Records show that zinc was first used in an old natural healing skin salve in India. Zinc oxide first made an appearance in commercial beauty and skincare products during the 1940s. Back then zinc oxide products were used primarily to treat skin conditions unrelated to sun exposure, including poison ivy, dandruff, and rashes. By the 1980’s, zinc oxide’s benefits for naturally preventing and treating sun damage became clearer and widely supported through medical literature.
WHAT IS IT?
ZINC OXIDE is made from zinc, a type of metallic element found in nature. Just like other elemental metals, including iron or electrolytes like magnesium, zinc is able to carry a certain electric charge that gives it special benefits within the body. Zinc benefits affect different systems of the body, including the immune system, digestive tract, brain and skin — where it is used as a type of important “building block” for protein synthesis, enzyme creation, and metabolic processes.
LOADS OF BENEFITS!
Today, zinc oxide benefits are fairly broad – zinc oxide is a key active ingredient in many diaper rash creams, calamine lotions, mineral sunscreens, vitamin supplements and acne treatments.
Zinc oxide has been found to have the following uses and benefits:
- Helping to heal skin inflammation associated with rashes, allergies or irritation.
- Providing broad-spectrum sun protection that prevents burns.
- Improving wound healing and preventing bacterial infections.
- Aiding in recovery of burns and damaged tissue.
- Helping to treat acne breakouts.
- Keeping moisture locked into dry skin.
- Lowering inflammatory dermatoses.
- Improving synthesis of collagen and forming of new connective tissue.
- and many more, really.