mei Hui. It doesn’t matter if the sunscreen contains physical or chemical ingredients – it’s the base that determines how long it stays on your skin.

3. Use a makeup remover. 
Even if you’re wearing just sunscreen that day, with no makeup on. A makeup remover will lift the sticky ingredients off your skin. Mei Hui recommends that you use it first, followed by a good facial cleanser. You can also use a facial cleansing oil.

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This article was originally published in Simply Her January 2014.