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Dry, Irritated Skin? Meet Centella Asiatica

January 1 | 2 minute read

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Words by Ruby Devlin

Originally published on | February 11

K-Beauty has given us so many good things – glass skin, essences, snail mucin – but one of the best has to be Centella asiatica.

Known for it’s soothing and plumping properties Centella asiatica is a beloved ingredient to all those in the know, particularly those with dryer, more irritated skin.

This herb has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years as a treatment to speed up wound healing, and reduce the appearance of redness.

Today, Centella asiatica is utilised for the above and has other benefits for irritated or thirsty skin! Ready to learn more?

What is Centella asiatica?

Centella asiatica is a herb that's native to Asia, but can also be found in parts of Eastern Europe, Central America, and South and East Africa.

It’s listed by plenty of other names on ingredient lists, including cica, gotu kola, Indian pennywort, Brahmi, and tiger grass.

What are the benefits of Centella asiatica for the skin?

Centella asiatica is primarily an antioxidant that helps to soothe irritated skin.

This antioxidant will also improve hydration in the skin’s surface and support the skin's collagen and elastin.- resulting in more hydrated, plumper skin.

What skin types can use Centella asiatica?

Centella asiatica loves all skin types, from dry and irritated, to sensitive.

It might also benefit congested skin types, thanks to the soothing powers, which can calm and whilst visibly brightening the skin.

And for anyone that might have overdone the exfoliating acids and is experiencing the fall out (hello compromised moisture barrier, irritation and dryness), Centella asiatica will get to work repairing that barrier.

How do you use Centella asiatica in your skincare routine?

There are so many Centella asiatica products available, from wash-off cleansers and masks, to leave-on serums, toners, moisturisers, balms and creams.

It's the leave-on products (like moisturisers and serums) that can often produce the best results, as it gives skin time to absorb the benefits.

And if you're using strong actives and experiencing irritation, using Centella asiatica alongside those can soothe and hydrate the skin.

Are there any ingredients that work well when used with Centella asiatica?

Pair Centella asiatica with moisturising ingredients like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, and you'll both improve hydration and help to turbocharge your skin's water retention capabilities.
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