I have learnt the importance of being aware of what i am applying on my skin - what ingredient is in the product and how will that ingredient benefit my skin. I have a few ingredients which i know my skin loves. One of it is Centella Asiatica Extract which is a plant-based ingredient found in many recent skincare products!
Also known as Gotu Kola, Indian Pennywort, Cica, Madecassoside or Tiger Grass, Centella Asiatica Extract is gaining traction for its skin soothing properties.
It really does have many, many benefits for your skin. Many scientific studies have shown that it has powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Centella Asiatica Extract in your skincare products can help treat many acne scarring, diminish fine lines, calms redness and inflammation, promote collagen synthesis and more!
1. Centella Asiatica Improves The Skin’s Moisture Barrier
Many studies have shown that applying products with Centella Asiatica Extract for 4 weeks, improves the hydration of the skin’s moisture barrier (stratum corneum) by 25%. This is mainly due to the molecular structure of the saponins in Centella Asiatica – which have the ability to bind water within an occlusive layer – therefore reducing the amount of trans-epidermal water loss.
2. Centella Asiatica Accelerates Wound Healing and Prevents Acne Scarring
Centella is also a great ingredient to include in your skincare routine if you have acne-prone skin. This is because the active constituents of Centella asiatica speed up wound healing and decrease inflammation by stimulating the production of collagen.
A lot of the Korean skincare products targeted for acne-prone skin contain Centella asiatica – or one of it’s derivatives.
This is because Centella helps to heal pimples faster while preventing acne scarring.
3. Centella Asiatica Extract Reduces Premature Skin Aging
Centella Asiatica has also been shown to increase collagen production and improve skin firmness and elasticity– making it a powerful anti-aging ingredient.
This study found that the compound Madecassoside (found in Centella asiatica) reverses photo-ageing of the skin (such as sunspots) by significantly improving deep and superficial wrinkles, suppleness, firmness, roughness and skin hydration.
4. Centella Asiatica Extract Helps Calm Irritated and Sensitive Skin
It has a protective effect on the skin, reducing its sensitivity to irritants due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of the compounds found in Centella – which reduce skin redness (erythema), decrease trans-epidermal water loss and allow the skin to return to optimal pH after exposure to irritants.
If you have sensitive skin that gets irritated easily, a Centella product could help to calm and soothe your skin while reducing redness!
Here are some Products containing Centella Asiatica Extract which i highly recommend!