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If you’re looking for an effective, natural sunscreen ingredient - zinc oxide is for you. Combined with titanium dioxide and other sunscreen filters, it’s an ingredient that’ll keep your skin safe from ultraviolet rays. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of zinc oxide in skin care.

Why Is Zinc Oxide in Skin Care?

The role of zinc oxide in skin care is to function as a physical sunscreen. What that means is zinc oxide is able to physically block UVA and UVB rays from reaching the skin, protecting it from the harmful effects of too many UV rays on the skin.

Zinc oxide is one of the best sunscreen filters that we can use in skin care to shield our skin from the sun. However, there’s one drawback - zinc oxide can leave a pretty strong white cast, aka the weird effect of making your skin look whiter or paler after applying a sunscreen with zinc oxide.

To reduce this effect (as it makes you less likely to want to wear SPF!) many sunscreens use the benefits of zinc oxide with ingredients called chemical sunscreens to ensure broad-spectrum, effective protection from the effects of the skin. 

What Are the Benefits of Zinc Oxide in Skin Care?

So, what are the benefits of zinc oxide in skin care? Can it do anything other than work as a sunscreen?

Depending on the formula, zinc isn’t always used to protect skin from the sun. The other benefits of zinc oxide in skin care are to heal and soothe inflammation.

Zinc oxide also appears in anti-acne creams and even creams to heal diaper rash and inflamed skin due to its well-known, anti-inflammatory abilities on the skin. Soothing inflammation helps to reduce redness and the discomfort from breakouts for clearer, healthier skin.

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