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The Benefits Of Zinc For The Skin.

Updated: Feb 3

Zinc is an essential mineral our bodies need to strengthen immune function, shorten the life of a cold, speed up the metabolism, and for DNA synthesis. Zinc has many proven benefits for our skin too! Making sure you have enough in your diet or as a supplement is key to healthy skin.

Zinc is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, wound healing effects, and it assists in regulation of sebum, which is the natural oil that is released from the skin. Zinc is especially beneficial for rapidly soothing and helping to clear inflammatory acne and related scarring. It helps heal and rejuvenate skin. The mineral lessens the formation of damaging free radicals that is caused when the skin when exposed to UV light, pollution and protects the skin's lipids and collagen, your skin's support structure. With so many benefits it is often used as a skincare ingredient.

Zinc also plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency. Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency. Those with zinc deficiencies may also feel sluggish and tired, and have difficulty controlling your weight, despite controlling your diet. From a skin that is prone to breakouts or a skin that is showing the signs of aging. Incorporating zinc as a daily ritual along with your prescribed home care will certainly promote optimum skin skin health.

Our bodies deplete zinc very quickly so it is a mineral that needs to be regularly consumed in our diet. It's easy with a broad diet to include zinc daily to improve immunity, blood sugar levels, and eye, heart and skin health. There are many vegetables that are rich sources of zinc including spinach, shiitake mushrooms, button, or crimini mushrooms, and asparagus. Other good vegetable sources for zinc are beet greens, summer squash, broccoli, green peas, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, sea greens, tomatoes and bok choy. Certain types of seafood are great sources of zinc, such as crab, lobster, and especially oysters but red meat and poultry provide a higher amount of zinc. There are also a number of nuts, herbs and seeds that provide zinc such as sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, cashews and parsley.

An easy recipe that includes zinc

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 apples

  • 1 cup baby spinach

  • 1 slice fresh ginger

  • For a wonderful smoothie add 1 to 2 cups of cashew or soy milk.

  • For extra zinc add sesame seeds or pumpkin seeds.

Blend well, and enjoy!

When next in at True Dermal Clinic ask us about the products we stock, such as the MediK 8 Physical Sunscreen and Mesoestetic Mineral Matt Fluid, which are very high in zinc. Applying zinc directly to your skin will give it so much more than essential UV protection, but a suite of other skincare benefits too!

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