Zinka Zinc Oxide Sunblock

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zinka zinc oxide sunblockIf you grew up in the 80s, you may remember Zinka, the colored zinc oxide sunblock that lifeguards wore on their nose, and trendy teenagers wore on their faces. I loved Zinka cause it smelled like coconuts and I had this hot pink lip balm I used to wear to the beach. I can’t say I was bold enough to wear the colored sunblock on my nose, or under my eyes, but I still owned some that I would play around with. Imagine my delight when I saw Zinka was back in the stores (at a beach shop in Hawaii) 20 years later!!! I quickly grabbed their Colored Nosecoat in Pink, and it still has that famous coconut smell! Again, I haven’t worn it out yet to the beach, but maybe I will soon if I get brave… I should start the trend all over again!

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Even though a lot of advances have been made in the world of sunblock in the past 20 years, I still think
Zinc Oxide is best sunblock ingredient. Nowadays Zinc Oxide is micronized, so that it’s nearly invisible on the skin, and Zinka does have a new water-resistant sunblock that goes on clear. I haven’t tried it yet, but want to. However, their waterproof Colored Nosecoats (as seen in the picture) are not micronized, so they go on opaque. I am curious how much better that protects you than the clear Zinc Oxide, but I don’t think too many people want to walk around with a face full of pink or purple or green sunblock. For now, I guess the best solution is to use micronized Zinc Oxide, and let your kids learn the importance of sunblock by letting them play around with the colored versions. If I was a surfer or had to spend the day in the hot sun, I probably would be brave and slather on the hot pink Zinka!! Would you wear colored sunblock if it was the most effective sunblock available?

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21 Responses to “Zinka Zinc Oxide Sunblock”

  1. Loretta Says:

    I remember being at Sea World and begging my mom to let me wear bright blue sunblock on my face!! “Use the regular sunblock please” blah blah blah -lol-

    I use sunblock all the time and so do my kids, I’m sure they’d love this stuff. I know I did when I was their age.

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  4. Madeline Dempster Says:

    Where can I find colored Zinka for my lips or similar colored zinc oxide products for lips? I’ve been looking for years.

  5. Dee Says:

    I loved this stuff as a kid, and living in Oz at the time we wore it all the time in tons of different coloured stripes and patterns on our faces!! Its excellent for mole coverage as its means that you can see when you need topping up! Brings back the best memories!!

  6. Elizabeth Says:

    I too am looking for colored Zinka for my lips. Can you tell me where i can purchase it?

  7. Donna Says:

    where can i buy Zinka colored zinc oxide

  8. Jackson Says:

    You can find Zinka at most all local surfshops! They also have their own website

  9. jen Says:

    I thought micronized made it more of a problem for free radicals

  10. Claire Says:

    The best place to get Zinka on line is they have all the great colours and its next day delivery!

  11. Zinka South Says:

    oohh and the flesh colour is great for lips if you want that look

  12. Tania Says:

    I think that coloured zinc just may be coming back into fashion. I have noticed that the sydney girl’s soccer team seem to wear zinc, but rather than going flouro they seem to spread it on extremely thinly. It looks quite sexy.

  13. Em Says:

    Hi, Sydney FC’s Leena Khamis and a number of other team members wear zinc for their outdoor venues. I’m not sure whether it’s a pale white or blue, but agree it does look quite stunning.

    I think that tan colors are great however makers of zinc (including Zinka) should make their products less flouro. You can blend it down with white, but it’s a lot of messing around.

    Invisible zinc, I don’t see the point. Colors are great, it’s fun and looks beautiful.

  14. Debbie Says:


    I stumbled on this thread. I like zinc but I don’t like the way the soccer girls are using it. It looks too functional and nothing to do with fashion (sorry). Applying zinc to your nose and cheeks in one blg block looks messy. This is how it used to be done in the 80s and why I believe it went out of fashion.

    I like to apply to my cheeks only or a simple stripe down my nose.


  15. Shell Says:

    I’m an aussie girl. Agree with Debbie that if you are going to stand out and wear zinc you should at least do it in a nice shape. I like nose stripes or even just lips. But I do wear tan colour every now and then. White is still my favourite.

    Luv this discussion!!!!!!!!

  16. JT Says:

    Hi Jeni (from one to another :)

    Firstly you’re gorgeous ….. just had to say that!

    Love your comment about not being brave enough to wear zinc on your nose or under your eyes. I used to be the same. The difference is how it’s applied. Pink and white zinc can be spread thinly and be just as protective. And it gives an amazing look. I wouldn’t wear it to work but in the sun/beach/pool zinc is just part of my wardrobe.

    Really enjoy your site. Have only just discovered it.

    xxx Jen

  17. Samantha Says:

    I remember one of the hottest ever Elle Macpherson pics was with yellow zinc cream on her nose on a beach.

    I don’t wear zinc cream on my nose but I do wear pink zinc cream as lipstick. Sometimes the flesh coloured zinc cream too.

  18. Maryelle Says:

    I googled this forum looking to buy white zinc cream which is not easy to buy in the uk. I had never considered using zinc cream to be fashionable. Being a 40 something naturist I just put it on my nose and nipples but now I am going to consider a nice shape or even a new colour. Love the idea of using pink zinc as a lipstick :)

  19. Kellie Says:

    Using zinc/zinka too much for fashion can cause problems.

    In the eighties my girlfriends and I would cover our noses in zinc more to have fun than protect ourselves. Sun protection is a huge issue, so if girls are applying zinc to their cheeks only it leaves the nose totally exposed.

    I like zinc and I wear zinc in the sun, but my nose and top parts of my cheeks are covered.

    To maryelle above, if you are needing to cover your privates in zinc why not cover yourself in clothing? Nudism in this day and age is ridiculous when we know what we know about sun damage.

  20. Debbie Says:

    Hi again,

    I think zinc will remain a novelty for most young girls which I think is good. Models such as Lara Bingle still use pink and blue zinc, but Elle Macpherson and Megan Gale are now using invisible or more nude styles which is disappointing.


  21. Keela Says:

    Thank you for this topic.

    I would have never thought about using zinc before and now I am using all sorts of colors all the time and so are my friends.

    My favorite color is purple.

    Lots of love from Keela

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