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If you’ve been searching for sunscreen ingredients that are safe for the whole family, you might have come across the term “non-nano zinc oxide” multiple times before. But what does it mean? And more importantly, what makes it so special?

You’re asking all the right questions!

In this article, we’ll dive deep into what non-nano zinc oxide is, how it works, and some products you can find that are formulated with this incredible mineral.
Let’s get started!

Benefits Of Choosing The Right Sunscreen
 Mom applying non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen on child

Most of us wear sunscreen regularly without thinking too much about it. It has just become a part of our routine.

Before we talk about non-nano zinc oxide, the different types of sunscreen, and why ingredients matter, let’s take a minute to look at why wearing the right sunscreen is important in the first place.

1) Prevents Premature Aging

Having radiant and healthy-looking skin is something everyone wants. Luckily, sunscreen helps your skin stay youthful-looking for longer! By protecting you from the harmful rays of the sun, sunscreen prevents your skin from developing early wrinkles and fine lines.

Studies have also found that people under the age of 55 who wore sunscreen daily had 24% less skin aging compared to people who only wore sunscreen occasionally.

2) Lowers Your Chances Of Developing Skin Cancers

When you wear sunscreen on a daily basis, you lower your risk of developing different types of skin cancers, especially melanoma.

Melanoma begins in your skin cells and controls the pigmentation of your skin. It can also extend from the surface to deeper layers of your skin.

The more you wear sun protection every day the fewer chances you have of developing this and many other cancers.

3) Prevents Sunburn

Prevention against sunburn is probably one of the most common reasons why people wear sunscreen. No one wants red, hot, and uncomfortable skin.

As long as you wear your mineral sunscreen while you’re outside and keep reapplying every couple of hours, you won’t have to worry about this!

4) Prevents Skin Rashes And Other Irritations

Have you ever worn sunscreen and immediately developed a reaction to the product? That usually happens with chemical sunscreens, which contain a lot of harsh chemicals.

Mustela’s sunscreens, on the other hand, are formulated with naturally derived ingredients, dermatologist-tested, and National Eczema Association (NEA) approved!

What Is Zinc Oxide?

Child applying non-nano zinc oxide

Now that we’ve covered why wearing sunscreen is important, it’s time to talk specifics!

Firstly, zinc oxide is a mineral that has a long history of being used in sun protection products. That’s because it is incredibly effective in protecting you from both UVA and UVB rays.

Zinc oxide is one of the main active ingredients in mineral sunscreens (more on this shortly). But because of how effective it is — especially when it comes to your skin — zinc oxide can be found in lots of other skincare products, too.

This mineral has been used to treat multiple skin conditions, including eczema, acne, and even burn wounds. It supports healing by soothing, softening, and adding moisture to the skin.

If you have kids, you may have also seen the ingredient listed on the back of your baby’s diaper cream label.

The fact that zinc oxide can be found in so many skincare products goes to show just how effective it is in helping you care for your skin!

Speaking about caring for your skin, sometimes sunscreens (and other skincare products) contain harmful ingredients. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your products contain non-nano zinc oxide.

What Is Non-Nano Zinc Oxide?

Baby hold Mustela Mineral sunscreen

In order to fully grasp what non-nano zinc oxide is, we first need to understand the term “nano.”

Nano refers to nanometers. It is a unit of measurement for length in the metric system, and one nanometer is equal to one-billionth of a meter. Nanoparticles are smaller than 100 nanometers.

Since “nano” refers to super-small particles, “non-nano” is, therefore, not as small. These are larger than 100 nanometers.

So, if nano and non-nano zinc oxide are all about size, what does this have to do with your sun protection?

Before we can answer that question, we need to look at the different types of sunscreen. If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you’ll know how much we advocate for mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen.

In a nutshell, mineral sunscreen is better for you and the environment because of the ingredients used.

There are two main active ingredients in mineral sunscreen: zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. And mineral sunscreens can have either (or both) nano and non-nano zinc oxide particles.

