Why is zinc so important for skin health?

Why is zinc so important for skin health?

Are you struggling with itchy skin, eczema, rosacea or blemishes? Has your self-confidence taken a knock due to dry, dull skin?

Whether you're looking to soothe skin irritation or develop a healthy glow, studies show the powerful skin nutrient zinc can help!

What is Zinc?

Zinc is an abundant mineral in the human body, involved in hundreds of metabolic processes. Known as an essential mineral, zinc can't be synthesized or stored in the body. This means you need a consistent daily supply from dietary sources and/or supplementation.

While you don't require large amounts of zinc (it's a trace mineral), the signs of not consuming enough can show up in your largest organ, the skin.

Zinc for Healthy Skin

A significant portion of the body's available zinc is concentrated in the epidermis or upper skin layer. Your skin-barrier relies on this mineral; research shows people with slow wound healing, acne, eczema and dermatitis are typically low in zinc.

The results of a 2020 review study in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology found that zinc supplementation improves symptoms of acne, eczema and dermatitis.

So, how does it work?

Zinc is essential for proper cell growth and regeneration. Skin cells – or keratinocytes – are constantly shedding and regenerating, so optimal zinc levels ensure this turn over happens efficiently and that the new skin cells are healthy.

There are hundreds of zinc-dependent enzymatic reactions in the body. One such reaction is the synthesis and cross-linking of collagen, an abundant structural protein needed for skin hydration, strength and elasticity.

Zinc also has potent antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, making it fantastic for soothing skin infections and inflammatory conditions (think acne, rosacea and eczema). Plus, it protects skin cells from oxidative damage by scavenging cell-damaging free radicals from pollution, intense exercise and too much time in the sun.

Boosting Your Zinc Levels

Valuable sources of zinc include red meat, eggs, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. However, relying solely on dietary sources makes it tricky to get enough daily zinc – especially for vegans and vegetarians. That's where Lilium comes in!

Our all-natural supplement contains 11 different skin nutrients, including easily absorbed zinc gluconate. A convenient daily dose of Lilium provides 14mg of zinc, helping you achieve radiant, youthful and smooth skin from the inside out!

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