When it comes to keeping your family happy and healthy, there are lots of buzz words these days, mostly surrounding what ingredients are and aren’t in your family’s products. If non-nano zinc oxide is one of the ingredients you’ve been wondering about, you’re in the right place.

What exactly is non-nano zinc oxide? And why is it said to be such a great sunscreen ingredient? Here at Babo Botanicals, we care about the answers to those two questions!

In this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know about non-nano zinc oxide and how to choose a sunscreen that’s safe for your whole family and effectively protects each and every one of them from the sun’s harmful rays.

First, we’ll explain what this ingredient is by breaking it down into its two parts: non-nano and zinc oxide.

What Is Zinc Oxide?

Zinc oxide is a mineral, and it’s one of the main active ingredients in many mineral sunscreens. An active ingredient in sunscreen is the ingredient that actually does the work of protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.

Obviously, that’s a very important job!

Zinc oxide sits on top of your skin (rather than soaking in, like chemical sunscreens do) and protects you by scattering, absorbing, and reflecting the sun’s rays.

It can stand alone as a sunscreen because it is truly effective against UVA and UVB rays — this is called a “broad-spectrum blocker.” But zinc oxide isn’t just effective at blocking the sun! It’s also good for your skin.

Other Ways Zinc Oxide Is Used

In this article, we’ll focus on how zinc oxide is used in sunscreen, but you should also know that zinc oxide has been widely used in diaper creams because of its safety and effectiveness.

For example, Babo Botanicals Sensitive Baby Zinc Diaper Cream is made with a high content of 25% non-nano zinc oxide. It’s fragrance-free and great for even the most sensitive-skin babies!

This cloth diaper-friendly cream is also made with nourishing shea and cocoa butter to soothe skin irritation and provide a protective moisture barrier for your little one’s skin.

But enough about diaper cream for now! Let’s get back to sunscreen.

Now that you know what zinc oxide is, what about the “non-nano” part?

What Does Non-Nano Mean?

Nano comes from the Greek word “nanos” and means “dwarf.” The term “non-nano” refers to nanometers. 

One nanometre is one-billionth of a meter, meaning a nanoparticle is a particle smaller than 100 nanometers. Therefore, a non-nano particle is larger than 100 nanometers.

The EU defines nanomaterials as natural, incidental, or manufactured materials that contain particles where greater than 50% of the particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1 nm - 100 nm.

In simple terms: a nanoparticle is super small. Non-nano refers to particles that aren’t so tiny. And, it turns out, non-nano is what you want when it comes to mineral sunscreen.

Why? Good question. Let’s talk about why non-nano and zinc oxide are both the best choices when it comes to sunscreen.

Why Is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Safe And Effective?

When choosing a sunscreen, you want to find one that is both safe and effective.

When we say “safe,” we’re talking about a sunscreen that won’t irritate your skin or harm your body. And when we say “effective,” we’re talking about a sunscreen that effectively protects you from the rays of the sun.

But why is zinc oxide safe, you ask?

Health advocates, like Amy Myers, MD (www.DrAmyMyers.com), believe zinc oxide sunscreens are better for your body than either chemical-based sunscreens or exposing your skin to the sun without sunscreen.

Here, we’ll explain why non-nano zinc oxide is the safe and effective choice.

Chemical Versus Mineral Sunscreen

There are two types of sunscreens: chemical and mineral. Zinc oxide falls under the “mineral” category.

The other active ingredient used in mineral sunscreens is titanium dioxide. These two ingredients are currently the only two active ingredients (for both chemical and mineral sunscreens) that are “proposed to be safe and effective for sunscreen use” according to the FDA.

Why is mineral sunscreen safer than chemical sunscreen? The active ingredients in chemical sunscreen can damage your body as they soak in through your skin. Plus, they can be bad for the sea creatures we love so much!

Oxybenzone — one of the most common active ingredients in chemical sunscreens — is a hormone disruptor, and it contributes to coral reef bleaching when it’s washed off in the ocean.

Not to mention it can be quite irritating to your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin.

So, mineral sunscreen is the way to go!

And zinc oxide is the best of the two mineral sunscreen active ingredients because it is truly a broad-spectrum blocker. That means it protects you and your family from both UVA and UVB rays.

Titanium dioxide does a good job of keeping UVB rays out, but it’s not as effective when it comes to UVA rays.

In addition to chemical vs. mineral sunscreen, it’s also important to know the difference between natural vs. organic sunscreen. Natural sunscreen typically refers to mineral sunscreens because they contain the active ingredients titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Organic sunscreen, on the other hand, refers to chemical sunscreen, and they contain chemical ingredients, like avobenzone and oxybenzone. Chemical sunscreen will provide good sun protection, but its ingredients aren’t ideal for your body or the environment. So, when in doubt, choose natural (or mineral) sunscreen over chemical sunscreen.

Nano Versus Non-Nano Particles

Now that we know zinc oxide is the winning ingredient, we need to take it one step further and talk specifically about nano and non-nano particles. This has to do with sunscreen safety, not effectiveness.

The concern with these super-small nanoparticles is that they can find their way into your body by penetrating your skin and getting into your bloodstream. And while a nanoparticle will enter your bloodstream, a non-nano particle won’t. For that reason, non-nano is considered safer.

While there’s not enough data to prove this theory, here at Babo Botanicals, we don’t think it’s worth the risk. Plus, nano-sized particles are so small that they can be ingested by coral reefs, and we don’t want that either.

Having said all of that, we recommend mineral sunscreen made with non-nano particles.

We’re happy to say that all of our sunscreens boast a “Non-Nano” label, making it easy for you to choose a sunscreen at a glance!

