Zinc oxide is a fine mineral powder that makes up 40% of our Bum Balm. It’s a natural alternative to the usual chemicals used in many diaper creams.
It is also a common ingredient in natural sunscreens. Zinc oxide makes a great diaper cream or sunscreen base because of its water-insoluble properties. That means if you mix some zinc oxide with water, it will not dissolve into the water; it will remain water and powder. This property becomes extremely useful when being applied to the skin.
Water will bead on top of the zinc, but will not break the water-resistant barrier. If you rubbed some Bum Balm onto your hands and then washed your hands, you’d still see the water beading on top of your hands because of the remaining zinc oxide.
Why We Use Non-Nanoparticle Zinc Oxide In Our Bum Balm
We use the non-nanoparticle form of zinc oxide, which is different from a nanoparticle. A nanoparticle substance has particles so small that they are measured in nanometers (one billionth of a meter, or 10^-9). When a particle is this small, it can pass through the skin into the blood. This is no good! That’s why we use non-nanoparticle zinc oxide. It’s much safer when in a larger form.
We wouldn’t use 40% of any ingredient if it wasn’t an all-star. The main reason for using non-nano zinc oxide is for optimum skin protection. Our Bum Balm contains zero parabens, petroleum or BHA, providing the best water-skin barrier to keep those bums rash-free.
Our hypoallergenic formula is thicker and glides on easier than other diaper creams. You can thank the additions of shea butter, lanolin, and Vitamin E!
Pro Tip: We’ve heard lots of people say they use Bum Balm for insect bites, sunscreen (when they are out of options), and to help prevent chapping.
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Zinc Oxide For The Win
Zinc has also been shown to have many benefits including, but not limited to, improving the synthesis of collagen and the forming of new connective tissue, keeping moisture locked into dry skin, lowering inflammation associated with rashes and irritation, and preventing bacterial infections.
Overall, zinc is an awesome mineral with some great qualities that make it the best ingredient to prevent or help with diaper rash. It’s water resistant, reduces redness and irritation, and helps fight off bacteria within minutes!
Protect your favorite little bums with our Zinc Oxide-filled Bum Balm: