Dig into the ingredient list of beauty products used by most K-pop stars and you’ll find that ginseng is a recurring mention. It’s responsible for that dewy, flawless and radiant complexion, and with more and more brands including it in their skincare range, we’re looking at the benefits of ginseng.
From diabetes treatment to aphrodisiac, Korean ginseng has been an important ingredient in traditional Asian medicine. The dried root is ground into a powder and used to cure illnesses and to treat bruises, boils, swellings, sores and other skin conditions. This medicinal herb has expanded its repertoire in the recent past and offers benefits such as signs of aging, anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation and skin protection.
The history of ginseng in skincare can be closely linked to Korean beauty brand Sulwhasoo. With over 50 years of research focusing on the rare skincare benefits of Korean ginseng, the brand has truly been instrumental in bringing the ingredient to the fore. The first ABC Ginseng cream was created by founder Suh Sung Hwan and by 1973 they had created the world’s first cosmetic with ginseng saponin. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that the brand changed its name to Sulwhasoo and quickly established the anti-aging properties of ginseng worldwide. One of their flagship products is Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewal Cream, a powerful and high performing anti-aging cream. A prestige product with prices to match, the cream retails for a modest Rs 17,000 for a 60ml jar and is the magic elixir you’ve been looking for to revitalize your skin.
If you’re looking to include ginseng skincare in your daily routine, here are some great options:
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This story first appeared on Asia India lifestyle.