Skincare’s latest star ingredients have a centuriesold (stellar) track record
YEARNING FOR A YOUTHFUL GLOW? Consider ginger, ginseng, turmeric and cica – eastern medicine’s go-to ingredients for restorative skin and hair treatments. Rich in antioxidants, these native plants fight off lustre-zapping free radicals, soothe irritation and promote a wrinkle-free complexion, and after centuries of medicinal use, they’ve finally found their way into skin and haircare.
While turmeric’s made an obvious splash in your latte (aka golden milk), its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial superpowers – which minimises redness and scarring sans filter – make it great for acne-prone skin. And Jose Ginestar, scientific director of Sisley-paris is impressed by cica extract which promotes epidermal restructuring and assists with skin regeneration, giving lacklustre complexions a natural glow. Pair it with the tonifying effects of ginseng for an added boost of brightness.
Concerned with ageing? Make ginger a priority. The powerful antioxidant increases collagen production, reduces skin damage and even keeps your locks lively à la Blake.
“AFTER CENTURIES OF MEDICINAL USE, THESE NATIVE PLANTS HAVE FINALLY FOUND THEIR WAY INTO SKINCARE”
Superfood Day Cream, $66, ELEMIS, mecca.com.au Sake Essence Shampoo & Conditioner, $17.99, OGX, priceline.com.au
Ginger Leaf and Hibiscus Firming Mask, $82 for 100ml, KIEHL’S, kiehls.com.au
Brightening Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum, $29.99, ANDALOU NATURALS, priceline.com.au
Hydra Beauty Micro Crème, $129, CHANEL, chanel.com./en_au
Ecological Compound, $180, SISLEY PARIS, sisley-paris.com/en-au/