When you think of vitamins and minerals that can benefit your skin, zinc is unlikely to be too high on the list. But did you know that it is important for cell growth and renewal?
Zinc offers a number of impressive skin benefits. In larger doses, zinc has even been shown to improve the symptoms of acne and rosacea. However, before you reach for the diaper cream, you should consider that not all tines are made in the same way!
Zinc against zinc oxide for the skin
Zinc is a safe ingredient and is well tolerated by people with sensitive skin.
Unlike other zinc derivatives (such as zinc PCA), zinc oxide is an inorganic substance that is often added to products such as sunscreen, diaper rash cream, calamine lotions and some mineral make-up.
On the other hand, zinc PCA (or “zinc salt”) was celebrated as a miracle cure for blemishes. This is due to its ability to reduce redness, protect collagen growth, and reduce excess oil.
That is why it is one of the magic ingredients in our Copaiba and Zinc Defect Serum . Zinc PCA is one of the few ingredients that protect sensitive skin and are still very effective for diseases such as acne and rosacea.
Zinc oxide can also be found in our British summer time SPF30. This clever mineral protects the skin from UVA and UVB light. We use non-nano zinc oxide, which means that the particles are not small enough to be absorbed or affect ocean life.
How can you include more zinc in your diet?
In addition to topical applications, eating a zinc-rich diet can help the body repair and balance the skin.
It is recommended that adult men consume at least 11 mg zinc daily, while women should aim for 9 mg. According to a report by the World Health Organization however, more than 30% of the world's population has a zinc deficiency.
Some good sources of zinc are red meat, poultry, oysters (which contain more zinc than any other food), beans, nuts and dairy products.
Vegetarians and vegans are particularly at risk of having a low zinc content because it is much more difficult to get the recommended daily intake from vegetables. Veggie-friendly zinc-rich foods like beans and whole grains are also rich in phytates, which are believed to limit zinc absorption.
If you are concerned about your admission, it may be worthwhile to consult a naturopath.