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Skincare science: Should you be using zinc in your skincare routine?

By Fiona Embleton

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Zinc is known as an immune booster when taken orally. But does this mineral deserve a place in your skincare routine, too?

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In the skincare world, vitamin C is undoubtedly the favourite child. But in our rush to get vitamin C's brightening, collagen-boosting effects are we overlooking the benefits of another powerhouse ingredient? Georgie Cleeve, founder of nutritional skincare brand Oskia, certainly thinks so and has made the mineral zinc a core tenet of her products including the best-selling Get Up & Glow Energising Serum.

“Taken orally, zinc is key to the body’s everyday functioning as it ensures the genes within each cell transmit and interpret instructions from each other,” she explains. “Crucially, zinc also supports your immune function and insulin levels. From a skincare perspective, it’s a key mineral required by the body for the production of collagen and elastin. Applied topically, it also acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing agent, as well as a brilliant ingredient to treat acne due to its ability to regulate sebum production.”

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