Lip Coloured Balm with 20% Zinc Oxide
Based on the recipe for the original Lip Balm this balm will not only keep your lips smooth and moist but with the added Zinc oxide it is also able to provide protection from the sun. Due to the added micas as colourant the balm has a dark pink appearance on the skin.
Ingredients: Ricinus communis (Castor) oil*, Zinc oxide, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot) kernel oil*, Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil, Euphorbia cerifera cera (Candelilla) wax, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) wax, Theobrama cacao (Cocoa) butter*, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate(Vitamin E), d-Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Mica, Fragrance
Active ingredient: 20% zinc oxide
Other products with zinc oxide: Tinted Pure Moisture Facial Day Cream, Tinted Body Lotion, Lotion with zinc oxide
General information about Zinc oxide
Zinc oxide is a wonderful moisturiser, and has antiseptic properties.
It is a fantastic sun block, protecting the skin from UVA (A for ageing and also causing skin cancers) and UVB (B for burning) without any harmful other effects to the body.
It is available as zinc oxide (leaving the well known white film on the skin) and also as the much more expensive micronised zinc oxide (less obvious on the skin). The higher the percentage in the formula the higher the protection. Easily accessible tables are showing that each percent of added zinc oxide provides approximately an extra SPF of 1. For micronised zinc oxide the factor is even 1.5. Therefore 10% zinc oxide in a formula should have an SPF of about 10.
According to the Australian laws any product claiming an SPF of over 15 falls under the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), has to be registered as a sunscreen and provide proof of its claims.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It is only an indicator for protection from UVB, as it only indicates how much longer you can stay in the sun before the skin turns red. SPF 10 indicates you can stay 10 times longer in the sun than without the sun screen. If without protection it would take 10 minutes for the skin to turn red, with SPF 10 it will take 100 minutes. Unfortunately the SPF is no indication for protection from UVA.
My lip balms and lotions with zinc oxide have not been registered as sun screens, and I am not claiming that they provide an SPF of over 15. I also do not claim them to be water resistant (although you will struggle to wash zinc off your skin with water and soap. A cream cleanser makes it easy work).
If you use my products with zinc oxide please check careful if and how much protection from the sun you will get. First signs of too long exposure to the sun will be a reddening of the skin.