Diamonds and Minerals are a Girl’s Best Friend

When we think about our body, we usually think about our skin, hair, and how we’re feeling at the moment. We rarely think about all of the things that go into making the magic happen. We adorn ourselves with jewelry to reflect our personality made up of all of the magnificent metals and minerals that we also have on the inside and utilize to make our body function properly.   

In addition to our bangles and baubles, we also want to apply a layer of minerals, like zinc oxide, on our skin to prevent sun damage. Similar to your over-the-counter sunscreen, your body utilizes metal oxides to protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Of the eight minerals mentioned below, zinc, selenium, and copper are of utmost importance for healthy skin.

Zinc

Function: Prevents acne. Helps to heal wounds. Needed for cell repair and production of DNA, RNA, and enzymes.

Food sources: Oysters, crab, red meat, liver, poultry, oats, quinoa, rye, nuts and seeds

S4 Skincare source: Simplified SPF 30 contains 13.5% zinc oxide which is a UVA/UVB physical sunscreen, substantially reflecting light and repairing damage.

Selenium

Function: Preserves elasticity of tissue. Prevents damage to DNA and cell membranes from UV radiation and oxygen radicals, including sunburns and tanning. It is an important antioxidant and deficiency may lead to premature aging.

Food sources: Whole grains, fish, red meat, eggs, brazil nuts, Swiss chard

Copper

Function: Improves the wound healing process. Resides in keratinocytes. Offers anti-inflammatory protection. Stimulates collagen and elastin formation.

Food sources: Oysters, liver, oats, nuts, shiitake mushrooms, sesame seeds

S4 Skincare source: Mighty Infusion contains Copper Tripeptide-1 which promotes the production of fibroblasts (collagen-generating cells). Helps to decrease wrinkles and improve skin thickness.

Calcium

Function: Builds and maintains bones and teeth. A deficiency is associated with eczema and brittle nails. Calcium also plays a role in maintaining skin hydration and regulating UV-blocking pigmentation.

Food sources: Kale, almonds, parsley, dairy, dried figs, sesame seeds

S4 Skincare source: Brightening Bar contains Calcium Ascorbate which is a salt of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). This potent antioxidant is chemically stable and quickly absorbed into the skin.

Iron

Function: Promotes oxygenation of blood, a healthy immune system, and energy production. Skin, your body’s largest organ, needs a constant supply of oxygen to remain healthy. Excess iron, however, can increase pigmentation, leading to dark spots.

Food sources: Clams, liver, red meat, shrimp, beans, spinach

S4 Skincare source: SPF 30 contains Phytic Acid. This multi-functional ingredient works as a chelator, blocking the absorption of iron and other metals to counter the formation of melanin thereby leading to lighter skin. As a source of phosphorus, it also helps in repairing DNA damage caused by sun exposure.

wordswag_1479190150989Potassium

Function: Balances and distributes water throughout the body which keeps the skin moist.

Food sources: Avocado, lima beans, potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, cantaloupe, peaches

S4 Skincare source: Chiara and Mighty Infusion contain Potassium Sorbate. Found in berries, this is commonly used in food as a preservative and sweetener. It assists in preventing the growth of mold, fungi, and yeast.

Silicon/Silica

Function: Promotes tissue firmness. Strengthens hair, skin and nails. Maintains skin elasticity. Prevents free radical damage.

Food sources: Whole, unrefined grains

S4 Skincare source: Simplified Facial Moisturizer contains Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate. A silica-based clay composed of minerals. We use it as a thickening agent.

Sulfur

Function: On skin, sulfur provides exfoliative and antibacterial effects. It acts by drying off the top layer of skin, allowing it to be easily removed from clogged pores. Sulfur inhibits the growth of P. acnes, further lessening inflammation. High concentrations of sulfur are found in joints, hair, skin, and nails.

Food sources: Egg yolks, beans, whole grains, garlic, onions, brussels sprouts, cabbage

The next time you’re choosing jewelry for a night out, think about how many of those metals and minerals you can find on the restaurant menu.

 

Stay in touch,

Shelley

p.s.

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