Benefits of using Centella Asiatica in your skincare routine

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Centella asiatica is a plant/herb-based skincare ingredient that has been around for centuries, especially in Asian countries. Only now has it received tons and tons of consumer attention – and rightfully so! This unique ingredient offers unparalleled skin benefits, so keep reading to find out why!

What is centella asiatica?

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Long story short, centella asiatica has been used for centuries in Asian countries such as India, China and the Indonesian islands. The plant is also known as cica, tiger grass, or even Gotu Kola. It’s a medicinal herb that was used for wound healing and treatment of numerous skin conditions (e.g., eczema).

It is a greatly effective property because it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and humectant moisturizers. Paula’s Choice states that there’s “evidence that products with centella asiatica can help revitalize [the] skin’s protective barrier, plus it may mitigate some of the visible effects of sun damage.”

I have reactive skin, meaning it gets easily red from irritation. Whether my boyfriend’s beard touches my face (ugh), my kitty showers me with kisses, or even when I’m finished with my highly-intensive workouts.

Benefits of centella asiatica

 Let’s keep it short and sweet:

  • Centella improves the outcome of healing and scar formation due to its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. For those who have acne-prone skin, cica speeds up the healing and prevents future blemishes and scarring.

  • It soothes irritated and sensitive skin which, in turn, strengthens the skin barrier.

  • It’s beneficial for those who have eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and even stretch marks.

  • Cica improves circulation in the skin, as well as the production of collagen and skin tissue, which makes it a great anti-aging skincare ingredient

Product recommendations

Purito Centella Unscented SerumPurito_Centella_asiatica_serum-removebg-preview.png

(They have a fragrance-free version, toner, eye cream and a moisturizer too)

Purito’s serum is made out of 49% centella asiatica extract as well as being alcohol, fragrance, and essential oil-free. What also drew me in was the fact that it contains functional ingredients such as niacinamide, green tea (camellia sinensis leaf extract), and ceramides NP, just to name a few!

Purito’s serum claims that it strengthens and restores the skins barrier and soothes surface irritation. If you have sensitive and/or reactive skin, this could be a highly attractive option for you. I prefer to use this serum in the AM to calm down any redness in my face. Trust me, I’m a tomato after my work outs and showers.

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Dr Jart+ also has a great centella asiatica line called Cicapair, that includes a serum, moisturizers (both cream and gel version), and an intensive night mask.

I used their gel cream and although it helped noticeably with my redness. It left my skin quite oily throughout the day, even though the gel cream is meant for oily skin type. I recommend this brand’s product line creams for individuals who classify themselves as having a normal to dry skin type.

The results from this product didn’t necessarily justify the high price point. More specifically, I wanted to see my skin achieve a bit more of a balanced aesthetic. I looked like a greaseball (YIKES). Again, these are MY personal results based, so I presume that results would vary.

The good news is that many options do exist in the marketplace that include this ingredient, with seemingly more coming out by the day. What’s interesting is that some products may contain cica in their ingredient list but won’t have it listed on their front packaging. This is where your knowledge and due diligence come in handy.


Let me know in the comments if you’re using any of the products I’ve mentioned and your impressions of them. Or, as always, feel free to share any of your faves I may have missed.

Until next time!

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10 Comments

  • Natalie Richardson says:

    Great post Fleur – thank you for sharing this information!

  • Dutchie says:

    Thanks for publishing such informative article, Fleur. In Europe we adore the sun and using SPF is not a very common thing. Also, I remember that in the early days, SPF didn’t go higher than 30 and we only used it while on the beach. And when someone got a sun burn, we just laughed and put slices of cucumber on it to cool it down. You are absolutely right, we need to include SPF in our daily skin routine. Now one more challenge to go: introduce this to my husband.

    • Fleur Boomsma says:

      Thank you for sharing this little story! If we can normalize the use of sunscreen a lot of skin cancer could be prevented! Luckily the skincare companies are getting more innovative with their formulas to make sunscreen attractive for everyone of all skin colors/conditions/types!

  • Eva B says:

    So informative! Thank you for the sunscreen recommendations xx

  • Jennifer says:

    Sunscreen can save your life!!

  • Sue says:

    Your hair looks lovely. I want to try this now.

  • Celine says:

    Hello! I want to ask, after using the innisfree super volcanic mask, you rinse it off and then do you apply your skincare after that? or do you just leave your bare face after rinsing the clay mask off?

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