10 Sunscreens with Zinc That Protect Your Skin From UV Rays *And* Calm Inflammation
If I could write a love letter to zinc, I would. After a battle of trying to find a sunscreen that protects from the sun’s harmful UV rays without turning my sensitive skin into a pimply, irritated mess, my dermatologist introduced me to zinc oxide. It’s still my go-to years later after everyday use, and I’m not the only one who’s impressed by its long list of benefits.
“There are two types of sunscreens: chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. And zinc oxide is a physical sunscreen. That means zinc forms a physical barrier on your skin to protect it from harmful UV rays,” says Lana Pinchasov, a dermatology-certified physician’s assistant in New York City. “Zinc oxide has many other health and healing benefits as well. It’s used to help treat inflammation, has also been used to help with acne breakouts (due to its effect on inflammation), it can help treat pigment disorders like melasma, and it can also help moisturize and hydrate the skin, depending on the vehicle it’s in.”
Source: Well+Good – 10 Sunscreens with Zinc That Protect Your Skin From UV Rays *And* Calm Inflammation By, Tehrene Firman