The Benefits of Zinc
One of our favourite green beauty ingredients, zinc is an essential mineral necessary for an array of physiological functions in the body. From assisting in healthy immune functioning to the regulation of gene expression, zinc plays an equally important role in sustaining a healthy complexion. Best consumed both topically and internally through natural skincare and a diet rich in zinc-containing foods, below we divulge the benefits of zinc on both wellness and skin.
Zinc & our wellbeing
When it comes to our overall wellbeing, zinc is a vital component in the body’s everyday functioning. If deficient, a number of issues may arise due to the impairment of genetic activity, a key bodily function imperative to overall health. Responsible for controlling genetic activity, zinc’s role is to assists each cell’s nucleus in transmitting and interpreting instructions from one another, a function that if disturbed, may be misinterpreted or not read at all. The dysfunctional aspect of this possibility can lead to all sorts of ailments: from a compromised immune system and most significantly, a decrease in the production of the hormone insulin. Insulin is required to assist with the movement of sugar from our bloodstream to our cells, necessary for sustaining stable blood sugar levels and a healthy metabolic rate. When this function is disturbed, erratic and unstable blood sugar levels concur, resulting in an unbalanced appetite, lethargy, weight issues, fatigue and irritability.
Zinc & our skin
Assisting in the formation of proteins and cell membranes – the precursors to a healthy, youthful glow – zinc is most widely known for its amazing healing, astringent properties and anti-inflammatory benefits*. What’s more, several studies indicate that dietary zinc may contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of acne, just as effectively as antibiotics such as tetracyclines*, but without the negative (drying!) consequences on the texture of our skin, let alone our gut health.
In addition, Zinc has been found to encourage the production of collagen fibers and elastin, both which help support the underlying structure of the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. Working as an aid to collagen production, adequate levels of zinc significantly reduce free radicals, a direct result of oxidative stress caused by unavoidable external environmental factors such as pollution and harmful UV rays. Through strengthening the skin matrix, zinc additionally assists in the prevention of rosacea and the onset of dry and itchy skin, a common condition in the damp and dark winter months. Living Libation's Everybody Loves the Sunshine with Zinc is a handcrafted formula that masterly mixes a bouquet of harmonising, natural ingredients to keep your sun-kissed skin smooth and gently glowing. Made with 20% uncoated zinc oxide, it reflects the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them, providing a natural sunshade from UVA and UVB rays without any chemicals or synthetics. Moreover, with its blend of oils it is a very protective from city living alike sunshine whether it is one the beach or the slopes.
One of the difficulties with zinc is that it is not so easily absorbed when applied topically to the skin. This is why it is important to view the incorporation of zinc into your skin and wellbeing regime in a holistic guise, ensuring your diet is full of zinc-rich foods in addition to your topical treatment of choice. Read on for a skin-healing, acne reducing day on a plate to kick-start your love of this mighty mineral:
Breakfast: Gluten free oats with pumpkin seed butter, cinnamon and a drizzle of raw honey.
Lunch: Flaxseed crackers with hummus and a raw rainbow salad.
Dinner: Salmon, wilted spinach and sweet potato ‘fries’ baked in coconut oil.
Dessert: A couple squares of dark chocolate and a handful of blueberries.