April 08, 2020 3 min read
Ginger is one of the most well-known ingredients in the world. That reputation is backed by modern scientific research which demonstrates a host of positive health benefits when included in the diet, as a skincare ingredient, as a powerful antioxidant, and much more.
While ginger boasts a staggering host of applications, today we will be focusing on how ginger benefits skin health. Ginger has been used for millennia from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to modern natural skincare products. Let’s see why!
TCM utilizes a wide range of healing techniques which range from acupuncture to herbology. It is based on the concept that all life consists of qi (chi), which may also be considered a life force. When an individual's qi is out of balance, TCM seeks to put it back into balance for holistic healing and wellness.
Ginger is amongst the most important of all herbs within TCM. It is considered a “warm” food, meaning that it will balance out those who need additional warmth for their qi. In practical terms, TCM practitioners use ginger for the treatment of heart conditions, migraines, acute pain, high blood pressure, and more.
It is important to note that some of these claims have more scientific backing than others. In terms of skincare, we are primarily interested in the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of this incredible root!
As mentioned above, there are two properties of ginger which stand above the rest:
Anti-inflammatory uses of ginger for skin effectively reduce skin inflammation on the skin’s surface and even beneath the skin, as well. This powerful effect may even combat common skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema. Anti-inflammatories can also even out uneven skin tone in many cases.
The antioxidant power of ginger helps in the fight against potentially dangerous free radicals. We know this has become somewhat of a health buzzword in recent years, but free radicals are no passing phase. Free radicals can damage skin and even cause cancer. Ginger, applied topically, has been shown to effectively neutralize free radicals in an efficient manner.
So how can we use ginger in our everyday skincare routines? Unless you want to hack open some root ginger, grind it up into a paste, and rub it directly on your skin, you can instead look for skincare products that use natural ingredients to produce high-quality results.
For example, a Ginger Lime Soap Bar is full of essential oils, carrier oils, and other natural ingredients. The ginger essential oil in this cold processed soap bar provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory restoration for your skin which you can enjoy in your daily shower or bath. This is the ideal mix of potent ingredients blended together to create a gentle cleansing soap that is easy on the skin!
Another ginger-centric option would be a Ginger Lime Bath Bomb. Unlike the soap bar, this bath bomb can be used for relaxing skincare routines on (semi) special occasions. Ginger grass essential oil combines with coconut oil, salt, lime oil, beetroot powder, and other natural ingredients to wash away the worries of a long day...or week...or month...or multiple years.
Ginger does have certain infection-fighting characteristics such as acting as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory properties, improving blood flow, and more. However, we would caution against relying on ginger for any significant skin infection.
Absolutely! Ginger is incredibly gentle as a natural ingredient, and there is no reason why you cannot use it every day in a skincare product. The only disclaimer here is that some skincare products are not meant to be used daily regardless of the ginger content. For example, overusing certain exfoliants can actually damage skin by stripping away the top layer of your skin. As long as you are following the stated instructions, you should be fine!
It is possible that ginger actually fights against cellulite which commonly forms on the legs, stomach, and surrounding areas. Cellulite is extremely prevalent, yet the exact causes of cellulite remain a mystery.
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