Chicory Root

What Is It? How Can It Benefit Your Face? You may already be familiar with chicory root as an herbal supplement. The roots and leaves of the chicory plant are often taken orally for their medicinal value to aid with ailments and symptoms such as loss of appetite, constipation, gallbladder and liver disorders, digestive problems, or rapid heart rate. Chicory root’s powers don’t stop there, though. It can also be used as a potent salve for relieving swollen or inflamed skin. Thanks to its calming and collagen-stimulating powers, chicory root is an excellent addition to any moisturizer’s formula. It is high in antioxidants, which can not only improve immune health when taken orally but which also help fight off the effects of toxins and free-radicals when applied topically. The benefits of antioxidants for your complexion have been proven over and over again.

What Is Chicory Root?

Recognizable by its bright blue flowers and woody appearance, Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a perennial herb. It’s grown and cultivated in some places all over the world, including its place of origin in the Mediterranean region of Europe, the southeastern United States (especially popular in Louisiana), Southeast Asia, and South Africa. It’s most commonly known for its use as a coffee supplement or substitute, though, as we discussed earlier, it has many other uses, as well. As a powerhouse of antioxidants with potent anti-inflammatory properties, chicory root is known as something of a “miracle” herb and an unyielding natural plant. The leaves of the chicory plant can be used in salads or crushed up with the roots to create a poultice to be applied topically. That’s why it makes such an excellent active ingredient for a nourishing facial moisturizer.
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Why Is Chicory Root Beneficial for the Face?

Because chicory root is a natural anti-inflammatory, it's an excellent source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene keeps skin healthy with necessary nutrients that stimulate collagen. Collagen production increases the elasticity of your facial features and helps to fill in lines and wrinkles, plump and hydrate cheeks, and create a more youthful look. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also an excellent ingredient for counteracting the effects of exposure to the toxins and free radicals your face encounters in the air every day. No matter how often you cleanse your face, you’re still going to come in contact with these harmful elements, but with a moisturizer complete with chicory root and other protective agents, you’ll be able to maintain far healthier looking, softer skin well into your years.

Who Is Chicory Root Good For?

When taken orally, chicory root is good for anyone who has digestive problems or who has experienced loss of appetite due to illness (including cancer). It is a mild laxative and natural sedative, and it can be added to coffee to counteract jitteriness from the caffeine content. When used topically, chicory root is good for anyone who wants to look and feel younger. Especially when used in a specially formulated anti-aging moisturizer, chicory root can help you achieve more beautiful, softer, younger looking skin. In fact, the only people who should not use chicory root to improve the appearance and feel of their skin are those rare individuals who have allergies to chicory. So, if you are looking for an ingredient that helps promote collagen and makes your face touchably soft while filling in fine lines and plumping your cheeks, chicory root is right for you. To feel the difference that chicory root can make, try our Ageless Moisturizer today.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-92-chicory.aspx?activeingredientid=92&activeingredientname=chicoryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicory
https://www.livestrong.com/article/375915-side-effects-of-chicory-root-extract/