You might be wondering why every trendy ingredient is represented as ‘the greatest’ or the one you ‘need to try’. When you look at the skin-care aisle in a drugstore or you are scrolling down online to find a product you need, you might start to feel overwhelmed by all those ingredients. Yes, we know that they all claim to transform your skin, but will they really?
There are some safe ingredients that are great for the skin (think ceramides). However, one of the ingredients that are antioxidant and soothing is centella asiatica or gotu kola. You can find the name of this ingredient printed on skin care bottles that are made especially for people with psoriasis and eczema.
Why don’t we see together what are the skin benefits of using this ingredient in your daily skincare routine?
What Is Centella Asiatica?
Centella Asiatica has been used for centuries in Asia, as a healing medicine and for treating illness. It is been used as a homeopathic remedy in Chinese medicine.
This plant extract is also known as tiger grass, cica, gotu kola, and even Indian pennywort. Some legends claim that tigers used to roll into this grass, after being hurt in a battle with other animals.
The plant itself is full of amino acids, beta-carotene, and fatty acids. That is why it is so healing and important for the skin.
Benefits of Using Centella Asiatica
Centella asiatica has several benefits for the skin. Mostly it is used for skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, redness, and roughness of the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of tiger grass repair dry skin, soothe it and hydrate it.
Some research shows that the extract of Centella asiatica can heal wounds, but also promote collagen production. This potentially leads to more elastic skin that can get rid of dead skin cells easily. The plant has the ability to protect skin molecules from degrading, so the skin stays wrinkle-free and keeps the skin from sagging.
A Word Of Caution
Side effects of using Centella asiatica are very rare. The most common one is an allergic reaction. You can notice a rash or other types of irritation on the skin. If that is the case, stop using products with Centella asiatica in it.
How to Use Centella Asiatica?
As with any other skincare product, you should incorporate centella asiatica slowly into your routine. When you search for products that contain this ingredient, make sure it is mixed with other ingredients. It is recommended to find centella asiatica in existing formulas.
You will usually find an extract of tiger grass in moisturizers, serums, or even some cleansers. Due to the gentle, anti-inflammatory properties of centella asiatica, you can use these skincare products twice a day.
Starting with Power Bomb essence, which is great for the beginning of the skincare routine. As the name says, this essence is powerful due to ingredients like snail mucin, centella asiatica, and niacinamide. It is one of the main products for achieving porcelain or Korean glass skin.
Follow with a Luminous Puch serum, perfect for skin renewal, cell turnover, and protecting and healing your skin. With ingredients like niacinamide, a natural source of vitamin C, and centella asiatica this serum is great for all skin types and all ages.