Sunscreen/Destin removal - the easiest way yet

edited May 2013 in General Discussion
I am embarassed that I haven't thought of this before - talk about missing the obvious. Regardless, it works better at removing sunscreen/Desitin than the shaving gel trick I posted elsewhere - much better. It's inexpensive, non-toxic, biodegradable, smells good, works in one application, is easy to rinse off and is thorough. Just use "Goop" - the same stuff you use to clean your hands after you repair your car/lawn mower/tractor:

I get the 5 Oz orange scented stuff at Dollar Tree for $1.00 which will do about 3 "treatments." I think that Harbor Freight sells the large containers for about $5.00.

To use: Get your body just very slightly wet. Apply a generous amount of Goop and rub in for a few seconds. Shower and use soap - it speeds up washing off the Goop/sunscreen mixture. It also works pretty well if you have a gallon of water in your car and a towel and want to remove it immediately post-swim. In that case, don't use soap unless you have a lot of water. Just wash as much off as you can and then manually remove the rest with the towel.


"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot


  • P.S. Be careful when you use this in the shower - it does seem to make the floor slippery.

    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot

  • caburkecaburke Charter Member
    Good idea. Someone once told me that using cooking oil and paper towels was the easiest way to remove zinc and lanolin. I swam Key West in 2011 and after 4 hours in the water had no issues with sun burn. However, after about 10 minutes on the beach coated with cooking oil, I fried like a lobster. So yes, cooking oil does remove zinc, just don’t use it in the sun.
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    I am just so glad @Leonard_Jansen didn't include an instructional video. :-O
  • JBirrrdJBirrrd Member
    Perhaps his post may have gotten more likes if he had...
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