Ginseng is a perfect example of a hanbang ingredient, and is one that should be part of your skin care regimen if wrinkles and dark circles are among your skin concerns.
Ginseng’s Skin Care Benefits
Though it took quite some time for ginseng to be used in skin care, the benefits aren’t any less notable.
“Ginseng root contains numerous bioactive compounds, including saponins, polysaccharides, pectin, sugar, vitamins B1, B2, B12, pantothenic acid and minerals, which help to increase oxygenation and circulation to skin cells [for] a healthy glow”. “In addition, its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities help to protect skin from free radical damage.”
In addition, all skin types can benefit from ginseng, though it’s particularly useful for anyone who’s concerned about aging. “Ginseng has a complex of polysaccharides and glycoproteins, which form a weightless film on the surface that helps to firm and smooth the appearance of fine lines.”
Ginseng Benefits for skin sensitivity and inflammation
It isn’t touted as the ‘root of immortality’ for nothing. The beneficial properties of Ginseng called Ginsenosides and Gintonin help enhance your body’s tolerance against severe dysfunction and diseases. But most importantly, when applied topically it is proven to promote anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects for your skin.
Ginseng Benefits for fine lines and wrinkles
Korean Ginseng’s warming effect helps boost the circulation of the skin’s smallest blood vessels, in turn, ramping up the synthesis of collagen. As a result, it treats and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.
Ginseng benefits for skin pigmentation and skin dullness
This powerful root contains phytochemical properties that protect skin from harsh environmental aggressors and cell degeneration. Therefore, providing powerful anti-aging benefits to the skin by increasing hyaluronic acid generation for that plumper, radiant more youthful glow.
What is Ginseng?
Ginseng is a root and it resembles a pale carrot with little legs and typically harvested on its 4th-6th year where it’s believed to be at its most potent. Despite its lengthy harvest, history shows that it’s the most consumed ingredient in traditional medicine.
Korean Panax Ginseng
There are several kinds of Ginseng and each plant has its own unique healing properties. However, Panax Ginseng (also called Asian Ginseng, Korean Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, and True Ginseng) is the most researched Ginseng due to its potency and ability to treat a wide range of conditions.
Korean Red Ginseng and White Ginseng
Experts prepare Panax Ginseng in two methods which as a result created the Red Ginseng (using the whole root) and white ginseng (peeled and dried) ginseng. Various comparative research has been done between the two variations but despite the wide differences. However, they actually belong to one mother plant.
What is Hanbang?
Now that we are all up to speed about Ginseng’s benefits for our skin, let’s talk about Hanbang and its relation to skincare. Hanbang is basically using Korean wisdom on traditional herbs and combining it with modern skincare technology to create potent and effective skincare products. If that isn’t a marriage of two things beauty lovers want, we don’t know what else is?