Typically used as a natural sunscreen or a treatment for minor skin irritations, zinc oxide cream has a lot to offer -- it physically blocks nearly all harmful UV rays when applied topically, handily resists water and doesn't soak into the skin, unlike penetrating sunscreens that sometimes contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. On the flip side, some of the qualities that make zinc cream useful -- namely its water resistance and barrier-like properties -- also mean it requires extra care when it comes to removal.
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Rinse your face or the area to which you have applied zinc oxide cream or sunscreen thoroughly with warm water. If you have lots of zinc on your body, hop into a warm shower for easier, more contained removal.
Work mild, natural liquid or bar soap between your wet hands to generate a thick, foamy lather. Ingredients such as jojoba oil, peppermint oil, hempseed and soybean make for effective natural soaps. For particularly stubborn or dried-on zinc, turn to a soap with light exfoliating elements, such as burnt sugar or vanilla beans.
Work the lather into a clean, gently abrasive or textured sponge, loofah or washcloth. Massage the zinc with the lathered sponge, loofah or washcloth, applying a bit of pressure and working in circular motions. This method slowly but surely removes zinc from the skin.
Rinse thoroughly with warm water and repeat the rinsing, lathering and massaging process until your skin is free of zinc.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- The Dr. Oz Show: Your Sunscreen Might Be Poisoning You
- W.S. Badger Company, Inc.: Badger Natural Sunscreen FAQ
- Today: Clean Up Your Act! The Best All-Natural Soaps
- HealthCentral: A & D Zinc Oxide Cream Top Uses and How to Use
- PubMed Health: Zinc Oxide (On the Skin)
- Environmental Working Group: Sunscreens: How It Works, What It Means
- The New York Times: The New Rules for Sunscreen
- Dr. Cynthia Bailey Skin Care: What Sunscreen Is Best After Summer?