Why you need to include Ginseng in your Skincare Routine
Those who follow Korean Dramas or Korean Lifestyle must have heard the word ‘Ginseng’ at least once. It is not simply an everyday herb in Korea but an active lifestyle choice- so much so, that it exists everywhere, in Korean food, drinks, cosmetics and even medicine. But what is this all-rounder herb and why are you seeing it in every skincare product lately? Allow us to answer.
Ginseng is a root typically harvested after six years of growing since that is when it is most potent. It resembles a little human or even an octopus but don’t let looks deceive you. This little root is endowed with nutritive properties and carries so many medicinal benefits that it has been a part of Asian traditional medicine and remedies for centuries. The herb is known for increasing circulation and boosting the body’s immune system. All this being said, the question that remains is, why you should include it in your skincare regimen. Ginseng is not just an old root that Korean Beauty brands are adding to their products. It has been more like a beauty secret passed down from one generation to the next. There are legends which say that ginseng was the secret to Hwang Jini’s (The most beautiful woman of Josen Dynasty) beauty.
The truth is that regardless of your skin type, ginseng is an ingredient which can benefit you. It is almost akin to turmeric in India. Here we have for you some reasons that would convince you to give it a try.
- A Natural pH Balancer
The key to healthy skin is a well-maintained pH balance. Yet, maintaining this pH balance is easier said than done. There are so many factors which we encounter every day that can throw this balance off. These include pollution, change of seasons, detergent, over washing your face, cosmetics, extra sun exposure and even sweat and tap water. Your skin cells respond to this pH balance and surely if this balance is off, your skin will react to it by either turning too flaky and red or by developing inflammatory conditions like eczema and acne. Once you have learnt how to balance your skin’s pH, you have won half the skincare battle. Ginseng has organic pH balancing properties which is why most Korean beauty brands incorporated it into a number of products. It limits excess sebum production and hydrates your skin while revitalizing it. If you are looking for a Korean face cream especially for dry skin, go for one with Ginseng in it.
Even in today’s world where Korean Beauty giants have normalised sulphate and paraben free skincare, people with sensitive skin have a tough time finding products that would suit their skin. This is because sensitive skin can react to seemingly harmless ingredients even if they are natural and break out. Ginseng is a blessing for people with such a skin since it has medicinal anti-inflammatory properties. When used for skincare, it does not irritate the skin or let it break out due to inflammation. As said earlier, Ginseng balances pH levels of the skin. Combined with its medicinal anti-inflammatory properties, it is the ultimate solution for people with sensitive skin.
- Hyperpigmentation No More
We live at a time when environmental pollution is our skin’s unmatched enemy. Pollutants can easily be absorbed by our skin and accumulate in our pores thus stimulating melanocytes which creates brown spots. As the damage accumulates, it can turn into hyperpigmentation that ranges from occurring in small patches to the entire body. Ginseng is filled with antioxidants which restrict and inhibit melanin production in skin. Thus, Ginseng is the perfect remedy for hyperpigmentation that occurs due to these environmental aggressors. K-Beauty developers leverage these antioxidants in Ginseng and use it to create products that offer even skin tone.
- Remedy for Dull Days
One of the most obvious signs of prolonged skin damage is dullness. A lack of luminosity in skin speaks for its health. That being said, not all remedies for dull skin actually work because most just target the surface. Korean skincare is different though. K-Beauty mantra is targeting the problem at its roots and the grassroot remedy of dullness is a revitalising agent. One of the medicinal properties of Ginseng is boosting circulation. Even when infused in your skincare regimen Ginseng can boost the blood circulation in your face. Combined with its antioxidant properties, it energizes your skin cells and thus boosts skin health ultimately giving your skin a healthy and natural glow. Thus, with Ginseng in your skincare routine, you can say goodbye to dull days.
- Anti-Ageing Agent- collagen
Up until now we have talked of how Ginseng is a medicinal herb with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The fact that it is anti-ageing is another feather in its cap. Ad Ginseng improves blood circulation, it also boosts the production of collagen. Collagen is the most basic structural component of skin tissue. To put it simply, it holds the skin together. As we age, the collagen in our skin breaks down and loosens due to which fine lines and wrinkles appear. Hence, skin ageing in a sense is the loss of collagen. As Ginseng revitalises the skin with its antioxidants and balances its pH balance, it makes it tighter and firmer. At the same time, it boosts blood circulation and fosters the production of collagen in skin. Though it is never too late to begin using anti-ageing products, in Korea their use is in the early 20s. So, when it comes to leveraging the benefits of Ginseng by incorporating it in your skincare routine, age truly is just a number.
- Works Wonders on Pesky Dark Circles
All of us hate those pesky dark circles which simply refuse to leave. What is worse is that there is always a threat of these circles leading to puffiness. Ginseng works wonders here too. By revitalising the skin tissue and limiting the production of melanin through abundant antioxidants, Ginseng can be the difference between magic ingredients you had been looking for.
Ginseng is not simply a new Korean Beauty fad but an age-old miraculous herb with abundant properties which foster health and well-being, be they on the surface of your skin or beyond. Ginseng has been passed down in Korea as wisdom from the older generations and is definitely worth adding to your skincare routine.