The virtues of ginkgo biloba for the skin

Written on 06.Feb.14 by Anne-Marie GABELICA - Updated on 02.Dec.20

In the middle of the Chinese New Year week, we thought it was the right time to highlight one of our ingredients that is widely used in the Chinese pharmacopoeia and which is acclaimed for its many medicinal virtues: Ginkgo biloba.

Native to Asia, the Ginkgo biloba is a tree known for its longevity and extraordinary resistance. Able to live for more than 2,500 years, it belongs to one of the oldest tree species on Earth. It is even said to have existed before the dinosaurs, hence its name of fossil tree.

The benefits of ginkgo biloba for the skin

Health benefits

Highly anti-oxidant, Ginkgo fights against cell degeneration and is notably a very interesting plant to fight against cerebral ageing. By promoting the synthesis of dopamine, the pleasure hormone, Ginkgo biloba regulates mood and stimulates memory and concentration. It is thus used to fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Also used to treat respiratory disorders such as asthma, this plant effectively regulates immune responses. It is therefore also very effective in skin pathologies such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and vitiligo.1

Finally, Ginkgo helps blood circulation with a vaso-regulatory role which, depending on the situation, can dilate or contract the blood vessels in order to obtain optimal blood flow.2 Recommended in the treatment of heavy legs, it also reduces blood viscosity, which makes it particularly useful in the prevention of cardiovascular pathologies.

The virtues of Gingko biloba in a skincare product cosmetics

The active ingredients responsible for the virtues of Ginkgo biloba are essentially concentrated in its leaves. These active ingredients belong to two large families of compounds: flavonoids and terpenoids.

The flavonoids of Ginkgo biloba(quercetin, kaempferol, sciadopitysin, ginkgetin, isoginkgetin) have antioxidant properties that protect cells against free radicals. Rich in flavonoids, the aqueous extract of Ginkgo biloba present in our facial care products Age Out, Check Matte, Game Over, Gentle Angel and Eye Love therefore provides excellent protection for the skin cells.

In addition, the active ingredients in Ginkgo promote the formation of cells that produce collagen fibres (fibroblasts), fibres that support the skin. By thus stimulating collagen synthesis, Ginkgo helps fight against skin aging.3

We saw above that Gingko biloba has a very interesting circulatory action. In particular, it favours a better cutaneous micro-circulation and thus allows the skin to keep a more luminous complexion.

The abundance of certain terpenoids in its leaves, particularly ginkgolide and bilobalide, gives Ginkgo powerful anti-inflammatory functions. These compounds inhibit the inflammatory process by acting on two enzymes involved in the inflammatory process: phospholipase A2 and COX-2.4 Ginkgo biloba even acts on the expression of genes involved in the inflammatory process, making it effective even in cases of chronic skin inflammation.5

Why did we choose him in our care oO?

An excellent anti-oxidant, Ginkgo biloba is an active ingredient of choice in the natural management of skin aging. Its action of stimulating collagen synthesis is particularly useful in the fight against the formation and aggravation of wrinkles.

In addition, its pro-collagen action strengthens the blood capillaries, preventing the appearance or enlargement of couperose , which tends to appear with age in sensitive skin.

For all these reasons, we have chosen to use the aqueous extract of Ginkgo biloba in our Age Out anti-ageing correction care. In the same way, it contributes to the anti-wrinkle action of our Eye Love eye contour care.

Finally, its role in stimulating the skin's micro-circulation contributes very effectively to the anti-dark circle action of Eye Love.6

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So much for this very interesting active ingredient that is Ginkgo biloba, a thousand-year-old plant that is very effective for taking care of your skin... with many others of course! We hope that this article on Ginkgo will have interested you, if you want to know more about other of our ingredients(and you know that we use more than 100 different ones !), don't hesitate to let us know in the comments ;)

1: Effectiveness of oral Ginkgo biloba in treating limited, slowly spreading vitiligo. Parsad D, Pandhi R, Juneja A. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2003 May;28(3):285-7.

2: Evidence of the regulatory effect of Ginkgo biloba extract on skin blood flow and study of its effects on urinary metabolites in healthy humans. Boelsma E, Lamers RJ, Hendriks HF, van Nesselrooij JH, Roza L. Planta Med. 2004 Nov;70(11):1052-

3: Effects of flavonoids of Ginkgo biloba on proliferation of human skin fibroblast. Kim SJ, Lim MH, Chun IK, Won YH. Skin Pharmacol, 1997;10(4):200-5

4: Effects of Ginkgetin from Ginkgo biloba Leaves on cyclooxygenases and in vivo skin inflammation. Kwak WJ, Han CK, Son KH, Chang HW, Kang SS, Park BK, Kim HP. Planta Med. 2002 Apr;68(4):316-21.

5 : Effects of anti-inflammatory biflavonoid, ginkgetin, on chronic skin inflammation. Lim H, Son KH, Chang HW, Kang SS, Kim HP. Biol Pharm Bull. 2006 May;29(5):1046-9.

6: "Activity of phospholipid complex of Ginkgo biloba dimeric flavonoids on the skin microcirculation", Bombardelli,E., Cristoni,A., Fitoterapia 1996; VolLXVII No3.

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