Zinc is an important mineral ion that can contribute to the health of your skin and acts as a key regulator of many genetic activities. It also has key roles in supporting your immune function and insulin levels. From a skin care perspective, it is a key mineral required by the body to produce collagen, whilst also acting as an anti-inflammatory, astringent and healing agent. It is found in high concentration in seafood, especially oysters and spinach.
There is evidence that a low zinc level can increase your risk of developing acne. This is thought to be related to zinc’s ability to limit oil secretion by skin pores. Zinc is also known to increase the production of collagen fibres and elastin which help support the underlying structure of the skin. Zinc also helps in the healing of tissue and reduces scarring.
Even though Zinc is poorly absorbed by the skin, there have been breakthroughs in cosmetic science which allow zinc to be chelated to amino acids such as glycine. This greatly improves zinc absorption into the skin within zinc- glycine compounds. By applying Zinc to the skin directly you ensure your skin receives a sufficient amount of this crucial mineral.
Zinc acts in multiple ways which can help the skin condition and your overall complexion by aiding skin repair, reducing free radicals and improving acne.