The Natural Report: Ginzing
I'm going to try my best to start this new monthly series called The Natural Report. I'll be talking about a specific natural ingredient that's popular in skin care products then follow it up with a DIY skin care product.
The idea sparked when I saw my dwindling budget to purchase skin care items and the increased popularity of do-it-yourself skin care. I remember growing up with my mom having some sort of vegetable or fruit always on her face...And I mean ALWAYS. She'd pan fry a tomato for breakfast then proceed to mash the remaining tomato all over her face. One, it was effective use of unconsumed food items. Two, it's actually really smart with all the vitamin A and C packed into the juices. Three, I was always tempted to either swipe her face with bread or cracker because of the food.
So anyways..Here's to hopefully many posts :)
THIS MONTH'S INGREDIENT:
Ginseng is most commonly known as a popular ingredient for a lot of Asian foods. Not all people are thrilled about its distinct smell or extra kick in the face as a finishing note for food, but it has grown steadily over the past several years as a beauty product. It's been used commonly in a lot of Korean skin products for a long long time.
The research demonstrates improved collagen synthesis and decrease in fine wrinkles commonly formed from UVB exposure with the topical application of ginseng. The studies were performed on hairless rats (gross, I know) but you can't justify exposing humans to a daily dose of UVB radiation for the name of beauty. I could totally see people volunteering for it...But that has unethical smeared all over it. There was a study published in the 2009 Journal of Medicinal Food (side note: HOW AWESOME IS THAT JOURNAL?!?!) that demonstrated decreased facial wrinkles and improved signs of photo aging on HUMANS. Which is encouraging that humans can actually benefit from it...Not just our hairless rats/mice. Ginseng has also shown to have possible cancer preventative properties by boosting the immune system.
All in all, application or ingestion of ginseng is good for you. Do I want to ingest ginseng on a daily basis? Nope. So I shall apply it. I really wish I had the ability to place a "smug face" emoticon into this blog. I'd use it often.
Green Tea and Ginseng Facial Toner
1 Green tea bag
Red ginseng or "Asian ginseng" extract or ginseng powder (bought mine from Sprout's Market. I'm sure you could find it at any Whole Foods or natural market)
Brew the green tea in a cup. I used Tazo Green Ginger to maximize anti-inflammatory properties of the toner
Once slightly cooled, add 10-12 drops of the ginseng extract or approximately 1 tablespoon to the tea. It's a 1 tbsp to 6 oz ratio
Chill completely then transfer to a small container. I was silly and transferred it into a pot and realized I didn't have any control with application. I'd recommend a bottle with a drop applicator or just a regular cylindrical container for storage.
The toner, if kept refrigerated, should be good 1-2 weeks. I didn't refrigerate mine and noticed an odd smell by the end of 5-6 days.
Toner is applied after washing and before moisturizing. Remember that a little goes a long way. Bathing your face with toner isn't necessary because you just want to hydrate the skin...Not drown. Remember to let it all absorb before applying your moisturizers and creams!
Thanks for reading everyone :) Please let me know what other ingredients or skin care products you'd like to learn next time!