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Centella Asiatica: The Ancient Herb Making A Comeback In Modern Skincare

January 12, 2024

This ancient herb, also known as Gotu Kola and affectionately nicknamed "Cica" in Korean skincare, is far from a passing trend. Used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, Centella asiatica is finally getting the recognition it deserves in the world of modern skincare. So, what makes this wonder plant so remarkable, and how can it revolutionise your skincare routine?

What is Centella asiatica?

Originating from Southeast Asia, Centella asiatica is a diminutive, leafy plant that flourishes in moist, marshy environments. Aslo known as Gotu Kola, it has been highly esteemed as a medicinal plant across the Orient, particularly in treating infectious skin ailments and expediting the healing process for ulcers and wounds.

How Centella asiatica works

Functioning as an 'adaptogen,' Centella asiatica aids the skin in adapting to and shielding itself from environmental stressors. Its active components, triterpenoid saponins or centelloids, most notably asiaticoside, madecassoside, asiatic and andmadecassic acid, hold the key to its skin-enhancing properties.

These compounds are anti-inflammatory agents, facilitators of wound healing, contributors to anti-aging effects, and boosters of skin moisture.

Skin benefits of Centella asiatica

Centella for acne prone skin

Centella asiatica exhibits a calming effect on acne-prone skin, reducing inflammation, redness, and accelerating the healing of acne-related wounds, thereby minimising scarring.

Centella for sensitive and reactive skin

Known for its calming and soothing nature, Centella proves beneficial for sensitive or reactive skin types.

Hydration and the skin barrier

Enhancing the skin's natural barrier, Centella locks in moisture while stimulating the production of hyaluronic acid.


Madecassoside, a core compound, stimulates collagen production, contributing to plumper and firmer skin.

Wound healing

By promoting fibroblast proliferation and collagen synthesis, it strengthens newly formed skin and mitigates the inflammatory phase of scars like keloids.

Beyond these benefits, studies suggest its potential efficacy in addressing skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and even cellulite due to its anti-inflammatory and cell metabolism-regulating properties.

Cica and its role in k-beauty

In the realm of Korean skincare, Cica is a star ingredient due to its gentle yet effective nature. Often featured in creams, serums, toners, and masks, its presence is denoted by the catchy term "Cica." Given its gentle nature, it suits all skin types, especially those prone to sensitivity - a common concern in Korea due to environment alfactors.

Embracing Centella asiatica

Centella asiatica is more than just a trendy ingredient; it's a game-changer for healthy, radiant skin. Whether you're looking to combat aging, boost hydration, soothe irritation, or simply improve your skin's overall health, this ancient herb is worth adding to your skincare arsenal. Here's to a journey towards happier, healthier skin!

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Natural skincare brand Amaranthine's founder, Sarah Rueger.

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Sarah is the founder of certified palm oil free natural skincare brand Amaranthine. She is a qualified organic skincare formulator and has diplomas in Beauty Therapy and Clinical Aromatherapy.