7 Anti-Aging Benefits of Ginger For Your Skin And Hair
Fresh ginger juice or ginger root can soothe an upset stomach, help your body fight the flu, and even address high blood pressure.
However, what we want to focus on right now is how the anti-inflammatory effects and other health benefits of ginger can bring about beauty benefits for the skin and hair.
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1. Ginger brightens the complexion and evens skin tone
Originating in Southeast Asia, ginger comes from a flowering plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. The root, or rhizome, is what we use in recipes and for further processing to use in skincare products.
Whether it ends up as ginger juice or ginger powder, it contains the bioactive compound gingerol, which works wonders for skin and hair.
Gingerol has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This means it fights free radicals and addresses inflammation, helping to even out tone, calm swelling, and give you glowing skin.
These beautifying effects made it an easy call to include ginger in our Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment.
At JUARA we pride ourselves on including nutrient-rich, skin-supporting natural ingredients while incorporating the latest developments in skincare. Our Ginger Coffee Firming Treatment - formulated with bentonite clay, ginger, coffee, and peppermint - brightens the complexion and firms the skin, so you look youthful and vibrant.
While it's suitable for all skin types, it helps reverse the hands of time for those with more mature skin. This concoction also contains moisturizing avocado and jojoba oil, as well as smoothing and soothing shea butter and rice bran oil.
Since ginger contains the antioxidant gingerol that neutralizes free radicals, it helps keeps skin clear of dark spots, and diminishes other forms of sun damage.
This treatment turns dull skin into a surface that's tighter and more even-toned.
Coffee is also a key ingredient that helps energize and revitalize wherever you decide to smooth or polish this on your body.
For sure it's a pick-me-up that you can use day or night under your favorite moisturizer (we recommend Candlenut Body Creme if you want to hydrate and smell like a little piece of heaven - after all, taking time for self-care should provide you with some sensory pleasure in addition to skin health benefits).
2. Ginger purifies pores and reduces oil
While you could apply slices of fresh ginger root to your face to purify pores and get a refreshing glow, we have a more alluring alternative.
When you're hoping to address a variety of skin issues, you want a well-balanced formula to give you that beauty boost.
JUARA Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer brings the best ingredients together to help with fighting blemishes and hydrating skin. Ginger can reduce the excess oil (or sebum) produced by the sebaceous glands in your skin. The kombucha (fermented sweet black tea) energizes and revitalizes the skin.
With regular use, you'll see a clearer and more vibrant complexion.
Ginger is often used for its purifying properties since it's packed with the phytochemical gingerol. Due to its antiseptic properties and ability to kill bacteria, it can slow acne formation and clear pores of dirt, oil, and other impurities.
While there's not much that can be done to drastically shrink pores, clearing them out will definitely minimize their appearance.
Ginger acts as a gentle astringent to counteract sebum production. Since it is relatively gentle, it shouldn't irritate the skin. Though as with any new ingredient, you may want to do a patch test with ginger extract if you have allergy concerns.
The antioxidants in both ginger and kombucha fight the free radicals that can worsen breakouts and other skin conditions. They can even help restore and strengthen the skin.
The anti-inflammatory properties in ginger can also calm acne-prone skin.
With these shine-reducing, acne-fighting active ingredients, this moisturizer might be the answer to several of your skin woes.
This Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer has an ideal concentration of hyaluronic acid that has hydrating and skin plumping super powers. Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that attracts moisture to the epidermis and makes the skin more supple.
It also contains cinnamon, which adds its antibacterial properties and other healing effects to the mix.
All in all, it's an excellent choice for oily skin. You'll get that glow - but not the kind of shine that comes from greasy skin.
3. Ginger can minimize the appearance of wrinkles
Ginger makes a great addition to any skincare routine due to those powerful antioxidants. These reduce oxidative stress, which comes from having an excess amount of free radicals in your system.
In case you're not familiar with what that means, let's take a moment for a quick overview.
Free radicals are molecules (containing oxygen) with an uneven number of electrons. Antioxidants are molecules that have the ability to donate an electron to a free radical without becoming unstable themselves. This enables free radicals to stabilize.
When there aren't enough antioxidants to keep free radicals in check, they can cause chemical chain reactions that often harm healthy cells.
Oxidative stress damages tissue and leads to signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation.
The health benefits to your body that ginger brings can be incorporated into your beauty and wellness rituals in a few ways. Topical application may be ideal if you're hoping to see improvements in the skin. Eating or drinking ginger can aid digestion and help with nausea.
If you're under the weather or feel a sore throat coming on, an apple-carrot-ginger salad can be an easy way to pack yourself full of vitamins and strengthen your immune system.
Gather the following ingredients:
- 1 medium granny smith, (julienne or grated)
- 4 medium carrots, peeled, shredded
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced - or use grated ginger if you enjoy an extra zing)
- 2 teaspoons honey
Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. You can also add in 1/2 cup each of golden raisins and plain yogurt if you like. Stir well and store in the fridge for 15 minutes before enjoying.
