Centella Asiatica, also known as “Gotu Kola”, “Pennywort” or “Wild Violet”. Centella Asiatica is a botanical herb that grows in temperate and tropical swampy areas. It becomes more popular to be used as a natural skincare ingredient. Let’s discover the skin benefits of Centella Asiatica!
Centella Asiatica contains a lot of Flavonoids and an active compound called “Madecassoside”, which serves as antioxidants that help neutralize the free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution exposure. They also improve blood circulation and the synthesis of collagen and skin tissue for maintaining a youthful complexion. Collagen also plays a key role to enhance skin elasticity and reduce the signs of aging like wrinkles and fine lines.
Centella Asiatica is rich in Amino Acids, Beta Carotene, Fatty Acids, and Phytochemicals, which provide powerful nutrients for the skin. Amino Acids is a great hydrating ingredient to soothe rough and irritated skin.
The main active constituents of Centella Asiatica are saponins known as asiaticosides, which have soothing and healing properties. Centella Asiatica is ideal to restore your skin’s moisture barrier so it can protect itself from breaking down even more, especially for sensitive skin which is red, inflamed, irritated or itchy. It helps reduce the visible signs of skin sensitivity such as itching and burning significantly.
Centella Asiatica is beneficial in the management of eczema, psoriasis, veins, and stretch marks. For acne sufferers, it speeds healing, helping to reduce inflammation, prevent dark spots, scarring and prevent future blemishes. Centella Asiatica contains “Madecassoside” that boosts antioxidant activity at the site of wounds, strengthening the skin and increasing blood circulation.
(1) Skincare Products
Centella Asiatica has been used as a natural skincare ingredient extensively in recent years. This natural botanical herb first started appearing in South Korean Cica Creams. Now, Cica Creams became cornerstones of K-beauty ritual because of their noticeable soothing benefits. The extract of Centella Asiatica “Madecassoside” is also sold as Madécassol Cream in France.
(2) Topical Medications
Centella Asiatica can be used as topical medications for burns, stretch marks, raised scars, inflammation and leprosy.
(3) Oral Medications/ Dietary Supplements
Centella Asiatica oral medications or dietary supplements can help improve blood circulation and reduce swelling.
Suggested Dosage of Centella Asiatica
(1) Centella Asiatica extract for poor blood circulation/vein problems: 60mg orally two to three times daily
(2) Centella Asiatica topical cream for burns: Apply 3% Centella Asiatica cream daily
***Please consult your doctor before using the medications***
Although Centella Asiatica Extract is a natural ingredient and allergies are rare, it is possible to be allergic. It may cause itchiness and redness. It would be great to do a patch test behind your ear or on your arm for a few days before applying to your face. For oral intake of Centella Asiatica, it may cause nausea and stomach pain.