Spotlight: Zinc

How much do you know about zinc?! 

Zinc oxide can be added to creams and lotions to add sun protection. This makes it perfect for the “do-it-yourselfer” who is concerned about the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation on the skin. It is the best broad spectrum UVA and UVB reflector approved for use as a sunscreen by the Food and Drug Administration. This is because zinc oxide does not absorb into the skin when applied with a lotion. Instead, it sits on top of the skin and reflects both UVA and UVB light. Because it isn’t absorbed into the skin, it doesn’t irritate or cause allergic reactions. Zinc forms a barrier on your skin that helps reflect harmful UV rays that provides about 20-30 SPF. It is normal and actually very good if you see a thin white film after rubbing it on your skin; it means you are protected!

Three of our Lotion Bars contain non-nano zinc for sun protection: the scented Sunscreen Lotion Bar, the Unscented Sunscreen Lotion Bar, and the Bug Bar. It is crucial to follow directions when using natural sunscreens. Make sure you apply 30 minutes BEFORE you go outside, and then reapply at least every 2 hours. If you are in intense sun or near water, apply every 30-60 minutes. Zinc works by absorbing into the skin cells; if you do not give it time to work into your skin, it is not able to give you the same protection.

How do you know that zinc is working or if will it work? You need to see the white of the zinc on your skin. This is definitely one HD Soap product that you will want to apply generously!

You will also find zinc in our Kaolin Clay Paste; this is our version of calamine lotion that can help soothe bug bite, provide cleansing and protection for wounds, and spot treat blemishes.

Use can also try using our Unscented Sunscreen Lotion Bar as a diaper rash ointment. We love how zinc oxide has so many uses!

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