For many of us, Centella asiatica is a trendy ingredient that’s brand-new to the skincare industry. But what if we informed you that people have used it for thousands of years?
Centella asiatica, a perennial herb primarily cultivate in Asia, grows in boggy, marshy areas. And while it’s become increasingly popular in cosmetic products, it’s traditionally used in both food and several systems of medicine, such as Southern Herbology in Vietnam, ayurvedic medicine in India, and hanbang in South Korea.
In a more contemporary context, Centella asiatica has been a staple in South Korean skincare for a few years now, and Centella asiatica products are often marketed as cica creams or tiger grass cream. And while U.S. brands have occasionally featured it, we are now witnessing a boom, coinciding with the growing international reputation of K-beauty.
Here’s a more in-depth breakdown of Centella asiatica’s potential benefits.
Plant-based ingredients, known for their anti-aging benefits, often attribute this to their contained antioxidants.
And in the case of Centella asiatica this is true. And yet, its properties appear to be a bit more complex than that.
Centella asiatica is rich in a type of antioxidant known as flavonoids, as well as an active compound known as madecassoside. Flavonoids neutralizes free radicals, madecassoside enhance blood circulation and collagen production.
And when it comes to keeping the skin firm and youthful, collagen is nothing to joke about. Collagen is one of the most important proteins in the human body, and it’s one of the main components of bones, skin, hair, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Collagen is sort of like the building blocks of our skin, and it’s what keeps our skin elastic and firm. But as we age, our bodies produce less collagen over time, often causing our skin to loosen and sag.
According to Advances in Dermatology and Allergology, Centella asiatica can boost collagen production by increasing fibroblasts, aiding in anti-aging.
Many of us require more than just occasional lotion to manage dry skin – we need additional skincare support!
So how can Centella asiatica help?
For those with highly irritable skin, Centella asiatica is more than gentle, in fact, it’s often an extremely soothing ingredient. In fact, history widely associates it with healing and nurturing.
This is likely due to its active compounds, known as asiaticosides. These asiaticosides are a type of saponin. Saponins offer numerous health benefits, with a special focus on asiaticosides for soothing red, itchy, inflamed skin.
In one study from The International Journal of Molecular Sciences, it was found that Centella asiatica helped reduce inflammation associated with eczema.
Plus, Centella asiatica is rich in beta-carotene, amino acids, and fatty acids, which are super soothing for sensitive, irritated skin.
When you have severe acne, it’s all too easy to reach a point where you just don’t want to try any more solutions. So many products just seem to make acne worse, especially in the case of harsh astringents.
Centella is anything but harsh, and yet, it may still help prevent the onset of breakouts! Theorists suggest that madecassic acid, an active compound, reduces acne inflammation and prevents acne scars.
While formal research on Centella asiatica as an acne treatment is only at its beginning, the evidence so far is promising.
In a study, Centella asiatica's madecassoside reduced P. acnes-induced inflammation, a key acne factor.
Centella Asiatica in Miracle 7-in1 Primer Serum
If you're keen on enhancing your beauty routine with this remarkable plant, it's readily available!
There’s an ever-growing number of products containing Centella asiatica, from creams to serums.
And with its soothing, skin-protecting properties, it only makes sense to have it on all day!
When we created our Miracle 7-in-1 Serum Primer, we deliberately looked to Korean skincare for our inspiration.
Besides centella, this serum-primer hybrid contains soothing, preserving botanicals like fermented ginseng, licorice, chamomile, and green tea.
Skin so naturally flawless, you might just rethink applying foundation!
The Miracle 7-in-1 Serum Primer effortlessly glides, imparting a velvety finish, restoring vitality, blurring imperfections, and plumping skin.