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 are 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?

mom applying non-nano zinc oxide on daughter's face

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 sunblock because it is truly effective against UVA, UVB, and even UVC 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’s 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-skinned babies!

This cloth diaper-friendly cream is also made with nourishing colloidal oatmeal, 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.

Happy baby in a diaper

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.

Let’s put this into really 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.

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.

mom and toddler at the beach being protected by non-nano zinc oxide

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.

 Woman checking her skin in the mirror

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.

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.

Babo Botanicals sunscreens have been tested and found to be non-nano. Remember how we mentioned earlier that a non-nano particle is larger than 100 nanometers? Our Babo clear zinc sunscreen contains particles measuring 700 nanometers — much larger than 100 nanometers.

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!

Beach bag by the pool with non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen

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

baby at the beach protected by a hat and non-nano zinc oxide 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

Babo Botanicals Non-Nano Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Babo Botanicals Sheer Zinc Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Babo Botanicals Super Shield Sport Stick Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

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

Babo Botanicals Daily Sheer Tinted 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’s 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

toddler running in the ocean

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’s 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!