The Benefits of Zinc Oxide in Mineral Sunscreens

The Benefits of Zinc Oxide in Mineral Sunscreens

By Christina Ross, Senior Scientist at Credo

It is sunscreen season (well, every season is sunscreen season), and you might be shopping for a new clean SPF to protect your skin. Chances are you may have heard of mineral sunscreens, or zinc oxide (ZnO)… but just what is zinc? We’re here to break it down for you.


Zinc oxide is considered a broad-spectrum sunscreen active ingredient. This means that it protects against both UVA and UVB sun rays – so it really has you covered.  In a sunscreen formula, zinc oxide forms a shield or film on the skin and reflects that sun’s rays so they don’t penetrate into your skin.

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To get the full sun protection and skincare benefits of zinc oxide, choose a formula with an SPF of at least 30, and reapply often, especially after swimming or sweating. With regular use and sun safe practices, zinc oxide sunscreen can help to prevent skin cancer, sunburns, and early signs of aging.


Zinc oxide doesn’t just stop there - it is also considered a skin protector, which can help to aid in wound healing, and it has anti-inflammatory properties. So, it’s a great choice for those who are typically sensitive to sunscreens.  


At Credo, we only sell clean mineral sunscreens that include zinc oxide because we know these have a proven safety record and are recommended by dermatologists for all skin types including sensitive skin, pregnant women, and children. So, you can be sure when shopping for safe sun products at Credo you’re fully covered and protected.


You may have your own reason for loving your go-to sunscreen: sun protection factor (SPF), ease of application, skin finish, skincare ingredients like antioxidants or hydrators, water-resistance properties, and more. At Credo, we have a clean sunscreen for everyone! Shop the full assortment here and chat live with our Clean Beauty Experts to find the right one for you.


Happy Summer!

More to read:

5 Tips for a Safe Sun Season

What’s in your SPF?

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