Zinc - Chemical Element and How it Benefits your Skin
ZINC - Chemical Element
A diamagnetic metal with a blue-tinged white lustrous appearance.
It's a hard, slightly brittle metal at most temperatures and has a silvery-greyish appearance when oxidation is removed. Between 100 and 150 °C it becomes malleable. It also has low melting and boiling points in comparison to most metals.
- Zinc is a chemical element
- Symbol: Zn
- Atomic Number: 30
- Standard atomic weight: 65.38
- Appearance: silver grey solid
- HCP Crystal Structure: Hexagonal close-packed
- Melting point: 419.53 °C
- Boiling point: 907 °C
Benefits for your Skin
Zinc is an essential aspect of our skin. The epidermis (outer layer of your skin) has 5 x the amount of Zinc than the layer beneath it. Zinc helps heal your skin from injury and damage, so this concentration in the epidermis speeds up your healing processes.
It keeps the surrounding area of a wound clean and moist whilst simultaneously supplying extra zinc to facilitate repair.
It's also necessary to stabilise cell walls, for cell division and for them to specialise as they grow.
Zinc alone has shown to protect skin from UV damage due to the way it behaves with other metals in your body such as copper and iron, acting like an antioxidant.
As such, a zinc deficiency can lead to and fuel skin conditions like eczema.
Find out about the differences between Zinc and Zinc Oxide here.
Find out about Zinc Oxide - Chemical Compound here.