Blue Lizard Blog — zinc oxide

Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide: The Ultimate in Physical Blockers

Jun 19 2017 physical sunscreen sensitive skin sun safety sunscreen titanium dioxide zinc oxide

  Remember the white noses that lifeguards sported in the 1960s and 1970s? The white cream was usually a zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide-based sunscreen. It protected their noses by creating a physical barrier between their skin and the sun’s rays. Such physical blocking of the sun’s UV rays is an effective way to protect yourself from skin damage caused by the sun. The downfall was that the cream was a thick, greasy paste that caste a white sheen on the skin and no one really liked using it. That’s not the case anymore. Through years of research, scientists at...

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Decoding a Sunscreen Label

Jul 22 2016 skin allergies skin care sunscreen sunscreen label zinc oxide

With so many different types and brands of sunscreens available on the market, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. It’s important not to fall for fancy packaging and false claims pictured on products but instead to know how to read a sunscreen label and to know exactly what you are getting. To make it easier for consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has simplified the rules for sunscreen labels. The primary guidelines concern Sun Protection Factor (SPF), broad spectrum coverage and water resistance. There is additional information on the labels to help...

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Which Sunscreens Work and Which Don’t?

Aug 06 2015 physical blocker Sunscreen titanium dioxided zinc oxide

There’s been a lot of media coverage this summer about several well-known brands of sunscreen that consumers are saying do not work. Just this week, social media lit up with numerous photos of people with bright red sunburns who claimed they used a particular brand and followed its directions, but still suffered serious sunburn. Consumers are unhappy and rightly so. Savvy customers today are choosy about the type of sunscreen they purchase and are looking for one that has the least amount of chemicals but still provides effective sun protection. They aren’t turned off by spending a little more on...

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