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Skincare Ingredient Spotlight: Centella Asiatica - The Miracle Plant for Your Skin

CEO Tinh Phung
Centella asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola and Indian pennywort, has been a staple in skincare for centuries. This powerful herb, native to Asian countries, is currently enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. Wondering...

Centella asiatica, also known as Gotu Kola and Indian pennywort, has been a staple in skincare for centuries. This powerful herb, native to Asian countries, is currently enjoying a well-deserved moment in the spotlight. Wondering what makes it so special? Let's delve into the science behind this trendy botanical ingredient.

The Origins and Benefits of Centella Asiatica

Traditionally used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Centella asiatica has a long history of healing and rejuvenating properties. Its leaves are even used in salads and drinks in some Asian countries. But what sets Centella asiatica apart are its active compounds called terpenoids.

These terpenoids, which make up about 8% of the plant's weight, have been extensively studied for their skincare benefits. The four main terpenoids found in Centella asiatica, namely asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside, and madecassoside, have been shown to promote skin health. They can be found in skincare products either individually or as a combination known as "Centella asiatica extract."

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Alongside these terpenoids, Centella asiatica also contains antioxidants, humectant moisturizers, and vitamins, which further enhance its skincare benefits.

The Healing Power of Centella Asiatica

One of Centella asiatica's most well-known properties is its remarkable ability to accelerate the healing process. Many Centella-based products feature the prefix "cica-" which refers to the plant's cicatrising or scar-forming abilities.

While most studies on Centella asiatica have been conducted in vitro or on animals, some clinical trials have shown promising results. For instance, a small trial found that a cream containing asiaticoside visibly improved crow's feet compared to a cream without it.

There have also been numerous studies on wound healing in rats, demonstrating that Centella asiatica extract and asiaticoside effectively aid in the healing of wounds. These compounds stimulate skin cell production, collagen synthesis, and have antibacterial properties. Additionally, they may enhance antioxidant activity and promote blood vessel formation.

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In vitro studies have shown that madecassoside can prevent hypertrophic scar and keloid formation, while asiaticoside has been found to help hypertrophic scars in a rabbit ear model. Furthermore, madecassoside has demonstrated its ability to prevent UV-induced hyperpigmentation in human skin samples.

Embracing the Power of Centella Asiatica in Your Skincare Routine

With its incredible healing properties, it's no wonder Centella asiatica has become a popular ingredient in skincare products. Many brands are harnessing its potential to create effective and innovative formulations.

One notable product is La Roche-Posay Cicaplast, which I've used for a while to heal inflamed skin, even before I realized its secret ingredient was Centella! This cream contains madecassoside along with copper, zinc, manganese, and a range of moisturizing ingredients to expedite the healing process.

Another favorite of mine is Bioderma Cicabio, which incorporates Centella-derived asiaticoside, asiatic acid, and madecassic acid, along with resveratrol and copper. This powerful combination promotes healing and controls bacteria, while Bioderma's patented Antalgicine reduces itching. The range offers both a Pommade and a Crème, each offering unique textures and applications for various skin needs.

Uspa Rejuvenating Micro-Exfoliant is another exciting product that combines Centella asiatica extract with salicylic acid and other botanicals for gentle yet effective exfoliation. Though I've only used it a few times, I'm already impressed by its texture and potential.

Dr. Jart's Cicapair range offers a serum and three creams (Re-Cover, Re.Pair, and one simply called Cream). These products contain Centella asiatica extract, along with the four key terpenoids and beneficial ingredients like niacinamide. The soothing properties and green tint of these products help neutralize redness, although they may be better suited for dry skin.

For those looking to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and dry skin, Pure Papaya Renew from Pure Papaya Care is a great option. This cream combines Centella asiatica, tamanu oil, and papaya to deliver nourishing and reparative benefits. Its vanilla fragrance and lightweight texture make it a pleasure to use, although it's important to note that some of its marketing claims may be overly hyped.

Share Your Centella Experience

Have you tried any Centella products? Which ones are your favorites? The skincare community thrives on shared experiences and recommendations, so please share your thoughts and insights!

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