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4 Step Routine for Taking Off Sunscreen


I recently learnt about the importance of wearing sunscreen even as a dark-skinned person and over time, it has become part of my skincare routine. I have sunscreen in my moisturiser and makeup so one way or the other I get sun protection regardless of what I wear on a particular day.

What I didn't learn about sunscreen is that it is difficult to come off. Sunscreen tends to leave a grey or ashy cast on the skin which is a turn off for so many people. This makes sunscreen products that provide broad screen protection and somehow manage to leave as little cast as possible very popular. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen and L'Ayvanna Vitamin C Body Lotion SPF50 for example leave little cast.

It wasn't very obvious at first but I began to notice that my skin began to have a grey cast and I was so confused. I didn't realise that I've not been taking off my sunscreen properly. Sunscreen is tough to get off so if you're wearing sunscreen everyday, you need to have a thorough cleansing regime. Not only does the grey cast ruin your complexion, it can cause you to break out from clogging your pores (thank God I didn't!). It also limits the absorption of your skincare products which I am not very happy about. Such a waste of good stuff! I'm very glad I realised this sooner than later.

This is my cleansing regime that ensures that I get off all the sunscreen. It is my version of Caroline Hiron's Double Cleanse. It doesn't take too much time, I promise!

1) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water or Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
2) Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover
3) Olay Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser 
4|) Now Solutions Moroccan Red Clay Powder

A Micellar water is a great cleanser but used alone I find that it is not thorough. The Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover is amazing because its oily and takes off tough makeup like masacara. I love the Olay Regenerist Skin Invigorating Daily Cleanser because it has microbeads, it's not too drying and it is very gentle on my skin. The Moroccan Red Clay I use once  week and it pulls of any residue on the skin. I just love it. You can switch to similar products depending on your skin type but this is just a guide. Please don't be too rough on your skin as you cleanse it.

For my body I use exfoliating gloves in the shower and these really help in getting off sunscreen. I will have reviews for all the products listed so please come back again if you're interested.

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