Centella Asiatica is just about everywhere these days!
Centella has been popping up more and more in western beauty products after years of popularity in the Asian market. It is commonly labelled as Cica, Tiger Grass, Gotu Kola or Pennywort so we understand if you’re left feeling confused.
There are claims of increasing hydration, calming redness, healing acne and promoting collagen production but is this true or just more beauty lies. Lucky for us Centella Asiatica has been thoroughly researched for years and the results are looking promising.
What’s the History?
Centella Asiatica is a herb that has been used all over the world for a very long time. It’s been used in traditional medicine, cooking and most recently, skincare. The plant is found across Asia and Africa and is an important part of the traditional medicine in these cultures.
In China they have used Centella Asiatica to treat colds and fevers. In India it was used to treat cuts, burns, eczema and psoriasis. In other parts of Asia its eaten to help for a boost of nutrition and to keep the body healthy.
Even tigers have been seen using this herb by rolling in the plant to help heal their wounds, which is where the name ‘Tiger Grass’ comes from.
It’s Science Time
Deep diving into the science behind Centella Asiatica and discovering all the different properties of the plant is incredibly interesting. There’s so much potential for use in medicine and of course we love it for skincare.
Centella Asiatica contain the active compounds Asiaticoside, Madecassoside, Asiatic acid and Madecassic acid and these are the powerhouses of this incredible ingredient. These compounds can be individually extracted and used in higher concentrations to get a more specific benefit.
This herb has been extensively researched for its medicinal properties and has been reported to be wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antidiabetic, antitumor, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and so much more!
This is where all the benefits to your skin start to come into play.
An Acne Cure?
Centella Asiatica has been shown to be effective in treating wounds, infections and burns on the skin making this the perfect ingredient for anyone experiencing acne.
Promoting the healing of wounds and infections means that we can see a significant improvement in acne. The bacteria causing the acne will be killed quicker and the healing of the spot starts earlier. Acne should heal quicker, look less red, feel less painful and leave less of a mark on the skin.
Research has also shown a decrease in the inflammatory reaction of wounds which means there is a lot less chance of scarring. That’s a godsend for anyone prone to acne scarring.
How to use Centella Asiatica on acne-prone skin?
- To target acne spots with Centella Asiatica we recommend using a Spot Treatment to get the full healing benefits of the ingredient.
- To help with all over redness in the skin use a Cleanser, Moisturiser or Serum with the extract to get an all over calming effect.
Clear acne spots quickly with an easy spot treatment. Centella, Calamine and Tea Tree protect and heal the skin without irritation or drying.
Keep Me Looking Young!
Asiatic acid, Madecassic acid and Asiaticoside has been shown to increase total protein, collagen content and hyaluronic acid synthesis. That translates to plumper, more hydrated, healthier, younger skin.
Unfortunately our natural collagen levels can start to decline as young as 20 years old and that’s when the aging process starts. Centella Asiatica is an effective anti-aging ingredient due to its enhancement of collagen in the skin. Collagen is an important protein in our skin that helps it look smooth, plump and youthful, so protecting and promoting collagen should be a priority for all.
Centella Asiatica is also full of antioxidant properties which helps to protect the skin from free radicals. Free radicals are these evil little things that attack our collagen and leave us aged and dull. We can protect from free radical damage with antioxidants, healthy lifestyle choices and proper skin cleansing.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our skin and is important to keep skin hydrated and plump. It’s easily lost in our daily lives so having an ingredient like Centella Asiatica to promote the natural production of Hyaluronic Acid is crucial.
Madecassoside is a key compound of Centella Asiatica that has been shown to be especially brilliant at improving skin firmness, elasticity and hydration.
How to use Centella Asiatica for antiaging?
- For general skin protection from aging and damage use Cleansers, Essences and Toners with high concentrations of Centella Asiatica or Madecassoside.
- To target aging and give the skin a more youthful appearance, look for Serums, Moisturisers and Skin Treatments.
Hydrate and protect the skin with natural extracts and Beta-Glucan. Helps to strengthen the skin’s natural barrier and maintain moisture.
One Ingredient Suits All
It’s not too common that an ingredient is totally suitable for everyone but Centella Asiatica is the one. It hydrates, calms redness, heals damaged skin, boosts collagen, protects from free radicals, prevents scarring and just helps the skin look beautiful. This is one of our all time favourite ingredients and we welcome it to any product ingredient list.
If you want to introduce this ingredient to your routine, look for products that have the right texture for your skin type. Centella Asiatica is going to be most effective at higher concentrations in leave on products but do not underestimate the power it has in cleansers and toners.
How to use Centella Asiatica?
- To get the calming and protective benefits of the ingredient use Cleansers, Toners and Essences with high concentrations.
- For a more intensive treatment to hydrate, heal and plump use heavier products like Serums, Moisturisers and Skin Treatments with the Centella Asiatica Extract.
Strengthen and calm the skin with 80% Centella Asiatica extract. The lightweight moisture and gentle ingredients is perfect for acne prone or sensitive skin.
Centella Asiatica has been taking the world by storm and it has the science to back up the big claims. There’s a reason it’s been used for centuries across the world, it works. This ingredient is a sure-fire way to improve your skin health and leave you looking gorgeous.
Keep the discussion going in the comments below!
Have you tried this miracle herb? What has it done for your skin?