Zinc oxide is one of the most common ingredients found in modern sunscreens and one of the most effective. It is also one of only 17 active ingredients that have been approved by the FDA for use in sunscreens.
Zinc oxide is a mineral that is commonly used to treat minor burns, diaper rashes, chapped skin, and other minor skin irritations. Zinc oxide also works as a mild astringent and offers some antiseptic properties.
Not yet sold on zinc oxide? Here are more reasons why your sunscreen should have zinc oxide.
- It Protects Skin from Sun Damage
Zinc oxide sunscreen is known for providing broad-spectrum protection against ultraviolet rays, including UVA and UVB rays. This type of sunscreen is more efficient than most chemical sunscreens which only block one type of UV light.
Due to advancements in skin care technology, zinc oxide now absorbs well without leaving streaks or a chalky feeling on the skin. As a general rule of thumb, the less zinc oxide used in a product, the shorter the window of sun protection.
- It Has Anti-Aging Effects on the Skin
The best sunscreen for face performs several functions. Not only does zinc oxide offer protection from sun damage, it also promotes wound healing and boosts the production of skin tissue and collagen synthesis which is essential for a more youthful looking appearance.
Research has found that treating damaged skin with zinc oxide products for only 48 hours helps speed up the healing period. Sunscreen containing zinc oxide can also be used as a final step in your skin care routine after your anti-aging serum and moisturizers.
- It Acts as an Effective Skin Astringent
Creams and lotions that contain zinc oxide act as effective skin astringents. By applying a sunscreen containing zinc oxide to the skin, you can help prevent excess oils from building.
In turn, this can help reduce the appearance of acne blemishes and reduce skin inflammation and irritation. Wide pores are often contributed to the development of acne. Sunscreens containing zinc oxide can help reduce the appearance of pores on the face which lowers the occurrence of breakouts.
So, Which Sunscreen Is Best?
Finding the right sunscreen is not always easy. Our top choices for zinc oxide-formulated sunscreens include Clear Defense SPF 45 and Sheer Defense Tinted SPF 46.
Clear Defense SPF 45 is a light-weight, broad spectrum sunscreen containing a blend of actives that protect the skin from premature aging caused by UVA, UVB, and infrared radiation. The sunscreen has been found to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce redness and hyperpigmentation, and increase skin firmness.
Sheer Defense Tinted SPF 46 also offers broad spectrum coverage with sunscreen SPF 46 which provides ample sun protection. The antioxidant-rich oil-free sunscreen is lightweight with an innovative blend of skin soothing ingredients. There is also a high level of niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and hyaluronic acid tint that matches most skin types for a natural looking complexion.
With so many benefits, it’s no wonder why zinc oxide remains one of the most popular active ingredients for sunscreens as it forms a protective barrier that blocks the sun’s harmful rays.
Buy your zinc oxide sunscreen today.
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