Last week, zzzmadison left a comment asking if it’s necessary to double cleanse because she does not apply makeup but only uses sunblock and concealer. This is an important question and I thought I’ll bring it up as a post because it’ll also address comments left by some of you concerning the difficulty you’ve encountered in washing off the Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen Plus with your usual cleansers.
The answer to zzzmadison’s question would be yes and this is also confirmed by many of you who mentioned that you double cleanse precisely because you use a sunblock. So for those who want to know more, here’s why:
If you’re using a mineral-based sunscreen
If you’re using a sunblock, or also known as a mineral-based sunscreen, then such a product contains Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide to reflect or scatter UV radiation before it reaches our skin. Such ingredients sit on our skin and will only be removed when you wash them off. Those like Marie Veronique Organics Moisturizing Face Screen Plus SPF 30 contain a high amount of Zinc Oxide and hence, are not easily washed off. You will definitely have to double cleanse. In fact, you should be worried if your mineral based sunscreen can be washed off relatively easily because it might not have withstood your perspiration and did not last as long as you’ve desired it to.
If you’re using a chemical-based sunscreen
On the other hand, if you’re using a chemical-based sunscreen, then such a product absorb the UV rays using chemical filters like Mexoryl, Tinosorb, Oxybenzone, and Avobenzone, amongst others. Unlike the mineral-based sunscreens, such chemical sunscreens work from within your skin but they most likely also contain Titanium Dioxide and/or Zinc Oxide to provide additional shield. In this case, it would mean you still have to double cleanse to ensure your skin is completely clean.
If you’re using a moisturizer with SPF
Even if you’re not using any sunscreen, your moisturizer with SPF protection may also contain some of the sun protection ingredients. Additionally, the products you’re using could possibly contain silicones. Double cleansing would ensure that your skin is well cleansed and won’t be clogged. And a weekly exfoliation would also do your skin good in terms of keeping it primed to absorb the other skin care goodies you slather on.