Zingiber officinale is the botanical name for ginger, a flowering plant that originated in tropical rainforests from the Indian subcontinent to Southern Asia. The rhizome of this plant, known as ginger root, is widely used as a spice and for its health benefits.
In skin care, ginger root extract provides excellent anti-aging benefits due to its ability to inhibit collagenase. Collagenase is the enzyme responsible for the degradation of collagen. Since collagen is necessary in order to maintain firm, youthful skin, ginger root extract would be a great addition to anti-aging skin care products. Ginger root extract also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.