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Panax Ginseng

Panax Ginseng

The famous ingredient from Korea is recommended to us and we can't help but adore it.

What is: 
Ginseng is a root plant of the Panax family and is usually harvested after six years of growth. It is a valuable ingredient in traditional Asian medicine and is also widely used as a consumer product. The herb is known to increase circulation and strengthen the immune system.

In recent decades, ginseng has also been used in skincare products. Ginseng's popularity in Korean skin care dates back to the early 1500s. Legend has it that ginseng was the greatest skin care secret of Hwang Jini, a historical figure known as the most beautiful woman of the Joseon Dynasty. 

His story: 

Ginseng was discovered more than 5000 years ago. We find references to ginseng in books dating back more than two millennia. It is an herb that the people respected and used for a wide range of ailments hence its Latin name panax (from the Greek word panakeia, that is, for everything). Because of its high value it was used exclusively by emperors who were willing to pay the high price without any problems. His fame spread and trade flourished, with Korea supplying China with wild ginseng in exchange for goods such as silk and medicine. Then followed the trade with America.

Types of ginseng: 

  • Asian ginseng: Panax ginseng is more commonly known as Asian ginseng. It is usually collected in South Korea and China. It's the type you'll find in skincare and beauty products. While all forms of ginseng have their benefits, Panax ginseng is the one that has been extensively studied. Korean red ginseng, in particular, is a skin care must.
  • American ginseng: American ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius) is found in the eastern and central United States, as well as the southern parts of Canada. This type of ginseng is mainly used in traditional medicine.
  • Siberian ginseng: Eleutherococcus Senticosus, or Siberian ginseng, is not actually a species of ginseng, but is often lumped into the same category as Asian and American ginseng. The difference is that the Siberian version does not contain ginsenosides, the active ingredient in ginseng. Instead, the active ingredient is liberterosides. This element is known to have its own healing properties, but is not used in skin care.
Benefits: 

Fine lines & wrinkles 

Ginseng can help stimulate blood vessel circulation in the skin, boosting collagen synthesis and by extension tighter skin.  Its antioxidant properties protect the skin from free radicals and other environmental aggressors that could cause the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dull and lackluster skin
Ginseng contains energizing agents that help brighten and rejuvenate the skin. Young skin is radiant and luminous, but as the aging process takes place, it is almost impossible to maintain the glow and brightness. The skin dulls and becomes duller. The use of ginseng can combat this process by increasing blood circulation. In addition, thanks to its anti-aging properties, reduces fine lines and wrinkles that create shadows on the face. This combination of good circulation and lack of lines can boost the skin's brightness.

Hyperpigmentation, freckles, dark spots
Ginseng inhibits melanin production thanks to antioxidants.Environmental pollutants are easily absorbed by the skin, accumulate in the pores and stimulate the melanocytes, thus creating brown spots. But ginseng acts as a shield against them. These same antioxidants also help balance oiliness. In a 24-week study in women with melasma, 91% reported improvement after using ginseng.

Sensitivity, inflamed skin
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of ginseng help reduce redness and swelling. Studies have shown that ginseng is an effective treatment in people with atopic dermatitis. The insenosides contained in ginseng act as a natural steroid to maintain a functional skin barrier. This means increased moisture and reduced skin inflammation. 

Lack of elasticity, loose skin
As we age, our skin slowly loses its ability to maintain its elasticity. The biggest culprit for skin loss of elasticity is UV damage. Prolonged exposure to sunlight throughout our lives damages skin fibers. These fibers, called elastin, are responsible for keeping the skin firm. Studies have found that ginseng positively affected cellular stiffness by causing an increase in collagen and elastin. Increased levels of collagen and elastin make the skin smoother and firmer.

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