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Why ginger is your new beauty secret

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You’ve been trying to grow your hair out for a while now. Even though you’ve basically tested every single product in the beauty aisle, your hair has still experienced some serious breakage. In fact, the more you trim your split ends, the more they seem to multiply. You’ve already tried everything; how can you possibly make your hair stronger if nothing is working?

Here’s the secret ingredient that all of your beauty products are missing: Ginger. Seriously. Ginger already packs many health benefits such as regulating blood sugar levels, curing migraines and fighting cramps. It only makes sense that it is an almost cure-all for beauty emergencies too!

Whether you’re looking for hair or skin hacks, here are just a few benefits of adding ginger to your beauty routine.

It helps your hair grow faster

If you’re running out of ideas on how to take better care of your hair without all of the harsh chemicals found in your average hair care products, you may want to go the natural route. Ginger helps your blood circulate, which is the key to experiencing hair growth. Ginger is also packed with minerals such as magnesium and potassium, which work together to nourish and strengthen your hair.

It gets rid of dandruff and makes your hair less flaky

Believe it or not, ginger is a very effective dandruff treatment. This is partly because of the antiseptic qualities found in ginger, which help to remove dead skin cells and fungus. It’s perfect for those days when your scalp can use a refresher!

It makes your skin look (and feel) younger

It doesn’t just work wonders on your hair. Ginger also makes your skin look more radiant and protects it from aging. Drink it in the morning and before you go to bed for soft, glowing skin. You can also substitute your facial cleanser with crushed ginger and water.

It prevents fungal infections

Say goodbye to stinky feet! This is one of the best home remedies for toenail fungus, hands down. Create a ginger paste by first blending ginger and water until it is smooth, and then refrigerate it. Next, apply the paste to your toenails and let it sit for a few minutes. Repeat this until it clears up.

It evens out your skin tone

Using ginger is a great way to  combat skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation on any part of your body. Add it to your nightly facial routine by mixing ginger and honey for a facial mask. Apply to any areas of your skin that are discolored. This mixture also gets rid of wrinkles, acne and combats both oily and dry skin, which is a win-win!

It can help get rid of old scars over time

Because of its toning properties, ginger is great for erasing those hard to get rid of light-colored scars. Here’s the best part: All you’ll need to do is dab ginger juice on the scar daily for a few weeks, until you see results. A slice of ginger works just as well. 

Cassandra is a beauty and women's health writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.