What role does ZINC have in the longevity of your anti-wrinkle injectables treatments?
The One Nutrient You Can’t Neglect After Anti-Ageing and Wrinkle Reduction Treatments
Injectable treatments can enhance your features and reduce wrinkles, with very little downtime (and often, hardly any downtime) from your daily routines. This will depend, of course, on your body’s healing capacities, your skin health and the skill of your injector as well as what areas of your face or lips you’re having injected.
Once you have had your anti-wrinkle treatment from facial fillers or other methods, the next question to ask is how you can make the results last longer. And the answer may have a lot to do with proper post-treatment care as well as pre-treatment and post-treatment NUTRITION. That’s because your skin is your body’s largest organ, meaning your eating routines tend to have a major impact on your skin’s health and appearance.
Your skin’s health, in turn, has great impact on the capacity of your skin to respond well to your anti-ageing treatments including injectables.
The answer to long-lasting fillers and other Injectable Treatments is to consider how the skin may be strengthened from within.
How Zinc Affects You and Your Skin After Injectables Treatments for Wrinkles
Although there are many different nutrients that are important for healthy, smooth looking skin, one of the most important ones is zinc (Zn).
You may not know much about zinc except that it is often found in lozenges for colds or sore throats – but there’s a lot more to know about this amazing mineral.
The Presence of Zinc in Skin Identifies Its Importance
One interesting fact about ZINC is that your skin’s top layers’ epidermal cells have FIVE TIMES more ZINC than the bottom dermal layers.
That zinc appears to be there for a good reason – if there’s any damage or inflammation in the skin – your primary protective organ for all the internal organs – ZINC (Zn) is one of the most important nutrients critical to your skin’s repair.
It’s essential for everything from reducing inflammation responses to helping start the production of new skin cells to help your skin layers to start healing right away.
Read our blog “Food Sources That Have the Highest Zinc Contents” (including Promegranate fruits).
What are the Functions of Zinc in Skin and Your Body?
Below are some of the primary functions of ZINC in your body and how it can help your skin to look it’s healthiest best.
1. Zinc helps boost your immune system responses.
Zinc is one of the minerals that discourages bacterial, viral, and fungal growth in the body.
The importance of these functions of zinc, in relation to encouraging healthier skin, is that zinc can help prevent pimples, acne and infections. These are often nasty reminders that what we are doing isn’t working for our skin, usually a combination of the wrong skin care products, poor nutrition, hormonal changes or various types of systemic inflammation.
A recent study found that improving ZINC levels in elderly adults did appear to boost T-cell numbers and immune response activity.
2. Brings New Youthful Cells to the Surface
The regulation of cell turnover depends on zinc.
As you age, the turnover time of your skin cells becomes a lot slower.
When you are young, you can sometimes see results from new skin care products in just a few weeks time. This is not the case when you are older.
Some of this slowing down of cell turnover may due to lower levels of the mineral zinc (zinc levels often become diminished as people age). This is also why many studies that examine different skin care products aim to test these products for a minimum of 8 weeks or longer, and preferably at least 12 weeks.
3. Prevents Wrinkles
Zinc assists antioxidants by preventing new free radicals from damaging your skin. This means zinc is essentially preventing wrinkle formation at the molecular level.
4. Collagen Formation and Skin Protection
Skin fibroblasts and fats, which are important in the production of collagen, are protected from sun damage and toxins such as pollution with zinc. This may translate to clearer looking skin, simply because your skin hasn’t accumulated a lot of toxins.
5. Metabolic Functions
Over 300 enzymes in the body depend on the mineral ZINC.
If you’re lacking in energy during the day, it’s possible that feeling may potentially be due to a zinc deficiency – ask your Medical Professional to check your blood serum levels and screen for other factors that are linked with fatigue, however – and if you take zinc supplements, be sure you don’t go overboard.
It’s easy to ask your doctor to order a blood test to find out what your zinc status is in the body. Whilst you’re at it, get your vitamin D and iron levels checked.
The sooner you know if you need more of this mineral either through your eating choices or nutrition plus mineral supplements, the easier your skin care routines – and overall fitness regimes – will be.
Regular skin care routines means more consistent results with your skin PLUS if you have good nutrition, you’ll find most of your daily activities are easier to perform.
6. Stability for Cell Membranes
The more stable your cell membranes become, the greater your ability will be to ward off potential ‘foreign invaders’ trying their best to get into your cells. Zinc strengthens the cell membranes and may help protect you from unwanted cellular invasions from toxins or harmful cells.
7. Wound Healing is improved by ZINC
Zinc is stored in enzymes such as superoxide dismutase (an important antioxidant for skin) and RNA/DNA polymerase.
Zinc storage is so crucial to your body’s well being that there’s even a special metal-binding zinc storage protein called metallothionein (MT) – directly in your skin.
Injection healing and enzyme interactions
The advantage of this ‘zinc-binding protein’ is that once a wound, incision or injection occurs, the zinc becomes available to the enzymes in the skin so they can get to work – producing new skin cells to close up the open area.
Zinc is often an ingredient in topical skin preparations, too.
For example, sunscreens use ingredients that may combine zinc with titanium. Both sun screens and sun block creams are very protective. They can help deflect UVB rays and prevent further sun-damage. However, it is best to avoid the sun and wear protective clothing as well as use high-quality sun blocks that contain zinc or zinc with titanium.
The zinc stays on the top layers of the skin and helps prevents UVB sun damage.
What are Zinc Deficiency Signs?
Zinc deficiency clearly affects the skin, hair and nails. Having too little zinc in your diet and cells is also linked with dermatitis, diarrhoea and even hair loss.
Pigmentation changes in the skin and hair, slowing of the growth of hair and nails as well as skin sores all point to the possibility that there might be low levels of zinc in the body, i.e. zinc deficiency, that should be remedied with professional care.
Vegetarians may have a harder time getting enough ZINC in their daily nutrition regimes
It’s a lot harder to get your daily requirement of 8 mg zinc (the zinc requirement for an adult woman) if you’re a vegetarian than if you’re a meat eater, but there are other foods that are high in zinc.
Two favorite ZINC loaded food sources for vegetarians or vegans are AVOCADOS and POMEGRANATES.
Vegetarians may need 50% more zinc in their diet to insure they get enough.
For people who consume meat, darker skinned chicken and turkey legs and thighs, along with fish, tend to be highest in zinc, and zinc is found in a bound form in many plant foods.
Discuss zinc supplementation or topical ointments containing zinc with your plastic surgeon. He will support you in whatever can be done nutritionally for your skin to make your anti-wrinkle treatments last longer.
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