While belting her heart out with James Corden during her Carpool Karaoke, Selena told the world that she has a daily shot of ginger juice to kick-start her day! Naturally, we had to check it out, and because we’ve always loved ginger for our skin, we had to see what it could do to our bodies too – a fast track to Selena’s figure? Yes, please! This miracle ingredient comes from East Asia (like most of our skincare weapons) and is a flowering plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. It’s most commonly used as a spice, but as it contains 40 different compounds of antioxidants, fatty acids, and minerals, we’re using it every way possible! Here’s a breakdown of how it’ll help you slay like Selena:
For acne: Ginger is a super powerful antiseptic so it’ll help get rid of any bacteria or toxins that are clogging your pores. It’s also incredible at generating new skin cells, reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented skin and helping get rid of any lingering scars. You’ll soon see a difference when you add it to your diet or use for a DIY mask recipe (check out our recipe below). For an emerging pimple treatment, cut a slice of ginger and rub it onto your spot. It works so well!
For hair: If your locks are lacking luster, ginger should be your go-to as it’ll help boost the health of your scalp, stimulating blood flow and boosting hair follicle growth. This means your hair will look thicker and shinier, plus it’ll fight dandruff. We love using it in a DIY hair mask by mixing 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger with a tablespoon of Jojoba oil and massaging it onto your scalp and then washing it off 15 minutes later.
For skin: Ginger is a dope toner as it’s full of skin correcting antioxidants that fight free radical damage, protecting your complexion as you get older. You can make a toner by boiling half a cup of boiling water and leaving a few slices of fresh ginger to marinade in the water. Leave it to cool in the fridge overnight and strain the water into a bottle to keep as a toner.
For your body: Chinese herbalists prescribe ginger tea to combat nausea, so if you’re expecting, it’s the best natural remedy for morning sickness. As it’s an anti-inflammatory it’s also great for relieving muscle pain or menstrual cramps when you drink it as a juice or as a tea. It’s a great immune booster too so it’ll help keep you healthy.
For weight loss: Ginger is an incredible fat burner as it not only boosts your metabolism to promote weight loss but it helps get rid of any stubborn fat on your body that you’re finding hard to shift. The spice also makes you feel fuller, so you won’t feel the need to keep helping yourself to more! We like a to use it when we’re cooking, or you can drink a cup of ginger tea before every meal.
Our favorite Ginger Mask:
For our favorite DIY masks, mix 2 tablespoons of grated ginger, with 2 tablespoons of honey (an anti-bacterial), and a teaspoon of lemon juice (a great skin tightener). Refrigerate it for 30, then apply it to your face. After 20 minutes wash it away with cool water.
Shall we just take a minute to thank Selena for coming thru for us (yet again) and letting us in on this all-around miracle worker?