When it comes to sun protection, the bigger the particle size the better. Why?

Because of the way nanoparticles act on your skin. When you apply sunscreen with nano zinc oxide, the super-small particles can penetrate your skin cells and end up in your bloodstream (and even in your lungs).

In addition, if you’re planning to enjoy a day at the beach, the coral reefs can also ingest these tiny particles when the sunscreen washes off in the ocean.

Studies are still ongoing about the full dangers that nanoparticles can have on our skin and the environment. But in the meantime, we think it’s important to stay safe, which is why we prefer non-nano zinc oxide and have included it in all our sunscreens.

These particles are too large to be absorbed by your skin, making them safe for the whole family (and the coral reefs!).

Sunscreens With Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Now that we’re on the same page about the importance of non-nano zinc oxide in your sun protection, where can you find sunscreens that have this ingredient?

SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

Child holding Mustela’s SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion that is non-nano zinc oxide

If you’re looking for something safe and effective for both you and your family, Mustela’s SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Lotion ticks all the right boxes!

This sunscreen is not only non-nano, but it’s also formulated from 93% naturally derived ingredients, which include vitamin E, coconut oil, and macadamia oil.

This product is also safe to use on your little one from birth. And the natural ingredients make it perfect for people with sensitive skin!

SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Spray

Dad on a picnic with child while being prepared with Mustela’s SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Spray

If you prefer the ease of spray sunscreen over lotion, then you’ll love Mustela’s SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Spray. It contains non-nano zinc oxide, too, and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

That makes it great for those pool or beach days when you just can’t keep away from the water!

Some people may shy away from mineral sunscreen because most leave a white residue on the skin. Not this one! Our mineral sunscreen is lightweight and sheer.

As a bonus, our spray contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera, sunflower oil, and calendula.

These gentle and natural ingredients give the product soothing and hydrating properties to make your skin feel amazing while being protected from the sun!

SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Child grabbing for Mustela’s SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick

Finally, Mustela’s SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick offers sun protection for you, your little ones, and the whole family.

Besides loving its non-nano zinc oxide and 70% organic materials, you’ll love how travel-friendly it is. You can quickly put this in any size bag to ensure that you and your family will get the sun protection you need!

And with the National Science Foundation (NSF) quality seal, the acceptance by the National Eczema Association (NEA), and our rigorous pediatric and dermatological testing, you can rest assured that our Mineral Sunscreen Stick contains organic ingredients and is free of harsh chemicals.

Safe For Your Family And The Environment

We highlighted above some of the dangers that chemical sunscreens can pose to your family as well as the environment.

The good news is that all of our sunscreens are compliant with Hawaii’s sunscreen ingredient requirements and are considered reef-safe — because we love to have fun in the sun without harming the coral reefs!

By now, you’ve also probably noticed a few common themes between our sunscreens:

  1. They all contain non-nano zinc oxide
  2. They are safe for the whole family and the environment
  3. They are formulated with gentle, naturally derived ingredients and are certified by NEA, making them great for people with sensitive skin

Our sunscreens are also developed in collaboration with healthcare professionals and based on scientific research. With all these qualities, you can’t go wrong with Mustela’s sun protection products!

Non-Nano Zinc Oxide For The Win!

Parents with baby out on a picnic

Many skincare ingredients are touted as safe and clean. But after closer inspection, you may learn that they can be harmful to you, your family, and the environment.

Non-nano zinc oxide is NOT one of those ingredients!

Using sunscreen made with non-nano zinc oxide is the best way to ensure that you and your family stay safe in the sun without worrying about harsh chemicals absorbing into your skin or the ocean.

And as we mentioned above, all Mustela sunscreen products are formulated with non-nano zinc oxide for the most effective and gentle sun protection.
Whichever option you choose — from the SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen Stick to the SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen Spray — you can be sure that you, your family, and the environment are protected!