Zinc Oxide is a mineral broad-spectrum UV filter; it is the broadest UVA and UVB reflector approved by the FDA. While it is most commonly man-made for cosmetics, it can naturally occur in zincite, a rare mineral.
Today, traditional and nano-sized zinc oxide can be found in beauty products. Nano-sized zinc oxide can enhance a product's UV protection. While it is not believed to have a negative effect on skin, nano-zinc oxide can be harmful to coral reefs.
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Zinc has been used throughout history as an ingredient in paint and medicine. An Indian text from 500BC is believed to list zinc oxide as a salve for open wound. The Ancient Greek physician Dioscorides has also mentioned the use of zinc as an ointment in 1AD.
Zinc Oxide is a rare cosmetic ingredient, with about 3.86% of the products in our database containing it.
At a glance
Products Containing Zinc Oxide
- CosIng ID: 38968
- INCI Name: ZINC OXIDE
- INN Name: zinc oxide
- EC #: 215-222-5
- Ph. Eur. Name: zinci oxidum
- All Functions: Bulking, Cosmetic Colorant, Skin Protecting, UV Absorber, UV Filter