Is there another mineral out there doing the most? We zinc not! Zinc is a trace mineral we only need in small amounts, yet it’s vital for almost 100 functions, including wound healing, taste and smell. But because we are vain, we are also interested in how it can make us look our best, so read on to get the DL.
Zinc oxide is the only physical sun filter to offer broad-spectrum UV protection by reflecting the light and creating an effective barrier against short and long UVA and UVB rays. Remember, “a” for aging and “b” for burning. And trust us, you want both your bases covered.
EltaMD UV Clear is our bestselling sunscreen that utilizes 9% zinc—one of the highest percentages on the market—and 7.5% octinoxate. This combo means all of the benefits of zinc without the white cast. If you find zinc drying, reach for the Mara Sea Kale Sunscreen Serum. The lush oil serum has a plush, hydrating glide so rich, you may find yourself skipping moisturizer.
Taking zinc orally has a myriad of benefits including lessening inflammation and improving inflammatory skin conditions like pimples.
The iconic 8 greens effervescent daily tablet contains as much zinc as six cups of raw peas, all in one easy to swallow dose. Zitsticka Skin Discipline is specifically formulated to target breakouts with a cutting-edge cap-in-cap technology to keep specific ingredients separate.
Topically, zinc’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce the swelling, redness, and scarring associated with acne. These formulas utilize the mineral to treat and prevent breakouts.
Goldfaden Facial Detox Clarify + Clear Mask combines zinc with sulfur and camphor for a creamy white masking moment that unclogs pores and gently exfoliates. The Pai All Becomes Clear Blemish Serum is a go-to for those with angry, under-the-skin bumps, hormonal breakouts, and anyone else who can’t tolerate stronger actives like retinol or benzoyl peroxide (we’re looking at you pregnant friends). Combining zinc with the antibacterial copaiba resin, the lightweight formula is a heavy hitter.
Zinc is a time-honored ingredient for soothing inflamed skin. We like it for everything from post-procedure to eczema to diaper rash.
The Bynacht Post Laser and Procedure Ultra Repair Serum does exactly what it says in its name—namely, restore and replenish inflamed or irritated skin that’s been compromised by any dermatological procedures. Looking for something for your littles? May we recommend the Mini Bloom Toot Toot Balm to salve sore bottoms.
Last but not least, zinc does wonders for an itchy flaky scalp and limp locks.
The Lernberger Stafsing Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps relies on zinc along with copper and magnesium to strengthen the scalp and relieve tightness and itchiness. The Virtue Full Shampoo harnesses zinc’s purported abilities to strengthen existing stands and prevent hair fall out alongside alpha keratin and hydrolyzed quinoa for more body-ody-ody.