Centella asiatica is one of the hottest trends in natural skincare. The reasons why it is so popular are quite simple… It contains everything needed to renew, regenerate and nourish skin. Join us on a journey to find out why Centella asiatica is nature’s answer for beautiful glowy skin.
If you’re into K Beauty, you are probably aware of Centella Asiatica, as it's in almost every K-beauty product. Nowadays leading French beauty brands such as Bioderma, La Roche-Posay and L'Oréal have captured the ingredients' calming, protecting and regenerating properties, making it the perfect botanical for skin needing some TLC. Centella Asiatica has been around long before its domination within the beauty industry. Traditionally, it has been used in East Asia for centuries for medicinal and culinary purposes. This ingredient is packed with benefits, so let's take a deeper dive into why it's in such demand.
Centella asiatica is from the parsley family and the best quality Centella asiatica grow wild in the wetland regions of Asia, North America, Africa and Oceania. Here the soil, climate and water quality are optimal for wild growing centella asiatica. Centella Asiatica goes by the name of ‘Gotu Kola’, Pennywort and cica. Cica refers to the French word for scars ‘cicatrix’ and ‘centella asiatica’. It is also called ‘tiger grass’ after tigers would roll on centella asiatica to heal their wounds and help relieve anxiety.
Centella asiatica has been used medically for over 3,000 years to help relieve a variety of ailments including eczema, ulcers, inflammation and bacterial infections. It is also widely consumed in beverages, salads and soups all across the Asia pacific.
Benefits for the skin
If you begin to use Centella asiatica products within your skincare regime, you can expect to have a strengthened skin barrier, without any irritation. Centella asiatica is excellent for soothing skin and generating younger flawless skin. Lets see the benefits of this potent botanical.Anti-aging:
With time, we all will get visible lines on our face. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot slow down the natural process of aging. Centella asiatica promotes collagen production, specifically, type I collagen, which increases the elasticity and firmness of our skin.Healing:
Centella asiatica contains four components (asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside and madecassoside) that promote wound healing, through boosting collagen production and increasing blood flow to increase new skin cell growth. Madecassoside is also responsible for preventing the growth of bacteria that cause acne and reduces unfavourable side effects including itching, scarring and redness.Antioxidant activity:
Centella Asiatica is stellar for tackling the effects of toxic polluted city air. It is packed with vitamins A, B1,B2 and B3, C, which collectively brighten the skin and are packed with natural antioxidants which help fight skin damaging free-radicals (polluted air and UV rays).
Tip: Centella asiatica is known to be sensitive on all skin types, however, it is always important to do a patch test, whenever you use a new beauty product. You can choose to pair up Centella asiatica products with glycolic acid products to help bolster your skin's collagen production.
One of our co-founders Christina suffered from a major acne breakout back in 2019 which affected her self-esteem and led her to rethink her current skincare routine. Christina was previously using products found in local UK beauty stores.
Through her research, she came across Korean Beauty products containing Centella asiatica that helped to reduce her inflammation, redness and acne scarring within weeks.
These photos were from Winter 2019 to Spring 2020 when she finally started seeing great results.
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