When searching for beauty products that erase pesky things like wrinkles and sun damage, you can look no further than ginseng. The ancient ingredient has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, but is only recently gaining more attention as a beauty miracle worker.
As a supplement, ginseng is known to help with balancing blood sugar, warding off inflammation, and boosting energy. It can also restore gut health (and help you lose a few pounds). But when included as an ingredient in beauty products and applied topically, it’s shown to be particularly beneficial with reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
One study from 2020 claims ginseng’s anti-aging perks are thanks to its amped up ability to hydrate our skin. Other researchers described it as a “non-negligible natural remedy for healthy aging.” On top of the hydration, they cite trials that found topical ginseng helped to increase collagen production, which also made wrinkles disappear. Plus, it showed signs of protecting against UV-induced skin damage.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginseng that work so well when ingested as a supplement are also helpful when applied directly to our skin. This makes it a great anti-aging alternative for anyone sensitive to natural ingredients that can be a bit harsher, like vitamin C.
With all that in mind, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for products that include ginseng. There are some more budget-friendly options, like the Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer (Buy at Ulta, $31). If you’re OK with shelling out bigger bucks, though, there’s the Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream Light (Buy at Ulta, $240).
Although most ginseng beauty product should be fine for all skin types, it’s still a good idea to test out on a small patch to make sure it’s right for you. Chances are, you’ll be thrilled with the wrinkle-free and skin damage-soothing results!
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