Monday, 3 March 2014

Ingredients 101: Panax Ginseng

Natural or Synthetic: Natural

The Science: Panax ginseng is one of 11 species of slow-growing perennial plants. The root of the panax ginseng is utilised medicinally, however active compounds are also present in all other parts of the plant. Due to its numerous health benefits, Panax ginseng is one of the most commonly used species of ginseng.

Location: Panax ginseng is traditionally found in eastern Asia.

Beauty Benefits: Panax ginseng root extract contains a large number of phytonutrients which stimulate and activate the skin's metabolism and blood flow to regenerate and tone. This is just one of the reasons why skincare brands include the natural wonder in anti-ageing products. In fact, study results suggest that panax ginseng root extract promotes the production of type I collagen! Packed with antioxidants, panax ginseng root extract also protects skin from the free radicals that accumulate due to environmental pollution and exposure to UV rays.

Warnings: None. The CIR evaluated Panax Ginseng Root Extract and found that it is safe for use in cosmetic ingredients.

Found in: Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Moisturiser 50ml (£23.00 Debenhams / $26.50 Sephora). It is a lightweight face cream that instantly hydrates the skin and leaves it with a lovely healthy glow. It is the perfect morning pick-me-up and, like all Origins products, it is formulated without parabens, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. It is also oil-free!

Origins GinZing™ Energy-Boosting Moisturiser Ingredients
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