During this week of the Chinese new year, we thought it would be a good time to honor one of our ingredients that is widely used in the Chinese pharmacopoeia and known for its numerous medicinal virtues: Ginkgo biloba.
From Asia, Ginkgo biloba is a tree known for its long life expectancy and out of the ordinary resistance. Capable of living more than 2500 years, it belogns to one of the oldest tree species on Earth. It may even have lived before dinosaurs, thus its fossil tree nickname.
Ginkgo biloba for your health, what does it do?
Strong antioxidant, Ginkgo fights against cells degenerating and is a very interesting plant to fight against cerebral aging. By enhancing dopamine synthesis, the pleasure hormone, Ginkgo biloba regulates humor and stimulates memory and concentration. We use it to fight against Alzheimer’s.
Also used to breathing troubles like asthma, this plant regulates immune reactions. It is also very effective against cutaneous diseases such as atopic dermatite (eczema) and vitiligo. 1
Moreover, Ginkgo helps with the blood circulation as a regulator that, depending on the situation, can dilate or contract the blood vessels in order to obtain an optimal blood flow.2 Recommended on treatments against heavy legs, it reduces the blood’s viscosity, which makes it very useful to prevent cardio-vascular diseases.
And for my skin?
The active ingredients that make the virtues of Ginkgo biloba are mainly concetrated in its leaves. These active ingredients are part of two families of molecules: flavonoids and terpenoids.
The flavonoids of Ginkgo biloba (quercetin, kaempferol, sciadopitysin, ginkgetin, isoginkgetin) have antioxidant properties that protect the cells of free radicals. Rich in flavonoids, the aqueous extract of Ginkgo biloba in our skincare products Age out and Eye love give your skin cells an excellent protection.
Moreover, the active ingredients in Ginkgo favor the formation of cells that produce collagen fibers (fibroblasts), fibers that maintain the skin. By stimulating collagen synthesis, Ginkgo helps the skin fight against signs of aging.3
We saw that the Ginkgo biloba has a very interesting action on blood circulation. It favors a better cutaneous micro-circulation and lets the skin keep a nice luminous complexion.
The abundance of certain terpenoids in its leaves, particularly ginkgolide and bilobalide gives Ginkgo strong anti-inflammatory functions. They prevent the inflammatory process by acting on two enzymes: phospholipase A2and COX-2. (4). Ginkgo biloba even acts on genes implicated in inflammatory processes, which make it effective even with chronic cutaneous inflammations. (5)
WHY DID WE CHOOSE TO PUT IT IN OUR OO PRODUCTS?
Excellent antioxidant, Ginkgo biloba is a quality active ingredient for natural cutaneous anti-aging. Its collagen synthesis stimulation is particularly useful to fight against the formation and deepening of wrinkles.
Furthermore, its pro-collagenic action reinforces blood capillaries, avoiding the appearance or widening of couperose that tends to manifest itself with age on sensitive skin types.
For all of these reasons, we chose to use an aqueous extract of Ginkgo biloba in our global anti-aging product Age out. For the same reasons, it contributes to anti-wrinkle action in our eye contour Eye love.
Futhermore, its ability to stimulate cutaneous micro-circulation contributes to the anti-dark circle action of Eye love.(6)
There you are for this very interesting active ingredient Ginkgo biloba, a million-year-old plant that is very useful to take care of your skin… sith many others too of course ! We hope this article on Ginkgo was interesting, if you wish to know more on our ingredients (and you know that we have more than 100 !) don’t hesitate to let us know with a little comment ! 😉
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.
Photo : Virany
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