When you think of vitamins and minerals that can benefit your skin, it’s unlikely that zinc ranks too highly on the list. But did you know it’s essential for cell growth and renewal?
Zinc offers a number of impressive benefits for skin. In larger doses, zinc has even been shown to improve the symptoms of acne and rosacea. But before you reach for the nappy rash cream, it’s worth remembering that not all zincs are created equally!
Zinc vs zinc oxide for skin
Zinc is a safe ingredient and well tolerated by those with sensitive skin.
Unlike other derivatives of zinc (such as zinc PCA), zinc oxide is an inorganic substance, which is often added to products such as sun cream, nappy rash cream, calamine lotions and some mineral makeup.
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’s why it’s one of the magic ingredients in our Copaiba and Zinc Blemish Serum. Zinc PCA is one of the few ingredients that’s gentle on sensitive skin while still being very effective for conditions such as acne and rosacea.
You’ll also find Zinc Oxide in our British Summer Time SPF30. This clever mineral acts as a physical shield to protect skin from UVA and UVB light. We use non-nano Zinc Oxide which means the particles aren’t small enough to be absorbed or to interfere with ocean life.
How can you get more zinc into your diet?
Alongside topical applications, consuming a diet rich in zinc can provide the body with support to help repair and balance the skin.
It’s recommended that adult men consume at least 11 mg of zinc every day, while women should aim for 9 mg. But according to a report by the World Health Organisation, more than 30% of the world’s population is deficient in zinc.
Some good sources of zinc include 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 low levels of zinc as it’s much harder to get your recommended daily intake from vegetables. Veggie-friendly zinc-rich foods, such as beans and whole grains, are also high in phytates, which are thought to limit the absorption of the zinc.
If you’re concerned about your intake it may be worth consulting a naturopath.