Microfine Zinc Oxide: The Gold Standard for UVA/UVB Protection
The gold standard for protection against UVB and both short- and long-wave UVA is microfine zinc oxide, which is now available in both daily wear and beach products. Because current federal regulations allow sunscreens and daily moisturizers with sun protection to be labeled “broad spectrum” even if they provide only partial UVA protection, consumers must look for microfine zinc oxide or Z-Cote® as a key active ingredient. Higher concentrations of microfine zinc oxide offer greater protection, so consumers should also determine the percentage of microfine zinc oxide in the product. Some manufacturers already list this information on the label, others do not; thus, physicians and consumers may need to inquire to determine which products offer the highest concentrations. Currently available products contain Z-Cote® concentrations ranging from 2% to 7%.
To summarize, choose a daily wear product that contains microfine zinc oxide and has an SPF15 or greater. Daily wear products typically are nongreasy, cosmetically elegant, and can be worn either under make-up or without it. Waterproof products tend to be heavier and feel greasy, characteristics that are necessary to make such products waterproof, but are needed for water sports.
Z-COTE, an innovative form of microfine zinc oxide used in leading suncare products, skin moisturizers, and makeup products, offers one of the best ways to protect skin from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. “Unlike the old, pasty white zinc oxide, Z-COTE goes on clear, and actually forms a protective barrier on the skin that stops harmful UV rays from penetrating,” explains Linda Sneyers, Z-COTE Product Manager . “It offers true broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.”
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