How Zinc Benefits Your Skin

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7 Anti-Aging 'Beauty' Minerals That Will Help To Boost Your Immune System And Improve The Overall Health Of Your Skin.

Having beautiful, radiant skin may be merely a vanity goal —but most of us have an innate understanding that our skin is a reflection of our inner physical bodies. And that the quality of our skin can determine how healthy we are, how we're feeling emotionally, and if we have any nutrient deficiencies.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the skin is referred to as the “outer liver”. They see the skin as our primary detoxification organ linked directly to the liver. They've known for centuries that the skin is a reflection of our internal health. Most TCM practitioners use Face Mapping to help them figure out what's going on with their patient’s health.


So, it goes without saying that no matter how committed you are to your skincare regime, your inner health actually plays a more important role in how your skin looks. And being deficient in certain nutrients will always show up in your face.

Out of all the 'beauty nutrients' on the Skin Food list, there are several very important elements that often get forgotten —minerals. When it comes to skin health, vitamins A, C, all of the B's and Omega's tend get all of the glory. However, minerals are highly beneficial too —and not just for the health of your skin but also your immune system.

How Minerals Promote Healthy Skin:

  • Protect against environmental stressors

  • Anti-inflammatory & antibacterial properties

  • Vital for healthy cell division

  • Help maintain moisture levels

  • Facilitate enzyme function

  • Promote proper nerve and muscle function

  • Responsible for immune activity

  • Aid cell renewal

  • Regulate tissue growth

  • Encourage wound healing

  • Balance hormones


Primarily zinc protects your immune system by encouraging the growth of white blood cells that fight off bacteria, infections and viruses.

But, it is also one of the most important minerals for the skin and should not be overlooked when it comes to your anti-aging skin goals for these reasons;

  • Zinc has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from UV damage —this is why you find it in mineral sunscreens. These antioxidant properties also protect the skin against oxidative stress that causes premature aging of the skin and muscles.

  • It is necessary for collagen production; collagen keeps our skin youthful, plump and strong.

  • Zinc is vital for healthy cell division (mitosis) —the reproduction of healthy new cells.

  • Your hair and nails need zinc to generate strong cells as they rapidly reproduce. A zinc deficiency will most notably result in slow-growing hair and splitting, weak nails.

  • Zinc also helps promote liver detoxification, which we know from TCM and Face Mapping is a major factor in healthy skin.

  • Zinc boosts the effectiveness of topical retinol (vitamin A) treatments.

Acne & other skin disorders

  • Zinc has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can gradually kill off acne-causing bacteria with fewer potential side effects than other acne treatments. It can also help to balance excessive oil production in the skin

  • A 2012 study in the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology found that oral zinc supplements were effective for inflammatory and bacterial forms of acne

  • Dermatologists may combine treatments of zinc, vitamin E, and selenium to treat acne vulgaris —the most common form of acne

  • The first manifestations that appear under zinc deficiency are skin defects such as dermatitis, alopecia, acne, eczema, dry, and scaling skin

DIETARY SOURCES: Brazil nuts, pine nuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews. Sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds & sesame seeds. Red meat, liver, shellfish. Legumes like chickpeas, lentils & beans. Milk, cheese, eggs & soy foods. Whole grains like wheat, quinoa, rice & oats.

*Plant sources of zinc like legumes & whole grains contain high amounts of zinc, however, they also contain phytic acid, which reduces its absorption. Processing methods like heating, soaking or sprouting can enhance bioavailability.


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