What is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide?

What is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide?

With Summer quickly approaching, everyone is talking about sun protection. There is no doubt that sun protection is important, but not all sun protection methods are created equally. Chemical sunscreens are packed with toxins that quickly absorb into the bloodstream. Good news! Clean alternatives are becoming mainstream which is why you might be hearing the terms mineral sunscreen, non-nano zinc oxide, and physical sunscreen thrown around. But what does it all mean?

What is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide?

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is a particle that sits on top of the skin, typically over 100nm in size to prevent them from absorbing into the skin barrier.

What does it do?

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is one of the few ingredients that can protect from both UVA and UVB rays.  

Why do we love it?

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is effective and provides broad spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. Other mineral or chemical ingredients need to be used in combination with one another to provide a similar level of protection.

In addition to being good for your skin, Non-Nano Zinc Oxide is also reef safe compared to chemical sunscreens that have damaging effects on marine life and bleach our coral reefs. It is the perfect option that is safe for you, your family, and our planet. 

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Try the Kypris Pot of Shade: Heliotropic SPF 30. This translucent vail provides broad spectrum SPF 30 while also creating a plump and smooth canvas for makeup.


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