Best Zinc Oxide Sunscreens

Updated January 2019
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    Zinc oxide is a must for an effective sunscreen. It is one of the broadest and most effective ingredients for protecting skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide works by reflecting light off the surface of the skin, but the downside it that its opacity makes the skin look ghostly white, so some creams are tinted to offset the effect  — or, look for a lotion that has been micronized, where the zinc has been broken down, thus avoiding this problem. Zinc oxide formulas are non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, acne-prone and those with rosacea. Another plus: It works right away, rather than needing to be applied prior to going into the sunlight.

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