The health-giving properties of ginseng have been documented for centuries as an essential ingredient of herbal medicine across East Asia.
The gnarly looking root’s rejuvenating qualities have made it just as important in skincare as it is in health and wellness for the women of Asia, who use it for its incredible anti-ageing qualities.
Ginseng bathhouses have been a mainstay of the beauty rituals of Korean women for hundreds of years. Young ladies from noble families used to bathe in ginseng water before their wedding to ensure their skin was refined and pure for their big day.
The humble herb is packed with phytonutrients, known to stimulate the skin’s metabolism and rid it of the free radicals after regular exposure to sunlight and environmental pollution and toxins.
It also increases the production of collagen in the skin’s dermis, firming, toning and plumping skin and diminishing wrinkles and fine lines. All in one little old root. And you no longer have to bathe in it to get the benefit of all its goodness, you can now, more conveniently, pick up a ginseng-infused beauty product off the shelf, take some supplements or drink it in a tea.
Read on for five reasons why you should be using the hero herb.
Research has found ginseng can inhibit the production of melanin, protecting the skin from the type of pigmentation caused by UV radiation, or sun damage. Moisturiser Erborian Ginseng Infusion Night cream can roll back the years by making the complexion look brighter, lighter and more youthful.
Ginseng roots and leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which get rid of dead cells to produce healthy new skin. Drinking ginseng tea regenerates skin cells by increasing oxygenation, improving blood circulation and detoxifying the blood, all of which contribute to healthy, glowing skin.
Ginseng’s ability to regenerate skin makes it helpful in treating everything from wounds to burns and other skin irritations. Its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to naturally balance oil production within the skin means it can help reduce acne outbreaks, as well as helping with conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis.
Diminishes dark circles
The same properties that fight against pigmentation make ginseng highly effective in lightening dark under-eye circles. Erborian Ginseng Infusion Total Eye Tensor Effect Eye Cream is enriched with extracts of Centella Asiatica and Ginseng and helps to visibly reduce puffiness, and dark circles for a radiant appearance.
Boosts lank locks
If you’re locks are lacking in lustre, Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo is a fortifying cleanser that will stimulate your scalp and give locks a boost. Ginseng encourages hair growth by stimulating blood flow to the scalp and improving the health of hair follicles and cells, minimising hair loss.