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Do you have to wash off sunscreen?

Summer sun sunshine. No matter whether on the beach, in the city or at home on the balcony: summer vacation and sun simply go together like Bonnie and Clyde. What should definitely not be missing is: sunscreen. But do you actually have to wash off sunscreen? The answer is “yes”! In this article we will tell you why it is important to remove sunscreen from your skin in the evening and which products are best for this.

Why is washing off sunscreen important?

Why is washing off sunscreen important?

The taste of sea salt on your tongue, grains of sand in your hair and sunscreen on your skin – the classic “triad” among summer vacation scenarios. Of course, no one wants to climb into bed with their skin tightened by salt and the crunching feeling of sand between their toes. So all you have to do is jump into the shower to thoroughly cleanse your body from the tips of your hair to the tips of your feet from the remnants of the summer day. Wait a minute, didn't we forget something? However! Sensitive facial skin that is particularly exposed to the sun needs a special treatment to thoroughly remove the residue of the sunscreen applied during the day. Do you want to know how? Then read on now.

Sunscreen can be stubborn - and it has to be

The UV filters contained in sun protection are highly adhesive and therefore not easy to remove. There is undoubtedly a reason why sunscreens are so stubborn, after all, they are supposed to protect us from harmful UV radiation. The UV filters act like a protective armor for the skin that can and should be removed as soon as it is no longer necessary. Before we explain to you how washing off sunscreen is easy-peasy, let's briefly explain in detail why this is important.

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UV filters and how they work

First, let’s take a look at what sunscreen actually consists of. The most important component are the so-called UV filters, i.e. protective filters to ward off harmful UVA and UVB rays . There are two different types of filters: mineral and synthetic.

Mineral UV filters

Mineral sunscreen is based on natural ingredients and UV filters ( zinc and/or titanium dioxide) , which is why, as advocates of natural cosmetics, we clearly recommend this variant. Even though natural sun protection definitely has more advantages than disadvantages, mineral protective filters can have a slightly drying effect . They lie like a protective film on the surface of the skin , where they reflect and absorb UV radiation. Sealing the skin means that it can no longer “breathe” as well.

That's why, especially if you tend to get pimples after using sunscreen, thorough cleansing is mandatory and helps prevent impurities. But even if you don't tend to have impure skin, you can do your skin some good by thoroughly cleaning it with sunscreen and preparing it for subsequent moisturizing care.

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Synthetic UV filters

In contrast to natural protective filters, sun creams with chemical UV filters do not lie on the skin, but are absorbed by it. There the filters act on the penetrating UV radiation by converting it into heat and releasing it again in the form of infrared radiation.

One of the unpleasant side effects of synthetic filters is that after a few hours they “break down” into their individual components, which can release harmful substances . You should therefore wash these off your (facial) skin as quickly as possible. This also has a preventive effect against allergic reactions.

How the two sun protection filter types work:

Mineral UV filters

  • Lie on the skin and are not absorbed.
  • Reflect UV radiation.

Synthetic UV filters

  • Absorb into the skin.
  • Convert the penetrating UV radiation into heat.

📖​ We have put together all the important pros and cons of mineral and synthetic sunscreen as well as tips on how to use them in this blog post: Natural sunscreen - what should you pay attention to?

So let's summarize again:

You should wash off sunscreen because...

  1. ... mineral UV filters can have a drying effect and seal the skin.
  2. ...synthetic UV filters can “break down” and release harmful substances.
  3. ... you can prevent skin imperfections such as pimples and allergic reactions.

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What is the best way to wash off sunscreen? ⁠

In the summer, when applying sunscreen, it's important to put it on, not spill it. But what's the best way to wash the sunscreen off your face and neck in the evening? Water is not enough and even washing gel or cleansing milk usually cannot thoroughly remove the strongly adhering UV filters (both mineral and synthetic). The solution is an oil-based cleaning product like our FIVE make-up remover . We will now explain to you step by step how to use it correctly to remove every last bit of sunscreen from your skin. Ready? Let's go:

It's that easy: wash off the sunscreen step by step

  1. Apply FIVE make-up remover generously and massage gently into the skin.
  2. Remove any loosened sunscreen residue with a paper towel.
  3. Apply the FIVE make-up removal oil again to the face and neck.
  4. Wipe off any sunscreen residue with a damp washcloth.
  5. Apply plenty of FIVE facial serum for sufficient moisture supply.

Tip : Repeat steps 1 to 4 two to three times as needed until your skin feels clean.

The alternative: double cleansing

The Double Cleansing consists of using an oil-based cleansing product in combination with a washing gel . This method of removing sunscreen from your facial skin can have a drying effect, which is why we only recommend it if you have robust skin . If you tend to have sensitive skin, you should use the 5 steps mentioned above.

  1. Apply FIVE make-up removal oil generously.
  2. Remove sunscreen residue with a paper towel.
  3. Massage a mild cleansing gel onto your face and neck and rinse thoroughly.
  4. Apply plenty of FIVE facial serum for sufficient moisture supply.

Conclusion: Wash off sunscreen, yes, but know how

Do you have to wash off sunscreen? The answer is clearly “yes!” Here is an overview of the most important dos and don'ts for you so that you and your skin get through the summer well:

👎Go to bed with leftover sunscreen on your skin.
👍ALWAYS wash off sunscreen in the evening.

👎Use only water to wash dishes.
👍Depending on your skin type, use cleansing oils and mild washing gels.

👎Perform one cleaning cycle only.
👍Repeat the cleaning steps several times until the skin is completely clean.

👎Do not apply any care after cleaning.
👍Pamper the skin with plenty of moisture.

Happy Summer to you and your skin, take good care of yourself! ⛱️​

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