zinc oxide


Definition of zinc oxide 

: an infusible white solid ZnO used especially as a pigment, in compounding rubber, and in pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations (such as ointments and sunblocks)

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Try Mad Hippie's Facial SPF 30 ($24.99 at madhippie.com) which contains the powerful sun protector zinc oxide – but magically goes on clear. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "5 SPF trends your face needs this summer," 29 June 2018 Most zinc oxide goes on chalky white but this one gets great reviews for being transparent, leaving behind zero residue, and anti-acne. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "The 10 Best Products From Dermstore’s Secret Sale," 13 Apr. 2018 What to look for: No nanoparticles Free from chemicals like oxybenzone, butylparaben, octinoxate, octocrylene, and PABA Non-nano zinc oxide or non-nano titanium dioxide for UVA/UVB (broad spectrum) coverage Lotion or balm, not spray. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Sunscreens That Keep You and the Coral Reefs Safe," 22 Jan. 2018 The formula protects from UV rays with zinc oxide and octinoxate, and also delivers a boost of hydration to skin from hyaluronic acid. Kathleen Mulpeter, Health.com, "Drew Barrymore Swears By This 'Amazing' Lightweight Sunscreen That Doesn't Cause Breakouts," 4 June 2018 Try to choose a physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, rather than chemical ingredients like oxybenzone and octyl methoxycinnamate. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "What are the best sunscreens for swimming and sports? | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 In fact, zinc oxide is EWG’s top choice for sun protection. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Study finds 67 percent of sunscreens don’t actually work — find one that does," 22 May 2018 Among the chemical sunscreen ingredients that wouldn't be affected by the ban are avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, and homosalate; there are also plenty of mineral sunscreen options that rely on zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Hawaii State Legislature Passes Chemical Sunscreen Ingredients Bill," 3 May 2018 The non-profit Environmental Working Group, which ranks sunscreen brands based on effectiveness and chemical composition, reports zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens are usually most environmentally friendly. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Hawaii may ban sunscreen that kills coral reefs. What sunscreen is safe for the environment?," 2 May 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of zinc oxide 

: a white solid ZnO used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations (as ointments and powders)

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