Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo, not just for the brain.

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Scientific Name {Ginkgo Biloba}
Common Name {Madenhair Tree}

Ginkgo has long been used as an anti-aging health supplement, designed to boost energy and regulate the mood and sleeping patterns. One of the main components of ginkgo is quercetin, which is both an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent. Because it also contains a substance not unlike caffeine, it can energize the skin and promote better circulation. These four effects make gingko a very effective skin treatment.

Throughout the day, or skin comes into contact with toxins and pollutants, which can work their way into the skin and cause damage to the underlying cells. This damage manifests itself as blemishes, discoloration, dull, darkened, and thickened skin. Sun exposure exacerbates this, and can even create free radicals in the skin, which can cause cancer if they are allowed to roam free. The powerful antioxidants in ginkgo scavenge the skin for these free radicals, neutralizing them and enabling them to be removed from the skin.

The ginkgetin in ginkgo both reduces inflammation and promotes skin renewal. It can soothe irritation and infection, especially the effects surrounding acne. Pimples are a collection of sebum and bacteria, which become stuck in a pore and create an inflamed infection. An application of ginkgo can not only reduce the redness of a pimple, but it can also help to eliminate the infection.

As it strengthens blood vessels and veins, it improves the circulation. This can help the skin flush away toxins and other impurities. Because of this circulation-improving property, ginkgo can be used to correct discoloration and scars. The appearance of acne marks, freckles, age spots, hyper-pigmentation, and even vitiligo, can be evened by the use of ginkgo. As blood flow increases, the impurities in the skin that cause all of these conditions are more easily removed, as the proper nutrients and levels of oxygen are supplied to the skin.

Just as it fights damage to brain cells (slowing the progression of memory loss and even Alzheimer’s), in the skin, ginkgo can prolong the life of healthy cells. The caffeine-like component, while improving circulation, also accelerates the cell regeneration process. And without the jitters. As new cells grow and develop, they stay young and plump for a longer stretch of time, giving the skin a more youthful look for a longer period. It also aids in the sloughing process, helping to move dead and dying skin cells to the surface of the skin so they can be exfoliated away, to reveal a more beautiful appearance.
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