Ginger is a well known remedy for various ailments, and some of it’s most frequent uses involve treating digestive problems and cold and flu symptoms. What you might not know is there are also some excellent beauty uses for ginger.
And they’re quite varied too. You can use ginger on both hair and skin and you’ll be surprised it can efficiently improve some pretty common problems, including cellulite!
5 Excellent beauty uses for ginger
Ginger might seem inappropriate for beauty uses due to its spicy and fragrant nature but that couldn’t be more wrong! Ginger is incredibly rich in antioxidants and also a natural antiseptic so you might even find some new ways to incorporate the root in your beauty routine, but here are our favorite ones!
Rejuvenates the skin
Since ginger is so rich in antioxidants it can help your skin stay young for longer from inside out. This means you can both ingest it and apply it on your skin to benefit from its anti-aging effect.
What’s more, ginger can also even your skin tone and improve its elasticity. A simple mask made of equal parts of powdered or grated ginger, freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey can do wonders for your skin if you apply it twice a week. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes and rinse with luke warm water than apply your favorite moisturizer.
Helps heal acne
Since ginger is also an antiseptic is can help heal acne and blemishes while also cleansing clogged pores and reducing inflammation. Furthermore, it works in a gentle manner so it’s suitable even if you have sensitive skin.
Fights dandruff and promotes hair growth
Don’t have two years at your disposal for that short bob to turn into long, healthy-looking locks? Try a ginger hair mask that’s super easy to make. Mix equal parts of ginger and jojoba oil (also an excellent natural oil for hair that mimics the properties of human sebum), leave it on for 30 minutes then wash your hair as usual.
What ginger does is it increases blood circulation to the scalp speeding up hair growth. Since it’s an antiseptic it also works as a great anti-dandruff remedy. To solve dandruff issues mix two parts freshly grated ginger with three parts sesame or olive oil and massage this mixture on your scalp. Leave it on for 15-30 minutes then wash your hair with shampoo like you normally do. Apply this mask swice a week and your hair will soon be dandruff-free!
Helps reduce scars
Ginger can reduce the appearance of white scars (well not white, but lighter than your own skin tone) but you must use it regularly. Simply rub a slice on the affected areas and llow the juice to dry without rinsing. If you do this 1-2 times a day, you can get noticeable results in a few weeks and amazing results in a couple of months.
Minimizes cellulite appearance
The dreaded cellulite is probably a woman’s worst enemy, and a frequent one too since there are a lot of us affected by it. While completely getting rid of cellulite is a difficult task, reducing its appearance is not!
Ginger is known to stimulate the circulation which help reduce cellulite. A simple and efficient recipe consists of mixing 1/2 cup of sugar, two tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, 1/4 cup of olive oil (you can use other cold-pressed oils instead, such as almond or coconut oil) and the zest of one lemon.
Massage the cellulite-affected areas with this scrub 2 times a week for great results!
What other beauty uses for ginger have you tried and which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section.