Ingredient Spotlight: Centella Asiatica — The Must-Have Ingredient in Your Skincare Routine
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Creating a buzz in Korean skincare, Centella Asiatica is in our ingredient spotlight right now. Having been used in traditional Chinese medicine for so long, it is now recently been incorporated in skincare products because of its wound healing capacity and its high antioxidant content.
What is Centella Asiatica?
Centella Asiatica, also known as Cica, Gotu Kola, Indian pennywort or Tiger grass, is a perennial herb primarily found in shady and damp areas in Asia. It grows up to 6 inches in height and is also dubbed as one of the “miracle elixirs of life” because of its medicinal properties.
Cica is an effective anti-aging product, and a miracle worker for acne-prone skin.
Nowadays, its extract is being used in various Korean skincare products because of its antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory aspects. According to scientific studies, its active compound, particularly madecassoside, serves as an antioxidant. This means that it aids your skin in healing from cell damage which in turn decreases the adverse effects of aging on your skin. As Cica is also a rich source of amino acids, it also provides hydration. A good hydrating ingredient helps restores moisture and soothes your skin. Furthermore, its active compound Madecassic acid is known to help suppress inflammation by inhibiting certain enzymes responsible for irritation and redness. So if your skin is an acne-prone one and you regularly deal with irritation and redness, cica is the one you should be looking for in the ingredients list.
From cleansers to toners to serums and creams, there’s no doubt that the use of Cica as an ingredient in K-beauty products is not just a fad and is definitely here to stay. Here are some recommended Korean skincare products that include Centella Asiatica.
A mild acidic cleanser formulated with 69% centella asiatica leaf water that cleanses with a soft foam that cleanses impurities while it strengthens and moisturizes your skin. IUNIK Centella Bubble Cleansing Foam is suitable for all skin types.
“Its gentle to the skin and makes my skin smooth. Suitable for sensitive skin like me. I have just started using it for a few days but I'm starting to like it. I have an acne prone skin and I notice my pimples lessen and shrink when I started using it as well as with my other skincare routine. Though it still needs a few weeks to see the results and effectivity but my skin likes it. I definitely recommend it." - Beth A. (from unique4u.net)
A gentle toner that heals, refines and soothes your distressed skin with Madecassoside and Panthenol. Rovectin Cica Care Purifying Toner is suitable especially for sensitive or damaged skin.
“I've used it for 2-3 weeks and I feel that this toner works well to calm my skin. I use it AM and PM after my face cleansing routine. It helps to remove some dirt that still left on my face. My face feels fresh and ready to get some essence and serum afterwards.” - Rhonita Andarini (from hikoco.co.nz)
An ampule that contains 80% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water that calms skin irritation and redness while it promotes hydration and collagen production. COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule is suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
“Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampule was amazing 😍. It helped with my cystic and regular acne. It sped up the healing and it helped prevent further acne. Price is amazing. Only down size, why are you so small?” - Blanckittyy Y. (from influenster.com)
A lightweight serum, formulated with 49% Centella Asiatica extract that promotes collagen synthesis and calms irritated skin. Purito Centella Green Level Buffet Serum is suitable especially for sensitive skin.
“I love how PURITO Centella Serum was able to calm my irritated and dehydrated skin quickly. In fact, it healed my dry patches within 2 days. As I jog frequently, I find myself religiously applying this just before a jog, on cleansed skin. So far, I've remained pimple-free using this serum.” - mBC L. (from influenster.com)
A spot treatment cream formulated with Centella Asiatica that reduces and heals blemishes as it calms redness, inflammation, and irritation on troubled areas of skin while keeping it moisturized. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream is suitable for all skin types.
“I really hope I don't jinx it, but this has become my cure for my (really bad) acne. There was a time I started getting acne on my chin area (for the first time) and this product helped me mellow it down. Teamwork between this and epiduo though! It also doesn't sting my acne unlike my epiduo! Not to mention, it reduces my acne marks. I love this so much.” - Bianca
A moisturizing cream formulated with 1.05% Centella extract that soothes and heals troubled and irritated skin while it reduces the appearance of blemishes and hyperpigmentation. Jumiso Have A Good Cream Snail and Centella is especially suitable for sensitive skin types.
EASILY MY FAVORITE
“I really, really loved this moisturizer. The texture is very light and airy. It never felt heavy or hard to soak in once. It easily absorbed into my skin instantly soothing it. I could tell the Snail Secretion and Centella Asiatica worked quickly to soothe and ease the redness in my cheeks. It left my skin with a nice cooling feeling.” - Maria I.
A lightweight gel moisturizer formulated with 70% Centella Asiatica Leaf Water that relieves inflammation while it provides hydration for the skin. IUNIK Centella Calming Gel Cream is suitable for troubled, sensitive skin.
“okay, i am beginning to love this product!! i usually apply it as my last step on my pm routine like a sleeping pack. it has a cooling and calming effect after application, it locks everything in and helps calm the skin too. and i love it!” - Pips C
A non-greasy, lightweight cream formulated with 50% Centella Asiatica extract that calms skin problems and stimulates collagen formation for lightening dark spots and moisturizing skin. Purito Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is suitable for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin.
“This moisturizing non-greasy cream creates a protective barrier for the skin. The cream absorbs very quickly and I like that after use there is no unpleasant sticky or greasy film, and this cream will work even if you have sensitive skin, and it restores the skin very well after using products with acids. The skin becomes very soft and velvety to the touch, and the cream also provides moisture and nutrition that any skin needs at any time. Can be used in the morning as a makeup base, as the cream does not conflict and does not roll.” - Jabberwocks (from skincarisma.com)
A rich moisturizing cream formulated with TECA (Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica) that soothes tired, stressed and damaged skin while it heals and promotes skin regeneration. Centellian 24 Madeca Cream Centella Hydrating Formula is suitable for all skin types.
“Great anti-aging cream. When my skin is stressed this is a miracle worker.” - Pennie Weber (from amazon.com)
A concentrated balm that uses Madecassoside and Calamine to soothe and revitalize irritated skin fast. Rovectin Cica Care Balm is especially suitable for troubled, sensitive skin.
“I wanted to wait to see how it reacts to my skin for 10 days before leaving a review on it. I initially recommended by a friend of mine who knows I have very sensitive skin. After using it for 10 days, I was able to see the changes on my skin immediately. It really worked well. My skin feels so hydrated and I hardly felt the dryness on my face. I would definitely recommend it to others!” - Hyewon J. (from amazon.com)
A balm containing Panthenol and Madecassoside that calms, hydrates and heals damaged skin. Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthensoside Cica Balm is suitable for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin.
“If you have sore spots or sore acne on your face, this will help sooth them instantly. It is very calming to my skin, and very numbing. Helps heal any irritation very quickly. Definitely recommend to anyone with very open sore spots or any spots on your face that just need a little soothing!” - Anna M. (from influenster.com)
Not a skincare product but still contains Centella Asiatica extract, it is a multitasking foundation that provides excellent coverage while it helps calm and heal acne-prone skin. COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion is suitable for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin.
“MY FAVORITE CUSHION!!
This product is perfect for my sensitive and acne-prone skin. When I first tried it, I was really surprised on its coverage. I love it!! I also didn't breakout. This is highly recommended!!” - Car Delrosario
Skincare products are only as good as the ingredients used to create them, and Centella Asiatica or Cica is by all means an essential one to include for moisturizing, healing and rejuvenating one’s skin. So next time you’re on the lookout for new skincare products to incorporate in your beauty routine, don’t forget to check their ingredients for Cica. This miracle elixir of life is surely a skin saver.