Ingredient to Love: Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo_BilobaThe ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world. The seeds have been used as part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years, although today the leaf of the tree is more commonly used for treatment.

Ginkgo is used for improving memory and concentration, as well as aiding in treatment for more serious conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. However, its what this little green leaf does for the skin that makes us love it even more!

Ginkgo is an antioxidant. It provides the skin with flavonoids and polyphenols (like the ones in green tea) that work with antioxidants like Vitamin C, CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid to neutralize free radicals and prevent oxidative damage from occurring.

Ginkgo is an anti-inflammatory ingredient. Ginkgo can help to reduce swelling of the capillaries, making it a great ingredient of choice for skin conditions like sensitivity, rosacea, acne and ezcema. It can also aid the skin in healing processes.

Ginkgo may aid in balancing melanin (pigment) in the skin, which can help such skin conditions as hyper-pigmentation (the over production of melanin in certain areas,) or Vitiligo (the lack of melanin production in certain areas of the skin.) For effective results with Vitiligo, high percentages of topical and internal ginkgo must be used, often in combination with other Vitamins, like Vitamin E. Consult your doctor or naturopathic doctor for more information.

This could also be responsible for the stimulation of fibroblasts in the skin which are responsible for collagen production. A 1997 study by the Dermatology Department at Chonnam University Medical School in Korea is just one of the many studies on the benefits of Ginkgo. It highlighted the effect of Ginkgo supplementation on positive fibroblast energy stimulation. This little discovery gives merit to ginkgo / ginkgo biloba extract as an active healthy aging ingredient.

Ginkgo Biloba Extract can be found in any of these great products:

BIEN TIP: if using large amounts of Ginkgo Biloba as an internal or external supplement, refrain from use a week or so before any injections like Juvederm or Botox, or surgery as it can make your skin more prone to bruising. (As always, check this with your doctor!)

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