Though you’ve likely eaten ginger in one form or another in your life, you probably never realised the potent properties it contains when it comes to your skin.
This deliciously spicy plant offers some serious benefits to the skin, from rejuvenating and restoring your complexion to fading scars. Read on to learn more about the powerhouse that is ginger root.
First off, what exactly is ginger? Few people know that ginger is actually a flowering plant, however, the part of the plant that contains all the magic is its rhizome (or root). Considered a superfood, ginger root has long been hailed for its medicinal properties (remember how you’re supposed to drink ginger ale when you have a stomach ache?). Thus, it’s not too much of a stretch to assume it also offers some incredible benefits to the skin.
Both ingesting ginger and applying it to your face topically through a skincare product can have major advantages.
First, the ingredient is chock full of antioxidants, which helps tone the skin and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and scars. Further, studies suggest that the presence of ginger root may hinder the enzymes that break down collagen - and we all know that collagen is responsible for a youthful, plump glow. This makes ginger root a powerful anti-aging ingredient. Finally, ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, which is why it works wonders when it comes to healing skin and fighting redness. Whether you suffer from dry, damaged skin, rosacea, or eczema, the topical application of ginger root extract can help.
Good news - there are no known side effects to ginger root, so you should have no issues working it into your daily skincare routine. However, with any new ingredient, we recommend doing a patch test before continuing with regular use (especially if you have sensitive skin).
Lastly, it’s important to note that ginger root extract and ginger oil are not interchangeable (the latter being more likely to cause skin irritation), so be sure to read the ingredient label carefully.