What it does
Ask any natural skin care expert to name the ingredient they trust to keep skin safe from the sun, and chances are they will say zinc oxide. It's the most effective and reliable sun protection in the beauty world because it shields against both UVA and UVB rays.
Zinc oxide is a physical sun protector, which means it layers on top of the skin (instead of absorbing into it) and starts working right away. It's like a little mirror: it reflects sunlight, and filters out the rays so they don't have a chance to touch your skin. As we all know, spending too much time in the sun can lead to premature wrinkles, so zinc is a great anti-ageing product. In fact, many organic skin care products are infused with zinc for that reason. Along with its suncare benefits, zinc oxide has a therapeutic effect on the skin. It can soothe rosacea, sunburn, and rashes (including diaper rashes). Also an astringent, it can reduce the severity of acne.
Our bodies need zinc to survive. It is essential in generating skin cells, maintaining healthy skin and nails, and boosting the immune system.
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