Ginseng in Skin Care

by Nicky Hoskins ; Updated July 18, 2017

A plate of dried ginseng on a table.

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Chinese medicine has used ginseng for centuries; practitioners believe the gnarled root of the plant promotes long life, strength and wisdom. There are two main types -- American and Asian or Korean ginseng. Modern medical studies have shown the ancient Chinese doctors weren’t entirely wrong -- ginseng does have valuable properties which can be harnessed as an important skin-care ingredient.

Reduce Wrinkles

Ginseng is most often included as an anti-aging ingredient in facial moisturizers. Several medical studies have shown its effectiveness in fighting wrinkles due to ginseng's ability to boost skin-firming collagen. The herb also acts as a whitener, giving the skin a brighter and more youthful appearance.

Heal and Calm

Ginseng is a valuable commodity in herbal medicine for its ability to encourage skin regeneration. Wounds and burns are known to respond well to the healing properties of ginseng, making it a useful ingredient in creams for sunburn and other skin irritations such as razor rash. Medical studies have shown ginseng can speed up the healing of burns, even in low doses; smoothing ginseng cream onto injured skin boosts its natural repair and infection-fighting functions.

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About the Author

Nicky Hoskins has been a journalist since 1991. After 15 years as a radio news anchor and reporter in the UK she moved to Canada to write and run a bed and breakfast. Hoskins won a Sony Radio Academy award for reporting in 1994. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in broadcast journalism.