Zinnia: Hair, Skin and Nails.
Zinnia Hair, Skin & Nails provides a spectrum of key vitamins, minerals and other evidence-based, natural ingredients which can support vital aspects of healthy hair, skin and nails. Support beauty from the inside out. Use Zinnia Hair, Skin & Nails along with your cosmetic products, and get ready to look amazing.
We all want to look our best, which is why we use so many topical cosmetic products for our hair, skin and nails. While such products can certainly play a role in improving our appearance, that is also their limitation. Cosmetic products don’t actually affect the structure or function of our hair, skin, and nails. There is, however, something that can.
Zinnia Hair, Skin & Nails provides a spectrum of key vitamins, minerals and other evidence-based, natural ingredients which can support vital aspects of healthy hair, skin, and nails.
Support beauty from the inside out. Use Zinnia Hair, Skin & Nails along with your cosmetic products and get ready to look amazing.
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Vitamin C’s importance for healthy skin is under-scored by the fact that this nutrient is needed for the production of collagen. Furthermore, research in over 4,000 women (40–74 years) revealed that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance and senile dryness (dryness as a result of aging). Vitamin C is also a strong antioxidant and protects skin cells and cells throughout our body from oxidative damage.
Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Pantothenic Acid
Reduced levels of niacin (as niacinamide) and pantothenic acid can contribute to the under-nourishment of hair follicle cells. In addition, these two B vitamins and vitamin B6 are intimately involved in the function of the nervous system. In fact, the ability of humans to respond to stresses can be influenced by nutritional status—including the status of key B vitamins. Because stress is associated with slower or delayed wound healing, it can make it more difficult to recover from insults to the “soft tissues”, including skin. Hence, supplementation with B vitamins may play a vital role in helping to counter the negative effects of stress on skin.
Symptoms of biotin deficiency include hair loss, which is probably why biotin is often considered to be an important nutrient to promote healthy hair. Although overt biotin deficiency has been considered to be rare, research suggests that marginal biotin deficiency may be more common than previously thought. For example, evidence indicates that approximately half of the pregnant women in the USA are marginally biotin-deficient, despite a normal dietary biotin intake. In addition, research examining the effects of biotin supplementation (2,500 mcg/day for up to six months) in women with brittle fingernails found that fingernail thickness increased by 25% and splitting decreased after biotin supplementation.
Zinc is a mineral necessary for healing. Research suggests that people with acne might have lower serum and skin zinc levels, and most clinical trials suggest that zinc can improve acne. Zinc is essential for DNA and RNA production, which, in turn, leads to normal hair follicle cell division. Zinc is also responsible for helping to stabilize cell membrane structures and assists in the breakdown and removal of free radicals.
Case studies have indicated that selenium deficiency can lead to poor hair growth. Furthermore, when used with other antioxidants, selenium has been shown to improve skin density and thickness (measures of younger skin), as well as decreased skin scaling and roughness. Other research in which selenium was used with other antioxidants showed a reduction in UV damage to skin.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a natural substance with antioxidant activity that can scavenge free radicals both inside and outside of cells. The book, The Wrinkle Cure, recommends supplementation with ALA as part of a strategy for maintaining healthy skin and reducing the potential for wrinkles. Also, ALA works synergistically with other anti-oxidants in the skin to reduce the damaging, inflammatory effects of UV radiation.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is a naturally occurring poly-saccharide chain found in the extracellular matrix of tissues and body fluids. The largest amount (approximately 50%) of HA in our body resides in skin tissue. When the amounts of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the skin tissues decrease due to aging, the water retention and resilience of skin will be lost, thereby causing rough skin and fine wrinkles. In clinical research supplementation with HA, it was found to improve skin moisture and smooth-ness in the overwhelming majority of women tested. The HA also made the skin feel soft due to its ability to retain moisture in the extra cellular matrix (ECM) in the dermis layer of the skin.
Grape Seed Extract
Grape seed extract contains oligomeric pro-antho-cyanidins (OPCs), shown in research to be a powerful antioxidant and used to help maintain a balanced inflammatory response. In human clinical research, grape seed extract along with zinc and other antioxidants (e.g., vitamin C) helped improve skin wrinkles, sagging, under eye circles and overall appearance. Other human research also showed that supplementation with grape seed extract helped improve mottled pigmentation.
Silica (Silicon dioxide)
Silicon is a trace mineral that is found in the body. Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is a form of silicon present in foods. There is evidence that silicon plays a role in the forma-tion of collagen, a connective tissue found in hair, skin and nails. In human research, supplementation with silicon resulted in smoother, less wrinkled skin and a reduction in skin roughness. Bamboo stem extract is a rich source of silica and used in this formulation.
Gelatin, Collagen & Elastin Peptides
Gelatin is a source of type 1 collagen, which represents 80% of all the collagen in the body. Research shows supplementation stimulates the body’s production of collagen. Human clinical research has shown that supplementation with gelatin resulted in a statistically significant increase in the amount of moisture in the skin of people with dry, loose, scaly or rough skin. Like collagen, elastin is also a protein found in connective tissue. Elastin is elastic and allows body tissues to resume their shape after stretching or contracting. It is necessary for healthy skin.