light lotion with pumpkin seed oil. Today I want to modify that lotion to include some zinc oxide.
So what's the deal with zinc oxide and why would I include it in a lotion? It is approved for use as an anti-chafing and soothing ingredient (in the U.S. it is classified under category 1, skin protectant). It is slightly astringent, so it is great for oily or inflamed skin. It is anti-septic, anti-microbial, and fungicidal, so it can act as a treatment for annoyed skin as well. And finally, it's good for relieving the prickly feeling and irritation of heat, so it's a good choice for summer products. As my husband will be working outside in this cold and windy weather, we thought it would be nice to have something he could use to help protect his skin or repair it.
And yes, I'm a huge jerk for making you wait until today to see that one little modification.
What do I think of this? Look at how fluffy the product remains, even with that zinc oxide in it! It goes on lovely - but very white.
Some of you might be asking what the SPF of this product would be because zinc oxide is a physical sunscreen. It isn't any SPF. We can't and won't make our own sunscreen around here. Heck, we're pushing the boundaries of what we can say about a product by saying that it might repair chapped skin!