True life: I’m a sucker for glowy skin. Radiance is something that I find incredibly attractive, natural or man made. A good highlighter is easily in my top three all-time favorite, must-have beauty products list. So when I read this article on xoJane wherein Jane Pratt promised sexy, glowy, illuminated skin, on the cheap, in 5 days, I KNEW I had to get my investigative journalist on and test out her methods. This is my week with zinc.

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The Protocol:

Paraphrasing from this xoJane article…

Day 1: Take 1 50mg zinc tablet with meal, preferably breakfast or lunch.

Day 2: Same as day 1

Day 3: Reduce amount to 1/2 tablet–too MUCH zinc can make you red and hot–and not in the good way–apparently.

Day 4: Same as day 3

Day 5: GLOW!

My Experience:

Day 1: Literally nothing different.

Day 2: My skin DID look a little more radiant…but it was because I went HAM on my cheekbones with my fav highlighter. What can I say? I’m impatient. Seriously though, not much change yet.

Day 3: On day three, you’re supposed to halve your zinc dosage to 25mg in an attempt to avoid the aforementioned zinc redness. I chomped the tablet between my two front teeth–because who needs a pill splitter–took one half, and saved the other for day four’s dose. I saw a little brightening by day three (similar to a really good post-workout glow, minus the pink), but the results were subtle!

Day 4: You’d think that since day 4 is the last day I’m actually supposed to be TAKING zinc, I’d be pretty glowy by now. Am I? Nope. In an attempt to maximize my radiance potential, I go rogue and take an entire tablet instead of the prescribed half dose. Such a little rebel! We’ll see if I regret this come tomorrow.

Day 5: Today’s the day, guys! I wake up super excited too see if I’ve attained the lit-from-within glow that’s been promised to me. At the very least, I’m fairly certain that I can thank this week’s zinc supplementation for keeping me healthy–everyone around here is sick! I’m not, though, and I love zinc because of it. But what about my skin?! I tiptoe into our bathroom and flip on the light, trying to keep my expectations for this five day beauty experiment in check. Result: GLOW. Yes, seriously! My skin somehow looks just a little better. Healthier. Radiant. No rogue breakouts. It’s almost to the point where I could ditch my makeup, or at the very least, my beloved bronzer and highlighter duo. Success!

So, my week with zinc? A total success. My skin was supple, clear, and all around better. The xoJane piece that inspired this post recommended using this five-day zinc routine as a power-up for sexy, glowing event skin, but with results like this, I’m tempted to keep things going indefinitely! Instead of daily pill popping, though, (because according to this article, long-term zinc supplementation can cause mineral imbalance–yikes!) I’m going to take extra effort to consume zinc-containing foods like raw cashews, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and dark chocolate. Then, when a big event rolls around, I’ll totally revert to this  method. Simple, cheap, and effective.


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2 comments on “Naturally Glowy Skin: My Week With Zinc”

  1. Just wanted to say thanks so much for including my article in this beautifully written article about one of my favorite (but also carefully rationed) minerals! It really is a great idea to do the 4 days right before an event! I think I have to remember that one!

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