Centella Asiatica, otherwise more commonly known as Cica, has made its appearance through the Korean beauty industry. Dr Jart+’s Cicapair line was one of the first to bring focus to this ingredient. Since its inauguration, many other brands have come to include this in their products.
What is Centella Asiatica?
Tiger Grass, Brahmi, Cica, Asiatic Pennywort, or Centella Asiatica. Whatever name you know it by, this medicinal plant has been used in Asia for years. As the story goes, tigers would roll around the plant to soothe their wounds after they were injured. As far as we know, this is just a fable. But there has been research that shows how this ingredient has helped accelerate the healing of incisions and burns.
What are the benefits of Cica in skincare products?
Thanks to its active compounds, Centella Asiatica has strong antioxidant properties and can also help soothe irritated skin. Cica is also packed with Vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. The medley of vitamins help stimulate collagen production and firm the skin. All while protecting it against external aggressors that cause skin damage. All this to say, if you’re concerned with dry, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, this ingredient should belong in your routine.
With maskne, it seems more of us are adapting to the norm of having irritated skin. Here are some of our favourite Centella Asiatica products that help soothe and tone down the redness.