Updated: Jun 24, 2020
If you’re someone who suffers from sensitive skin, Centella Asiatica probably sounds intriguing from the start. Board-certified dermatologist Rajani Katta, M.D. thinks the same. It’s a trendy ingredient right now that seems to be popping up all over the skincare market. While science is still gathering information on this ingredient, the data is growing to support it as a benefit to skincare.
Here are the top six ways that Centella Asiatica can boost your current routine!
What is Centella Asiatica?
Centella Asiatica is a tropical plant native to Southeast Asia. Also known as 'Gotu Kola', it’s been utilized as a medicinal herb to treat ailments like psoriasis, varicose ulcers, eczema, lupus, and leprosy. It is considered beneficial as it is composed of saponins and also includes fatty acids, beta carotene, flavonoids, vitamin B, vitamin C, and amino acids.
Skincare benefits of Centella Asiatica
1. It is soothing
When you have sensitive skin, it’s often red, itchy, inflamed, and irritated. The primary active ingredient in Centella Asiatica is called saponins which are known for their soothing and healing properties. These allow relief from the itching and burning sensations you feel constantly. Ava Shamban, M.D., a dermatologist and founder of SkinFive Clinics and Ava MD Dermatology in LA says,
“It is well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin.”
2. It is anti-aging
Centella Asiatica increases collagen production, which means you can use it to help stop aging in its tracks. Collagen production and aging are linked because the amount of collagen you produce, as you age, decreases. Any products that you can utilize to boost that will have your skin glowing.
One study was performed where 0.1% madecassoside (a component found in Centella Asiatica) was combined with 5% Vitamin C.
When 20 female participants applied this combination to their skin topically for 6 months, they found their skin had greater elasticity, hydration, and firmness.
This was also confirmed by biometrical tests.
3. It is moisturizing
Perhaps you’re just looking for a great daily moisturizer with other benefits (like anti-aging!). Centella Asiatica may just be everything you’re seeking. Centella Asiatica is full of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids, and more. Its nutrients are perfectly suited to soothe and moisturize skin. If your skin is prone to become rough and irritated, Centella Asiatica is an excellent solution.
4. It increases the production of collagen
Centella Asiatica boosts collagen production as discussed in the anti-aging section. However, as collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body, this doesn’t just have an impact on how old you look. It impacts your blood clotting ability and skin appearance overall, which means that individuals seek increased collagen production to address a number of skincare issues. For instance, wound healing is an occurrence that is generally sped up with increased collagen production.
5. It reduces inflammation
Perhaps you’ve always had rosy red cheeks. But, as an adult, it’s not as cute as it once was. If you’re constantly dealing with red skin, Centella Asiatica can help. The same properties that enable Centella Asiatica to produce additional collagen in the body help it to reduce inflammation. Reclaim the skin you’ve been missing!
6. It helps reduce cellulite and stretch marks
Women know the struggle with cellulite and stretch marks as our bodies age. Cellulite is caused by a decrease in the integrity of connective tissue that causes the fat to “bulge” through the connective tissue and constrict the small blood vessels. As a result, the skin appears dimpled and lumpy. This happens to numerous women as they age and often contributes to a lower self-image. Likewise, women who undergo pregnancy often get stretch marks on their abdomen and breasts. These changes to the body, while entirely normal, are often undesired.
Fortunately, Centella Asiatica can help counteract some of these changes. One study showed that applying a Centella Asiatica extract four times a day over a period of a few months helped cellulite in 85% of cases. Another study showed that Centella Asiatica (applied topically) helped to reduce the percentage of women who were impacted by stretch marks during pregnancy.
Now that you’re acquainted with the skincare benefits of Centella Asiatica, you can invest in these products that do not just contain Centella but also a blend of other skin beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin C, E, and Hyaluronic Acid.
Centella Asiatica may be a “trend,” but you’ll be shocked at how well it fits into your skincare routine. There’s a reason it’s been loved in international and traditional medicine for as long as it has. Use it to your advantage as you serve your dry, sensitive skin.
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As featured in Her World, CLEO, FEMALE, Shape, Nuyou, Singapore Women’s Weekly, Daily Vanity, Layers of Skins.