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?
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
Purito Centella Unscented Serum
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.
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!