Zinc Oxide, or ZnO, is natural zinc metal that has been oxidized. While the compound has been used for centuries as a skin healing agent and cosmetic mineral pigment, Zinc Oxide has more recently become synonymous with natural sun protection. Zinc Oxide has been thoroughly tested and approved by the FDA as a safe, effective sunscreen agent. It outperforms all other sunscreens in its ability to block the UVA and UVB spectrum, and it works by instantly reflecting and scattering light so there is no wait time for sun protection.
Despite its positive benefits, Zinc Oxide’s use has been hindered by its whitish look and heavy feel on skin. To address these negative attributes, manufacturers sought ways to grind Zinc Oxide particles down to the smallest size possible. Nanoparticle-sized Zinc Oxide emerged on the market, however, human health and environmental safety concerns soon followed.
With great appreciation for effective formulations that always delight and never compromise wellbeing, derma e® found the perfect balance for sun care in micronized, nanoparticle-free Zinc Oxide. This ‘clear’ form of mineral Zinc Oxide provides safe, chemical-free, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that feels sheer and lightweight on skin, without a thick, whitening appearance. The Zinc Oxide we use is uncoated, lot tested and guaranteed to be nano-free, having an average particle size of 200 nm and no particles under 100 nm.
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