When we talk about achieving a more youthful appearance, what we put on our skin isn't the only thing that matters. Taking care of our health is a holistic enterprise.
4. Ginger can reduce redness and help fade scars
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help reduce excessive redness in the skin, and also help to minimize scarring.
This is good news for those currently battling breakouts as well as folks attempting to heal acne scars. In fact, it's not just acne scars that can see a difference with the regular application of ginger.
Because of ginger's antioxidant properties and ability to balance skin tone, it can often minimize the appearance of scars that differ in pigmentation from overall skin color.
Ginger can help with hypopigmented scars (areas that are lighter than your natural skin tone) because it can activate melanocytes and boost the skin's melanin production.
The antioxidant properties also enhance blood circulation, which helps scar tissue blend in better over time.
Not only does ginger have the capacity to help fade scars, but it may also soften the skin and improve overall elasticity. This means that it could come in handy for preventing scars or stretch marks that result from a lack of the skin's ability to sufficiently stretch and bounce back.
The bioactive gingerol in ginger has shown signs of inhibiting elastin breakdown. Elastin, along with collagen, is responsible for the strength and elasticity of our skin. These are the proteins that do the heavy lifting in our dermis.
Since ginger helps prevent the breakdown of elastin, this means our skin has more support.
If you've already experienced some skin sagging, then you may have wished for a little more support from your skin. Less elastin also means more fine lines and wrinkles, so ginger is an all-around winner when it comes to anti-aging remedies (like our anti aging hand cream to boot).
You can try a DIY mixture of crushed ginger and lemon juice, which may stimulate collagen production. Apply it to the areas of your face that have small scars or uneven tone. Let it dry, and then rinse it with warm water to reveal radiant skin.
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5. Ginger may reduce puffiness around the eyes
We've talked a lot about gingerol, and how it's responsible for many of ginger’s medicinal properties. It has a toning effect as well as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Because it can help reduce swelling, this natural ingredient can minimize the muscle pain that frequently follows an intense workout. Some people swear by a ginger bath to relieve pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis or osteoporosis.
Given that it has health benefits even for the bigger muscles of the body, you can bet it will work wonders at reducing inflammation on the face.
Some mornings those under-eye bags are more bothersome than others. Whether it was one too many drinks or a rough night's sleep, the skin has a way of telling our secrets and being a reflection of our overall health.
In general, eye bags and dark circles under the eyes are largely determined by our genes, and there's only a little bit of wiggle room where we can intervene. Certain skin types tend to show those dark circles more than others, and that's just the luck of the draw.
However, we can try to eat a little healthier, drink more water, and get enough rest to help the situation. There are also a few natural remedies and creams that can help.
Since ginger benefits for skin include the ability to reduce inflammation, a cream with ginger may improve the situation.
You could also try mixing ginger essential oil with a carrier oil, but many essential oils cause irritation, so that's why it's often recommended to go with a skincare company that has figured out an effective formula. (See above for the many reasons to try our Sweet Black Tea and Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer).
6. Ginger helps do away with dandruff and a flaky scalp
Since the health of your hair depends on the health of your scalp, it's important to do what you can to support a healthy scalp.
Ginger stimulates circulation and ensures that the scalp receives more nutrients. It strips away toxins and can clear the way for healthier hair. Ginger can even help repair hair, which we'll get into in a moment.
The antiseptic properties in ginger keep natural yeast and bacteria at bay. Because such things can lead to dandruff, this is a real asset for an anti-dandruff ingredient. If you massage ginger body oil into your scalp a couple of times per week, you may see an improvement in your situation.
For a more complete at-home dandruff solution, you can add baking soda to remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells, as well as a nourishing oil (like coconut oil or castor oil if you have issues with hair loss).
Simply combine grated ginger, baking soda, and oil, and massage it into your scalp. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes before washing it out.
7. Ginger may help with hair growth
If you thought these ginger benefits stopped at the scalp, you'd be incorrect. As alluded to above, ginger can also aid in hair growth.
Ginger is a great go-to treatment as far as an all-natural approach to combating hair loss.
If you're dealing with bald patches or thinning hair, you may want to seek medical advice from a professional who can determine if there are more serious underlying issues. However, our hair tends to thin out as we age, and it's often about how it affects our appearance and self-esteem.
So if you're dealing with frizziness or thinning, think about using a ginger to fight back.
Ginger nourishes the hair. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids that stimulate hair follicles and strengthen the hair.
Ginger also increases blood flow to the scalp. By increasing blood circulation, it can stimulate hair growth. You can look for a shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask that contains some form of ginger root and see if it works for you.
Ginger provides so many beauty and health benefits that can help minimize signs of aging and reveal more radiant skin. Here's a video that shares even more benefits of this amazing root.
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