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Treasured around the world for its energizing and yes, libido boosting effect, ginseng also adds an invigorating component to face, body and hair products. You may be familiar with its energizing power from tea and other drinks like Red Bull. The pretty red-flowering plant is used for numerous beauty products, while the less gorgeous root is harvested for medicinal purposes. The green leaves, however, provide the most potent component for cosmetics. From shampoo to lifting serums – all of which are designed to harness the magical zing this plant provides for energizing and nourishing – beauty products featuring ginseng may just add the zip you need this time of year.
Out too late? Try Origins GinZing to take care of those tired eyes. You’ll perk right up with this clinically-proven morning after eye cream to reduce dark circles, unsightly bags and puffiness. The combination of coffee and ginseng provides instant radiance to tired eyes so you appear bright and eager. $29.50 at www.origins.com.
A SERIOUS LIFT
Phyto PhytoLium Energizing Shampoo is an innovative formula that combines rooibos extract, known for its stimulation and revitalizing benefits, with cinchona bark extract to energize and fortify the scalp. This energizing botanical complex with Vitamin B3, zinc trace elements, ginseng and sage extracts restores energy, density and strength to hair. $24 at Nordstrom.
FROM THE BIG APPLE
Joey New York Line Up instantly plumps lines and wrinkles with a unique formula that includes Ginseng Extract Complex. This treatment immediately and gently tightens pores on the face and around the eyes to leave skin youthful and without lines all day. $36 at www.skinstore.com.
Ole Henriksen’s Vitamin Plus Crème balances and calms delicate skin. Made with aloe and oat flour, it provides a light veil of moisture. Packed with powerful antioxidants, herbs and vitamins, this crème also uses Korean ginseng to increase cellular energy and stimulate microcirculation. Aloe vera moisturizes and hazelnut oil nourishes. This is a true miracle worker. $35 at www.Olehenriksen.com.
Shiseido Benefiance Pure Liquid Instant Treatment Eye Mask uses a special Retinol Delivery System to visibly improve fine lines, crow’s-feet and uneven texture in just 15 minutes. Formulated with ginseng extract and vitamin C derivative to effectively improve the appearance of dark circles and dullness, the pre-moistened sheets may also be used around lips for exceptional smoothing benefits. Use 2 to 3 times a week. 24 sheets for $62.50 at www.shiseido.com.
A PICK-ME-UP IN A BOTTLE
Molton Brown Invigorating Suma Ginseng Bath & Shower is the perfect way to start the day. Brazilian suma ginseng helps boost circulation and stimulates your energy reserves, while essential oils of juniper berry, cinnamon, oakmoss, armoise and geranium revitalize the senses, leaving you refreshed and full of energy. This wide-awake shower gel is $28 at www.skinstore.com.
LIFT & ENERGIZE
Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Serum is an essential anti-aging product. It offers a new set of benefits, including redensifying, brightening and 24-hour hydration. A rare and powerful range of botanicals delivers visible results, minimizing the appearance of lines and maximizing skin tightness and density. $210 at Nordstrom.
Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy Energy Sugar Scrub is an invigorating blend of essential lemon oil and energizing ginseng. Use during a shower or bath to smooth and stimulate skin while exfoliating and moisturizing. A powerful blend of safflower, sweet almond and jojoba oils leave skin silky smooth. Breathe in tangy goodness. $16 at Bath & Body Works nationwide.
When your skin needs a boost, give it a spritz of Elemis Rehydrating Ginseng Toner for instant hydration and energy. The toner contains ginseng to increase circulation, giving skin an instant glow. Use this lightweight spray to prepare your skin for makeup application or anywhere to feel refreshed throughout the day. $33 at www.skincarerx.com.
SOLUTION FOR STRESSED SKIN
Target the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with Stress Defense Cream with Biospheric Complex from Skyn Iceland. Described as a botanical alternative to injection treatments, the complex contains tomato, ginseng and portulaca extracts to help relax and smooth tension lines, brow furrows, fine lines and wrinkles instantly. Visible results are noticeable within minutes after application. This miracle in a jar is $59 from Sephora stores nationwide.