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.
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.
- New York University Langone Medical Center: Ginseng
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Asian Ginseng
- University of Maryland Medical Center: American Ginseng
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Fermenting Red Ginseng Enhances Its Safety and Efficacy as a Novel Skin Care Anti-Aging Ingredient: In Vitro and Animal Study
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Panax Ginseng Induces Human Type I Collagen Synthesis Through Activation of Smad Signaling
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Fermenting red ginseng enhances its safety and efficacy as a novel skin care anti-aging ingredient: in vitro and animal study.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Photoprotective Effect of Red Ginseng Against Ultraviolet Radiation-Induced Chronic Skin Damage in the Hairless Mouse
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Effects of Ginseng Saponins Isolated from Red Ginseng on Ultraviolet B-Induced Skin Aging in Hairless Mice.
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Effects of Ginseng Saponins Isolated from Red Ginseng Roots on Burn Wound Healing in Mice