But to ensure that your sunscreen is properly doing its job, it’s also imperative that you don’t use expired sunscreen. Expired sunscreen won’t work as effectively at protecting you from sun damage and it can also contain bacteria that can be irritating to your skin

So before you go ahead and use that sunscreen that’s been sitting in the back of your bathroom cabinet since forever, make sure you check the expiration date. Expired sunscreens will typically look more yellow in color or have a liquidy or grainy texture. 

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide FAQs

Here are some helpful FAQs so that you can have a better understanding of why non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen is the best type of sunscreen to use.

What Is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Used For?

Non-nano zinc oxide is used in sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum coverage that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Zinc oxide is one of the best ingredients to use in sunscreen, and non-nano zinc oxide guarantees that you’ll reap all the benefits of zinc oxide in the safest and most effective way possible. 

Non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen essentially means that the zinc oxide particles in the sunscreen aren’t small enough to absorb into the skin, so it’s a much safer option to use.

Is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Good For Skin?

Yes, non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen is one of the best sunscreens to use for your skin. This is because the zinc oxide particles won’t get absorbed by your skin and go into your bloodstream, which can happen with other types of nano sunscreens. 

Non-nano sunscreen is also better to use during pregnancy, as some of the ingredients in sunscreens can be toxic if they get absorbed into your bloodstream or enter into your lungs.

Non-nano zinc oxide sunscreens typically score well in EWG’s sunscreen guide because they are a safer and healthier option, and still provide excellent sun protection

Is All Zinc Oxide Non-Nano?

No, not all zinc oxide is non-nano. A nanoparticle is a small particle that ranges between 1 to 100 nanometres in size. Undetectable by the human eye, nanoparticles can exhibit significantly different physical and chemical properties to their larger material counterparts.

The definition given by the European Commission states that the particle size of at least half of the particles in the number size distribution must measure 100 nm or below. Most nanoparticles are made up of only a few hundred atoms.

Non-nano zinc sunscreen is a much safer option to use because it means that the zinc oxide particles won’t enter into your blood system or your lungs.

What Is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide?

Zinc Oxide comes from a natural mineral source and is used mainly for sun protection. Non-nano zinc oxide is made out of zinc oxide particles that are at least 100 nanometers big. Most mineral sunscreens are made out of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and it’s crucial to choose a sunscreen that has non-nano zinc oxide particles.

Shopping For Non-Nano Zinc Oxide Sunscreens

Knowing all of this, you’re ready to confidently choose a sunscreen that will be safe for your family while effectively protecting them from the sun. Lake days and beach trips, here we come!

We’ll tell you about some of our Babo Botanicals non-nano zinc oxide sunscreens so you can choose the one that suits your family best.

We’ve got a sunscreen for every member of your family — even your tiniest ones. And best of all, they go on clear, not white like other mineral sunscreens. That way, you don’t have to sacrifice your looks to protect your skin!

Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen

Our Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 50) is a vegan, lightweight, baby sunscreen lotion to keep your little one safe while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.

In addition to containing skin-healthy ingredients like zinc oxide, it’s also fragrance-free, gluten-free, and formulated for even the most sensitive of kissable baby skin.

Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion

Our Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion is perfect for the adults in your family but also safe and gentle enough for babies and kids!

In addition to fighting sun damage with zinc oxide, this hypoallergenic sunscreen also moisturizes your skin with soothing certified organic oils. It contains our exclusive Nutri-Soothe™ Complex rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

This sunscreen is not only safe for your skin, but it’s also good for your skin!

Sheer Zinc Continuous Spray Sunscreen

If you’re a fan of spray-on sunscreen, you don’t have to sacrifice the convenience of spray to use a zinc sunscreen! We’re proud to introduce the first 100% Zinc Sheer Continuous Spray SPF 30 sunscreen for the entire family.

Simply shake it well before spraying it on yourself or your kids, and remember not to spray it directly onto anyone’s face.

As with all sunscreen, apply plenty and put it on 15 minutes before you head outside. Then reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating and immediately after towel drying.

Super Shield Sport Stick Sunscreen

Another easy way to armor-up with sunscreen without getting it all over your hands? Use a sunscreen stick!

Our high performing and convenient Super Shield Sport Stick Sunscreen SPF 50 provides 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance.

Plus, since it’s in a stick, it’s easy to apply and you can get right back to what you were doing without a mess on your hands!

Whether you’re mountain biking, enjoying a day at the lake, or applying sunscreen to squirmy kids, this sport stick might be just the ticket!

Like our other zinc sunscreens, this 100% non-nano zinc sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It also moisturizes and protects your skin with organic shea butter, avocado oil, and jojoba oil.

Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen

We’ve talked a good bit about sunscreens that you’ll slather on your whole body for beach trips or pool days. But keep in mind that it’s also important to wear face sunscreen all year long!

You can do just that with Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and adds luminosity to your skin, making it the perfect protection for everyday wear!

This tinted sunscreen is also loaded with ingredients that are good for your skin: kahai oil, sea buckthorn oil, and argan oil, plus anti-aging hyaluronic acid.

Safe And Healthy Fun In The Sun

With good sun safety and the right sunscreen, you and your family can enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities!

And now, you have the information you need to choose the best non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen to keep everyone’s skin healthy and protected.

Stock up on sunscreen for the whole family with Babo Botanicals Baby Skin Mineral Sunscreen for your little ones and Clear Zinc Sunscreen Lotion for everyone else. And, finally, don’t forget to protect your face every single day — no matter the season — with Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen.

Lather up and get busy enjoying the great outdoors!