Everything you need to know about Zinc Oxide sunscreen
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Everything you need to know about Zinc Oxide sunscreen

What Is Zinc Oxide sunscreen? How does it protect against sun damage? Is Zinc sunscreen good for acne-prone or sensitive skin? If you have questions about mineral sun care products, read on!

By Hannah Mepham

4 Minute read

What Is Zinc Oxide sunscreen? How does it protect against sun damage? Is Zinc sunscreen good for acne-prone or sensitive skin?

If you have questions about mineral sun care products, read on! You can swot up on your sunscreen knowledge as we share everything there is to know about sunscreen with Zinc Oxide.

What is Zinc Oxide sunscreen?

Protect and reflect with Zinc Oxide sunscreen which works by reflecting the sun’s rays. Unlike chemical filters that absorb sun rays from within the skin, it sits on the skin’s surface and reflects like a shield to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Zinc Oxide sunscreen

SPF30 sunscreens with Zinc Oxide will protect against 97% of UVB rays while SPF15 sunscreens with Zinc Oxide protect against 93% of UVB rays.

A great benefit of Zinc Oxide is that, unlike chemical sunscreens that will not work straight away, Zinc sunscreens give instant reflective protection. Perfect for when you need to head outdoors quickly! Zinc Oxide sunscreens also have fantastic staying power and will keep reflecting the UV rays until you sweat or wash its protective power off.

Reflect and protect with our best Zinc Oxide sunscreens for the face and body.

Is Zinc Oxide sunscreen good for sensitive skin?

Oh yes! Zinc Oxide is gentle on skin and an excellent choice for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Natural, non-greasy and non-irritating, it even has healing properties helps to reduce inflammation.

As experts in sensitive skin, we understand how important it is to trust that your SPF is skin-kind and gentle. Thats why send our Zinc sunscreens for independent testing.

These mineral SPFs are all dermatologically tested and clinically proven to be kind to sensitive skin. 

Is Zinc Oxide sunscreen drying?

If you find that some Zinc sunscreens dry out your skin, you have nothing to worry about with our sun creams.

Our natural and organic sunscreens are free from skin-drying alcohols and have an Aloe Vera core that works in synergy with moisturising Shea Butter and Argan Oil to naturally boost skin hydration.

We also add Sequioa Leaf Extract, an antioxidant-rich plant active that increases and retains moisture in the skin for a calm, smooth appearance.

Is Zinc Sunscreen good for acne-prone skin?

Does wearing SPF cause you to break out? In addition to promoting skin healing, Zinc Oxide has anti-inflammatory benefits that makes a Zinc Oxide sunscreen a good choice for spot-prone skin.  

It is also slightly mattifying and helps to balance excess sebum, perfect for keeping oily and combination skin safe in the sun.

Our best Zinc Oxide sunscreen for spot-prone complexions is Scent Free Mineral Sun Cream SPF30. Rich in antioxidants, it also contains Green Tea, an anti-inflammatory active known to calm spots and help prevent blackheads from forming.

Is Zinc Oxide Sunscreen reef safe?

This 100% mineral sunscreen uses non-nano Zinc Oxide which is less likely to cause harm to coral reefs and a great sun filter choice for eco-conscious shoppers.

Did you know? Green People has been charity partner of the Marine Conservation Society for over a decade. We refuse to use ingredients known to harm coral in any of our marine-friendly sun care products and all our sun creams are oxybenzone free.

Discover more natural & organic sun care

As well as Zinc sunscreens, we also offer a whole range of natural and organic sunscreens and after suns for all the family. Discover our best-sellers below or browse our full sun care collection.

We hope that you have found this guide to Zinc Oxide sunscreen helpful. If you have any further questions or would like help choosing the best mineral sunscreen for you, why not give our friendly UK customer care team a call on 01403 740350.

Not got the time to chat? Head over to @GreenPeopleUK and drop us a message or take our SPF quiz and find the perfect SPF for your skin type.


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