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Pros and Cons of Zinc Oxide in Lip Balm

SPF in lip balms comes from a variety of different chemicals and compounds. In recent years, science has suggested that some of the chemical ingredients in lip balms may be doing more harm than good. While it can be difficult to avoid these chemical additives when purchasing pre-made lip balm, you don’t have to stay away from SPF lip balms entirely. The simple solution is to fill custom lip balm containers with a homemade lip balm. We’ve seen great success with zinc oxide, and today, we’ll take a look at some of the pros and cons of this natural sunblock.

The Pros:

  • Zinc oxide occurs naturally and contains no harmful chemical additives that can damage your skin with prolonged use.
  • For most people, zinc oxide is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t cause an allergic reaction or aggravate your skin.
  • Zinc is an essential mineral that may help improve mild skin irritations like rashes, cuts on your lip, and may even help reduce the severity of acne around your mouth.
  • Adding zinc oxide to your lip balm can help protect you from UVA and UVB rays, giving your lip balm broad-spectrum protection, unlike many chemical sunscreens.

The Cons:

  • Because zinc is a fairly thick white powder, it can leave white residue on your lips. However, the UVA and UVB blocking properties of zinc make it worth it, especially if you’re planning on being in the sun for an extended period of time.
  • Zinc oxide can be drying to the skin, so you’ll want to pair it with an excellent moisturizer like jojoba oil or vitamin E oil.

Protect your lips this summer with a homemade SPF lip balm. Our custom lip balm containers will let you create the perfect gift for friends and family alike. Order yours today!