From wrinkles to pimples, this herb heals all.
Turns out the Fountain of Youth might actually be a herb. A small flowering plant indigenous to the wetlands of Asia and India called centella asiatica. For centuries centella asiatica has been a staple of traditional Asian and Ayurvedic medicine, used to treat almost every condition under the sun, from alleviating anxiety to healing wounds. And now all its amazing rejuvenating properties are being realized in modern Korean skincare.
Centella asiatica goes by many names, including pennywort, gotu kola and spade leaf. In India, centella is better known as tiger grass, because wounded tigers roll in the leaves to quicken healing. In Sri Lanka, it’s known as the “the herb of longevity” because elephants, renowned for their long life, eat the leaves of the plant. And in China, centella is listed under one of the “miracle elixirs of life.” Ok you get it, it’s a pretty cool plant.
Applied topically, centella asiatica is a unique skincare ingredient because of its diverse benefits. Centella asiatica can decrease inflammation, quicken healing, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen and improve circulation. So not only is it a powerful anti-aging ingredient, it’s also amazing at fighting acne and promoting healing. Whether you’re dealing with wrinkles or pimples, centella asiatica is your new go-to treatment.
Signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, begin with the loss of collagen. Collagen is what keeps our skin elasticity and youthful. However, collagen naturally diminishes as we age, but centella extract actually promotes collagen production, helping skin elastic and taut. Centella is also rich is skin-benefiting phyto-chemicals like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B1 and B2, niacin and carotene to keep skin looking bright and youthful.
Polatam Water Gel Extra Force Moisturizing Mask
This highly concentrated essence is full of essential anti-aging and hydrating ingredients like centella extract, oak tree sap and hyaluronic acid.
Dr. Jart + Ceramidin Liquid
Centella asiatica, along with ceramide, licorice root extract and aloe vera makes this liquid the perfect hydrating and anti-aging treatment.
Huxley Stay Sun Safe Sun Cream
Safe and gentle sunscreen full of skin-benefiting antioxidants like prickly pear seed oil extract and centella extract.
Remember those tigers? Yep, they were right. Centella asiatica does quicken the healing process. In a 2012 study, researchers found that centella extract facilitates the healing of incisions and burns. The plant's high level of antioxidants help boost circulation and strengthen the skin.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Cream
The ultimate solution for calming sensitive, irritated and inflamed skin. Heal damaged skin caused by dryness, irritation and inflammation. Formulated to enhance skin’s vitality and to support skin’s moisture barrier.
Cosrx Centella Water Alcohol-Free Toner
This is an ultra soothing formula. The key ingredient, centella asiatica leaf water, rejuvenates and heals skin while providing hydration.
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair™ Re-Cover SPF 30 PA++
Tiger grass is the star ingredient in this all-in-one solution that heals irritated skin, covers blemishes and protects skin against harmful UV rays.
Goodall Sensitive Relief Sun Cream SPF 35
On top of providing excellent sun protection, this mild, worry-free formula features centella asiatica and madecassoside extracts to soothe and heal sensitive skin. This sun cream is also great for alleviating redness and irritation.
Blemishes are basically inflamed skin and centella asiatica has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, making it a perfect ingredient to not only fight acne but also minimize acne scarring. Because centella asiatica is completely natural, it’s a gentle but effective alternative to fighting acne-prone skin.
Benton Honest Foaming Cleanser
A hypoallergenic foam cleanser that begins as a rich cream then turns into a luxurious lather with water. Made with honest and natural ingredients including centella extract.
Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream
The Centella Blemish Cream is an anti-inflammatory, moisturizing treatment that repairs and heals damaged skin from acne. Cream also provides sebum control which helps prevent future breakouts.
Goodal Refine Pore Modeling Mask
Also known as “rubber” mask, the Goodal modeling mask features pore-purifying ingredients such as willow bark extract, tea tree extract and centella asiatica extract. The essence includes cooling and soothing ingredients such as aloe extract and pearl extract.
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Written by Kait @ Ohlolly