Non-Nano Zinc Oxide: What Is It & Is It Safe?


When it comes to sunscreen, there are tons of buzz words floating around these days. Specifically when it involves the ingredients we should or should not be looking for in SPF. If you’ve been wondering about non-nano zinc oxide, we’re here to help.

what is zinc oxide?

Zinc oxide is a white, powdery mineral with a longstanding history for its sun protection benefits. It’s one of the main active ingredients you’ll find in mineral, or physical, sunscreen. Rather than soaking into the skin, like chemical sunscreens, zinc actually sits on top of your skin and protects you by scattering and reflecting the sun’s rays. It essentially works much like a mirror.

Zinc oxide is the only FDA approved filter that offers extensive protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Because of this, zinc alone can serve as the sole active ingredient in your mineral SPF formula. Look for a concentration of at least 20% and no more than 25%.

what does non-nano mean?

Hailing from the Greek word “nanos,” the word “nano” means “dwarf.” When it comes to sunscreen or formulations, the term “non-nano” refers to nanometers. Here’s a quick scientific breakdown…

One nanometre is one-billionth of a meter.
That means a nanoparticle is any particle smaller than 100 nanometers.
A non-nano particle, therefore, is larger than 100 nanometers.

In layman’s terms: a nanoparticle is super, super small. Non-nano, on the other hand, means the particles aren’t quite as tiny.

As it turns out, non-nano is what you want to look for when you’re looking at mineral sunscreen.


Source: The Sun is Killing Me

why is non-nano zinc oxide safer and more effective?

When it comes to sunscreen, you’re looking for something that will protect you. And do so safely. While zinc SPF using nanoparticles will protect you effectively, the question of safety isn’t quite as clear cut. The concern is these tiny-sized particles can find your way into your body by entering your pores and then on into your bloodstream.

Non-nano particles don’t raise this concern, which makes them an all-around safer option when it comes to sunscreen safety. Not to mention, non-nano zinc can’t be ingested by coral reefs — which means they’re safer for our oceans, too.

non-nano zinc oxide faq’s

☀️ what is non-nano zinc oxide used for?

Non-nano zinc oxide is an active ingredient used in mineral sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. Non-nano guarantees you’ll enjoy all the benefits of zinc oxide in the safest and most effective way possible.

☀️ is non-nano zinc good for your skin?

Yes, non-nano zinc sunscreen is probably hands-down the best sunscreen you can possibly use for your skin. Because non-nano zinc oxide doesn’t pose the risk of entering your bloodstream, you’ll steer clear of any potentially harmful or toxic effects.

☀️ is all zinc non-nano?

No, not all zinc is created equal. Because zinc is notorious for leaving a white cast, some companies have developed nano-sized particles of it for a more sheer and less chalky appearance after application. At Goddess Garden, our primary focus is the safety of people and the planet. That’s why we use non-nano zinc oxide in all of our mineral sunscreen products.

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Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of what your best option is when it comes to the size of zinc used in your SPF, you’re ready to choose one that will safely protect you and your family. At Goddess Garden, we designed sunscreen for each and every member of your crew — even the littlest ones. And after 16 years of formulating mineral SPF, we’ve perfected the art of non-nano zinc sunscreen that goes on clear and sheer.

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