“Not a Fad, Not a Trend”,
Centella Asiatica is Here to Stay
I don’t know if you know me, but I’m kind of a big deal.
_ Centella Asiatica
There’s currently a Centella craze with more and more Korean brands releasing their own skincare lines hero-ing centalla asiatica – and I don’t think it’s slowing down any time soon.
Oh sorry, pardon me for not introducing you first. Formally called Centella Asiatica, it is more commonly known as “Cica.” It also goes by “Tiger Grass” as legend says that tigers would roll around in the perennial herb after a battle in an effort to soothe and heal their wounds. Growing primarily in Asia, this plant has had its history of culinary and medicinal functions and has now evolved into entering the skincare game in the last decade.
Thanks to its active compounds such as madecassoside, madecassic acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic acid, etc., the benefits are reliable, serving as an antioxidant enriched with amino acids to soothe compromised, irritated skin and revitalise the skin’s protective barrier. There have been studies conducted around Centella Asiatica providing evidence that there have been visible benefits in topical skincare applications. Additionally, extra brownie points for centalla as it is also safe to be used during pregnancy, however, double check with your doctor or a dermatologist to make sure that all the ingredients in that particular product are safe.
COSRX, Benton, PURITO, The Face Shop all have a skincare lines dedicated to the key ingredient, Centalla Asiatica.
COSRX made this particularly easy with their release of an entire CICA line including a cleanser, toner, serum, powder and cream. With the entire line formulated with CICA-7 Complex, a COSRX patented formula, using not one, not two, not even 5 but 7(!!!) Centella Asiatica ingredients. We’ll even list them all: Centella Asiatica Extract, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Root Extract, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid and Madecassoside.
If you know your skin is a big fan of Centella Asiatica, take it to the next level with COSRX with this easily decipherable CICA line.
If your skin isn’t prone to irritation and you just need a quick pick-me-up, take a look at Benton’s Goodbye Redness Centella Mask that will have your redness disappear before you can even finish learning how to pronounce “Asiaticoside.” Benton has you covered for these times of emergency with this fantastic product to be used twice a week for sensitive and blemished skin to re-hydrate and soothe the skin.
Like COSRX, Purito has their dedicated line with Centella Asiatica as the hero ingredient with two toners, two serums, an eye cream, a cream, two sunscreens, a sleeping mask and pimple patches. With such an extensive CICA range, there is something for everyone to explore. Purito especially caters to those with sensitive skin with their “unscented” duplicates of popular items such as the toner, serum and sunscreen.
PURITO Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen. Need I say more? This product has been booming all over Tiktok and YouTube, and for perfect reason. If you couldn’t use sunscreen because you were put off by its strong scent or because your skin doesn’t take well to natural essential oils, you should give this little guy a shot. The new cica-care enhances the skin barrier to provide better protection from strong ultraviolet rays and external stimuli. If applying sunscreen before makeup was a burden because of the white cast and the tacky feeling, PURITO Centella Unscented is the right product for you, as it spreads in a thin, transparent layer and doesn’t leave a heavy finish on the skin.
The PURITO Centella Serum in both “original” and “unscented” formula is also a hot hit containing a whopping 49% Centella Extract to promote collagen synthesis and activates cell tissues to calm trouble scars. Other power ingredients including Niacinamide, Ceramide and Sodium Hyaluronate are all infused in both serums too.
The PURITO All Care Recovery Spot Patch that has an anti-inflammatory effect and fast care of acne without scarring, offering solutions to everything, from soothing of pimples in their early stages, to extraction of comedo and acne wound care after popping pimples.
The Face Shop doesn’t fall short in the CICA department with their trusty, premium Dr. Belmeur Advanced CICA Recovery Cream made for all skin types perfect for building up that compromised skin barrier with extra ingredients such as Panthenol and Ceramide. The texture of this cream leans towards the thicker side, however, it leaves your skin feeling comfortable and smooth. If you’re worried about the texture being too heavy for daily wear, a good substitute from the same line is the Advanced CICA Emulsion giving a much lighter sensation.
Feeling emotionally and externally irritated? Because same. But don’t worry, Centella Asiatica has your back and you’ll be saying “BYE FELICIA” to skin irritations and redness. Trust me, CICA walks the walk and talks the talk so it’s definitely a power ingredient anyone should get excited seeing in their skincare products.