Our looks are everything, especially in today’s day and age where the selfie culture is wide and prevalent and first impressions matter. Regardless of gender, we all share the same top priority of ensuring our skin looks smooth, fair and youthful for as long as possible.
However, despite our best efforts, sometimes our skin can age prematurely due to certain factors, such as exposure to UV rays from the sun, an imbalanced diet, excessive smoking or alcohol consumption, and stress. These factors can negatively affect the collagen and elastic fibres in our body, causing our skin to sag and form unsightly wrinkles and dark spots.
It is common for us to turn to skincare products and over-the-counter remedies such as medication and steroid creams to prevent our skin from showing these signs of ageing. However, skincare products generally tend to treat only the surface symptoms, while long-term use of medication and creams can cause our skin to become dry, thereby further exacerbating our skin health. Why turn to these chemical-based products when you can try a natural remedy instead?
Bid farewell to dark spots and wrinkles!
Black ginger (Kaempferia parviflora), also known as Thai ginseng, is an herb indigenous to Southeast Asia, particularly Laos and Thailand, where it is commonly used as a folk medicine by the locals.
Many studies carried out on this remarkable herb have shown that it contains high levels of polymethoxyflavonoids (PMFs). PMFs play a major role in activating SIRT1, an effective anti-ageing factor that protects cellular DNA from further damage, thus delaying cell ageing and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
In fact, clinical trials have shown that the SIRT1-stimulating activity of PMFs is 5 times more potent than that of resveratrol, another powerful antioxidant!
In addition, black ginger is proven to prevent the appearance of dark spots, which is caused by a process called glycation. This irreversible process can turn your skin darker and duller, which may cause feelings of self-consciousness and your confidence levels to drop.
The PMFs in black ginger are strong inhibitors of the glycation process. Thus black ginger is capable of stopping dark spots from appearing, helping you to be more confident in your looks.
Black ginger can also help in reducing visceral fat. This is the fat stored around our internal organs such as our heart and liver, and the greater the amount of visceral fat, the higher our risk of contracting type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Several studies have indicated that visceral fat accumulation decreased significantly when black ginger is consumed.
This herb can be difficult to procure, so try out a black ginger supplement instead! If you’re interested, look out for one which has been standardised to contain more than 15% of all 5 types of PMFs, such as the patented SIRTMAX™ black ginger extract. Bonus points if it also contains green tea, which is well-known for its role in skin anti-ageing and high antioxidant levels.