I've always been a sunscreen user but have recently learnt that Zinc creams offer a higher SPF protection.
Has anyone used the Zinc sunscreens and how different are they from normal sunscreen?
I find that zinc is heavier, perhaps that's why it can give better protection. I do use sunscreen too though. It depends upon what I am doing. Zinc is great for when I swim.
Zinc is super thick, as such it is usually used on problem burning areas like the top of the nose and cheeks. It wouldn't really apply well onto the body it would just kind of get stuck. It probably wouldn't go on to well under make-up and would certainly make you feel very hot if you wore a full face with zinc underneath.
You can buy zinc only sunscreens which are no where near as thick as the old school zinc sticks. Zinc is the active ingredient for physical sunscreen (also titanium dioxide is the other). They are fantastic for use on the body and face however it can be tricky to find one that layers nicely under makeup. There is a whole thread on physical sunscreens with lots of info, reviews and recommendations. The current one I use in summer is Arbonne liquid sunshine but I am.going to try the Sunsense Sensitive Invisible next as recommended by the lovely Ray_jay. In winter I tend to use a physical/chemical mix by Cetaphil.
I found this super suncreen "Shade All-Natural Sunscreen Mineral Sun Cream SPF25, 100% Natural Only 4 Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Unrefined Beeswax, Cosmetic Grade Non-Nano Zinc Oxide, Tested to EU Standards, Non-Toxic, Suitable for All Skin Types and All Ages, Babies and Children." for sale here in the UKfrom Amazon. I am pleased to report that I do not have any new sun/age spots apart from the one that I have had for ages on my left cheek
I use invisible zinc on my face each day...goes on nicely under make-up too...
then 50+ sunscreen for the body ..banana boat is pretty awesome.
Not sure if this link has already been posted but it is a guide to the pro's and con's of different sunscreen ingredients for safety mostly. Some of them score very badly like Oxybenzone. EWG in general has a very good guide on sunscreen safety. With the number of stories on people in Australia having some very bad reactions to sunscreens, especially kids sunscreens, it is worth checking the sunscreen ingredients before buying it. http://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/
I use a clear Zinc based one, just because i seem to go very brown when using a UV filter sunscreen which couldnt be good for my skin. But as the others have said, it does take a little longer to rub in.
Well if you are after both sunscreen and zinc, Invisible Zinc is a fantastic brand. It provides both of these ingredients plus moisturiser all in one tube. They sell facial and body sunscreens plus tinted moisturisers. I hope this helps.
Both! I spent the summer working at the beach teaching swimming. I layered Cancer Council Work Sunscreen Range SPF50+ and Invisible Zinc together on my face and hands (I wore a full-length wetsuit). I did this because I the sunscreen on its own was not working despite applying every second hour and not get my face wet!
I've never really understood the purpose of Zinc until now if I am honest. It was always just something used at swimming carnivals for decoration!
But now I can use it for extra protection!
awesome thread I knew I can count on BH, was trying to find the diff between sunscreen and zinc. thank you! :)
Don't forget titanium only protects against sun burn not the rays that cause skin ageing xxx
I surf alot and am constantly in the sun and water. Having been using Zinc (Invisible Zinc Facial Moisturiser) and it works perfectly.
I do find that its hard to remove afterwards though, it seems to build up in my pores but it 100% stops my skin burning :)
Zinc, bc I'm allergic to most chemical sunscreens
I personally prefer Zinc based sunscreens. I have always found that chemical sunscreens tend to make my eyes really sore and teary. I don't rub the sunscreen in my eyes obviously, but over the day when I sweat, it seems to randomly get into my eyes and stings so bad! It has even happened while I drove home once and it was very dangerous.
Zinc also works immediately because it creates a physical barrier so you don't have to rub it in an hour before etc.
The only bad thing would be that zinc based sunscreens do have flashback when taking photos and can make you look white, however I figured if it's during the day which is when you would wear it, it wouldn't really make a difference.
I find zinc very thick. Great to read this topic. I used a well known brand with Zinc in it last summer on my arms and got a rash.
My kids and hubby like zine. I prefer sunscreen.
If you don't want the stuff to sit on your skin, I would say suncream. My kids make me rub the zinc for ages.
Physical sunscreen all the way. Bring on the zinc oxide.
For anybody with melasma, look for a tinted physical sunscreen with added iron oxides as iron oxides block visible light. Visible light exacerbates melasma.
I'll start by saying that I have a nose full of blackheads and so there is plenty of area for these strips to work on.
I was so lucky to be on the trial team for this cream! I have sensitive dry skin and sometimes I get a bit of a rash and SO itchy!!
Avene is a great brand for sensitive skin and the Xeracalm AB Lipid Balm did not disappoint!
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