Zinc oxide is an insoluble white powder used for a variety of different applications. It occurs naturally as the mineral zincite, but most zinc oxide used worldwide is produced synthetically.
Zinc oxide benefits for skin
Zinc oxide is used to help support the skin from damage due to the sun’s UV rays. It works by reflecting the sun’s rays, filtering them out so not only are the UV rays absorbed by the skin limited, but so is damage to the delicate cells of the skin.
(Zinc oxide is a common ingredient in sunscreens manufactured in the United States, but we at Xtend-Life have weighed the risk factors and believe that many of the other chemicals used in sunscreens have the potential to do more harm than good.)
Zinc oxide also helps create a protective barrier over skin, trapping in moisture to keep skin supple and radiant while keeping toxins out. That makes zinc oxide an effective barrier against free radicals, which target the collagen and elastin in skin, damaging the protein cells and leaving skin sallow and sagging with fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots.
It also helps to reduce the risk of breakouts by managing healthy levels of sebum production.
Zinc oxide is most effective when paired with other ingredients, where it works in synergy, boosting the benefits for better results.
Uses of Zinc oxide
Zinc oxide is used primarily for industrial purposes, and is produced for a wide range of applications, including tires, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, food, paint and chemicals.
It is also used in the production of plastics and other textiles.
Source and sustainability of Zinc oxide
Xtend-Life’s zinc oxide is sourced from the global company Umicore Zinc Chemicals, which focuses on leaving behind as small an environmental footprint as possible. The company recycles when possible and is dedicated to ethical business practices.
Its zinc oxide is produced using a French process dating back to 1944 that oxides very pure zinc vapor, creating very small zinc oxide particles.
Reviews and testimonials
Zinc oxide is used in the formula for Xtend-Life’s Age Defying Cleansing Mask (Men’s and Women’s).
“My sister ordered a few of the skin products. She is raving about the cleansing face mask. She definitely will be ordering more if it”