Theginseng root extract is a potent active ingredient that helps maintain the skin and hair fibre. Its richness in saponins gives it regenerative properties and fights against the signs of ageing. Discover the benefits and uses of ginseng roots.
What is "Panax Ginseng Root Extract" and what is its utility?
- A brief overview of "Panax Ginseng Root Extract"
- What are the properties of ginseng extract?
- In which types of skincare can this plant-based active ingredient be found?
A brief overview of "Panax Ginseng Root Extract".
Originating from Asia, the ginseng is a plant belonging to the Araliaceae family which has been used for a long time in Chinese medicine for its invigorating, fatigue-relieving and stimulating properties.
In cosmetics, this plant is utilised for its roots, which are used in the form of a hydroalcoholic extract. This botanical active ingredient is a result of a mixture of alcohol, water, and ginseng roots cut into pieces. As the alcohol evaporates, the solution takes on a pasty consistency and releases a note of liquorice and caramel.
This extract is sought after for its constituents, given that it is rich in ginsenosides (30%), essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Ginsenosides are part of the saponin family, with the function of preventing oxidation. On the other hand, essential amino acids provide energy to cells and contribute to cell renewal. "Panax Ginseng Root Extract" also contains a proportion of vitamin B, whose role is to improve blood circulation, tone and regenerate cells. Moreover, the presence of vitamins C and E provides antioxidant properties and fights against inflammation. Being essential to the body, minerals preserve the health of the skin and scalp. They maintain the balance of the skin's pH value and structure the cells.
What are the properties of ginseng extract?
Rich in antioxidant actives, it combats oxidative stress. Therefore, it prevents premature ageing and restores elasticity to the skin. The presence of amino acids also plays a role in collagen production. It should be noted that this protein provides a structural role and gives the skin its firmness. Ginseng root also contains vitamin D and B12. All of this leads to an increase in circulation and oxygen, and a stimulation of collagen production in the dermis. A 2017 study suggested that the use of fermented black ginseng has anti-wrinkle effects, and a review from the same year showed that ginseng could slow down skin ageing.
Furthermore, amino acids contribute to the hydration of the skin and hair fibres by stimulating keratinocytes. Indeed, the health of the hair depends on the presence of keratins which act as surface protective agents. These notably help to maintain the hydration of the hair and skin by limiting losses through evaporation and external aggressions.
Due to these benefits, ginseng extract is recommended for mature or tired skin, as well as for hair loss and thin, dull, tired hair.
In which types of skincare can this plant-based active ingredient be found?
Whether in hair care or skin care, the recommended dosage for this active ingredient is between 0.5% and 2%.
For the skin, it is found in revitalising treatments and products that combat signs of ageing, such as mists, creams, gels, lotions, foaming tonics, or even eye contour balms. Thanks to its cleansing action without damaging the skin's pH, shower gels may also contain it.
As it battles against hair loss and restores shine to hair fibres, it also makes up certain shampoos, conditioners, lotions, serums and hair masks.
KIM K.-S. & al. Anti‑wrinkle effect of fermented black ginseng on human fibroblasts. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2017).
CHOI B. Y. Hair-growth potential of ginseng and its major metabolites: A review on its molecular mechanisms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2018).
KIM K.-S. & al. Effects of red ginseng on the elastic properties of human skin. Journal of Ginseng Research (2020).