Zinc oxide is an ingredient found in many natural body care products, including sunscreen, diaper cream, anti-itch cream and more.
The active ingredient found in Calamine lotion is zinc oxide.
Made from zinc, zinc oxide is essentially zinc that has been oxidized.
Zinc Oxide is “a mild astringent and topical protectant with some antiseptic action.” (Source) You will find it in many “non-toxic” sunscreens and diaper rash creams. This is because it provides a protective layer to the skin which reflects and absorbs UVA and UVB rays from the sun. The protective layer also repels water and moisture, making it a great option for treating and preventing diaper rash.
I personally use zinc oxide to make diaper cream, sunscreen, and anti-itch cream. Many use it as an acne treatment, but I have not tried that myself yet.
Recipes Using Zinc Oxide
Here are three simple recipes for personal care products using zinc oxide:
When buying Zinc Oxide for use in homemade products, be sure to purchase non-nano zinc oxide.
“A nanoparticle is a particle smaller than 100 nanometers.” (Source)
This is so that the zinc oxide will sit on top of the skin and not be absorbed by the skin.
My Favorite Brand of Zinc Oxide
I use Zinc Oxide from Raise Them Well. This is my favorite because it is non-nano and is from a reputable, small family-owned business.
It is available from Amazon and also from their website: RaisethemWell.com
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