Astralagus is a herb that promotes energy and can be taken as a tonic. Grown in China, this yellow root with pinkish-purple flowers is now used widely in the world of alternative medicine and cosmetics for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. Its Chinese name, Huang Chi, literally translates to the yellow leader.
Along with ginseng, it is one of the most widely used and highly regarded herbs. It has been used in China for thousands of years as a skin care treatment and a health supplement. Sometimes it will be called milkvetch. It is used in alternative medicine to relieve various ailments, including internal issues, exhaustion, and a compromised immune system.
Many alternative medicine practitioners believe that this herb can prevent the common cold and boost the immune system through increased white blood cell manufacture. In the US, it is used in cosmetics and skin care products and is the natural form of Teprenone.
The same properties that make it an excellent health supplement make it great for topical applications. It nourishes the skin, provides overall better health benefits, energizes the cells to improve cell turnover and energy production, and enhances the skin's look, feel, and moisture-retaining properties. As it nourishes and stimulates, it allows the skin’s natural processes to be more efficient.
As for the appearance of the skin, it brightens it significantly. Underneath the dermis, it is working to help prolong the life of skin cells. Astralagus plumps dilapidated cells to make the surface look less wrinkled. At the same time, it is wiping out the look of discoloration, either from sun damage or age spots.
It also moisturizes the skin, absorbing into the lower layers within, leaving a greasy residue behind. This adds flexibility to the rigid support structures for our cells, which allows them to be filled and plumped with moisture and keeps the support system from becoming rigid and breaking under the strain of environmental pollutants and attackers.
As for the appearance of the skin, it brightens it significantly. Underneath the dermis, it is working to help prolong the life of skin cells. Astralagus plumps dilapidated cells to make the surface look less wrinkled. At the same time, it is wiping out the look of discoloration, either from photo-aging or age spots.
It also improves blood circulation to the skin tissues, allowing for better delivery of nutrients from the blood, which the skin desperately needs to continue looking young and supple. As it fights inflammation in the skin, it decreases the look of swelling and puffiness, especially around the eyes, making a face look tired and aged.