When you think of vitamins and minerals that can help your skin, zinc is unlikely to be too high on the list. But did you know that it is essential for cell growth and cell renewal?
Zinc offers a number of impressive benefits to the skin. At higher doses, zinc has been shown to improve the symptoms of acne and rosacea. But before you resort to diaper rash cream, you should remember that not all zinc is created equal!
Zinc vs 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 cream, calamine lotions, and some mineral makeup products.
On the other hand, zinc PCA (or “zinc salt”) has been hailed 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 magical ingredients in ours Copaiba and Zinc Blemish Serum. Zinc PCA is one of the few ingredients that is gentle on sensitive skin and yet very effective for conditions such as acne and rosacea.
You can also find zinc oxide in our UK Summer Time SPF30. This clever mineral acts as a physical protective shield to protect the skin from UVA and UVB light. We use non-nano zinc oxide which means the particles are not small enough to be absorbed or disrupt marine life.
How Can You Include More Zinc In Your Diet?
In addition to topical applications, a diet rich in zinc can help the body repair and rebalance the skin.
It is recommended that adult men consume at least 11 mg of zinc daily, while women should aim for 9 mg. But after a World Health Organization report, more than 30% of the world’s population are zinc deficient.
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 especially at risk of having low zinc levels as it is much more difficult to get the recommended daily allowance from vegetables. Vegetable-friendly, zinc-rich foods like beans and whole grains are also high in phytates, which are believed to limit the absorption of the zinc.
If you are concerned about your intake, it may be worth consulting a naturopath.