The Fab Five: A Ginseng Revival
Ginseng is by no means the new ingredient on the block. In fact, the knobby hobbit-like plant is downright old: It’s been used, and prized, in Asian culture for centuries, as an immune-system booster and mood lifter, and it’s also thought to help improve concentration and even lower blood-sugar levels. Of late, the little root that could has been cropping up in a slew of antiaging skincare products. It seems that when applied topically, its circulation-stimulating abilities have a detox-like effect on the skin, curbing puffiness and imparting a natural, healthy glow. Here, five of our favorite ways to bring a little ginseng into your skincare routine.
The Skin Reboot-er
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer, available May 2013 at www.origins.com
Designed to have the kind of effect on skin that a peppermint shampoo has on the scalp—think refreshing, reinvigorating, eye-opening. Even the type of ginseng (Panax) in the lightweight moisturizer’s formula is thought to help with signs of fatigue.
The Tight Stuff
Soap & Glory Super Sit Tight Intense XS.
Just as ginseng can de-puff your face, so too can it help your backside. Soap & Glory’s latest innovation makes ginseng the star of its Detoxyboost technology, which, along with plenty of caffeine, has a firming effect on your lower half. A pre-swimsuit-season essential.
The Extreme Essential
SK-II Essential Power Cream, available May 2013 at www.sk-ii.com
“Radical firmness.” That’s what the newest Essential Power Cream from luxe skincare brand SK-II claims to achieve, with the help, naturally, of plenty of Siberian ginseng. A bonus: the velvety moisturizer blends seamlessly into the skin. Radical.
Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Eye Cream
Whenever we’re exhausted, you can see it in our eyes…literally. This rich cream with concentrated amounts of ginseng is an antidote for tired, sagging eyes—and gentle enough to be used on the eyelids.
The Daily Plumper
Naturopathica Beech Tree & Ginseng Daily Moisturizer
Natural-spa go-to brand, Naturopathica, also relies on the Panax ginseng variety to fatten up gaunt, dull complexions. As they like to say, the corrective moisturizer made for regular use is akin to a “natural Botox.”