What is exciting today? A Korean Natural Ingredient is getting the right attention and has been loved by many skincare lovers especially those of us with sensitive skin and that’s what you need to know before the end of 2021. Yes, it’s Centella Asiatica! This might not be new if you are a huge fan of Korean skincare. But did you really know how it works and benefits your skin? Let’s get down to it in three minutes.
Centella Asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola, is a natural botanical herb that has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years in Asia. Due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticellulite, and anti-aging benefits, Centella Asiatica is widely used as an active compound in many skincare products. Firstly found in skincare products by South Korea (K-beauty industry), it is often labeled as “Cica”. In France, you can buy the Centella Asiatica extract “Madecassoside” as Madécassol Cream.
Suitable for any skin type, the extract of Centella Asiatica has a rich source of natural bioactive substances, triterpenoid saponins, flavonoids, phenolic acids, amino acids, and sugar. This makes it a powerhouse ingredient in boosting skin hydration and is also known for soothing rough and irritated skin. Thus, Centella Asiatica extract can be used in moisturizing formulations and also go along with the treatment of dry and sensitive skin.
Meanwhile, Centella Asiatica is also a helping hand for those with acne-prone skin and tired skin, too. Madecassoside, another active component of Centella Asiatica, has properties that prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria and they work great against redness and irritation. Serving as antioxidants in skincare, they help neutralize the free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution exposure. While helping the skin’s collagen production, regular use of Centella Asiatica maintains a youthful complexion and reduces the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
All the Centella Asiatica extracts help the wound healing process in both scars and burn wounds. Asiatic acid in the ethyl acetate extract is the most active component for healing the wound and repairing the skin barrier. This skin lovely ingredient also strengthens the skin and even helps to prevent scarring and future blemishes.
Just like everything has pros and cons; the same goes for Centella Asiatica extract. The ingredient itself is not toxic but some may find it allergic. So if you are new to Centella Asiatica, when being blessed with calming inflamed or sensitive skin, a patch test behind your ear or on your inner arm is suggested to make sure if you have no reaction before applying the product to your face. Or if you have unique skin concerns, you may go for a dermatologist to get promising recommendations.
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