Potent antioxidant that research shows can help improve blood flow. It also is often included in anticellulite products because of its relationship to circulation; however, there is no research showing that improved circulation affects cellulite. [1,2,3]
Applied topically, ginkgo leaf is a good antioxidant because it is a rich source of flavonoids. This plant extract also has antibacterial and antifungal effects. Other research has shown that ginkgo leaf can help protect skin from redness and inflammation during exposure to UVA/UVB light in a lab setting. Ginkgo leaf also seems capable of increasing skin’s moisture content and reducing factors in skin that lead to inflammation. [4,5,6]
- Boelsma E, Lamers R, Hendriks H, van Nesselrooij J, Roza L. Evidence of the regulatory effect of Ginkgo biloba extract on skin blood flow and study of its effects on urinary metabolites in healthy humans. Planta Med. 2004;70(11):1052-7.
- Di Mambro V, Fonseca M. Assays of physical stability and antioxidant activity of a topical formulation added with different plant extracts. J Pharm Biomed Anal. 2005;37(2):287-95.
- Eli R, Fasciano J. An adjunctive preventive treatment for cancer: ultraviolet light and ginkgo biloba, together with other antioxidants, are a safe and powerful, but largely ignored, treatment option for the prevention of cancer. Med Hypotheses. 2006;66(6):1152-6.
- Chuarienthong P, Lourith N, Leelapornpisid P. Clinical efficacy comparison of anti-wrinkle cosmetics containing herbal flavonoids. Int J Cosmet Sci. 2010;32(2):99-106.
- Dal Belo S, Gaspar L, Maia Campos P. Photoprotective effects of topical formulations containing a combination of Ginkgo biloba and green tea extracts. Phytother Res. 2011;25(12):1854-60.
- Elmets C, Singh D, Tubesing K, Matsui M, Katiyar S, Mukhtar H. Cutaneous photoprotection from ultraviolet injury by green tea polyphenols. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2001;44(3):425-32.