The best way to remove sunscreen

If left on overnight, SPF can clog pores and lead to breakouts. Since water and oil don’t mix, the best way to remove sunscreen is melting it off with oil.

Following up with a second cleanse—either with the same oil, or your favourite gentle cleanser is good practice to make sure your skin is properly cleansed. 

There are two ways to do it and they have slightly different benefits. Both require using a gentle non-abrasive face cloth to take off the oil, since oil doesn’t wash off on its own.

Method 1) Oil to towel

This is the faster of the two, and leaves the skin feeling a little more hydrated afterwards since you’re washing with water. Just add a few drop of oil to a wet face cloth and work over face, neck and décolletage in gentle circular motions. This gently exfoliates, removes dirt, sunscreen and the daily buildup from your skin.

Method 2) Oil to dry skin

This method is great for when you want to do a lymphatic face massage or for melting off stubborn zinc. Apply your oil to dry skin, massage and apply a warm compress (damp face cloth) over your skin, to let the heat warm up the oil so it wipes off a little easier, bringing dirt and SPF along with it. You can follow up both methods with the second cleanse either with the same oil or your favourite cleanser. You can even alternate between both of the above methods for your first and second cleanse.

Will oil cleansing make my skin oily?

Since like-attracts-like, oil cleansing actually helps to draw out oil based impurities from the skin, but not all oils are suitable for oil cleansing as some are more pore blocking than others. Every oil cleanser has base or carrier oils that make up the majority of the formulation and carry other key ingredients. Universal Oil has chosen Jojoba and Macadamia as the carrier oils because of they’re non-comedogenic (non pore blocking) properties — and the fact they're close in structure to the sebum of our skin — helping to balance the skin barrier without leading to excess oil buildup.