Ingredient Month: What is Centella Asiatica? And how does it Benefit the Skin?

Centella Asiatica

In the world of skincare, Centella Asiatica has been gaining popularity as an ingredient these past few years, especially in Korean beauty products. 

It’s certainly not a surprise as this ingredient has been around for hundreds of years for its wound treatment benefits, as well as burns, psoriasis and scleroderma.

Therefore, Centella Asiatica was naturally our first choice to kick start myeppo’s Ingredient Month. Throughout August, we will be exploring different beauty ingredients on a weekly basis.

Our star ingredient this month is also known as Gotu kola, Pennywort or Tiger Grass. In Southeast Asia, we call it Pegaga, and it looks like this:

Up close photo of the Centella Asiatica
Up close photo of the Centella Asiatica

What’s In Centella Asiatica?

Centella Asiatica contains active ingredients known as terpenoids, which make up around 8% of the weight of the plant.  

Based on studies, the magic of Centella Asiatica is mainly derived from four main active ingredients: asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside and madecassoside. They are either used in a product alone in pure form or as a combination known as Centella Asiatica extract and bring with them potential beauty benefits.

Benefits from Using Centella Asiatica 

Aside from wound healing benefits, what makes this ingredient a winner? Let’s find out!

1. Keeps Your Skin Moisturised

A 2016 study mentioned that Cica can be used in moisturising cosmetic formulations, which also complements the treatment for dry and sensitive skin. 

With a different formula containing various concentrations of the Centella Asiatica extract, the study showed that it could improve skin moisture by increasing skin surface hydration state and decreasing trans epidermal water loss (TEWL), which also helps in enhancing your skin barrier.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

Most of the results showed that when people use products that contain Centella Asiatica, it can help to soothe red and inflamed skin. This is because madecassoside has properties that help inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria. 

Also, in-vitro studies showed that asiaticoside increases migration rates and accelerates the attachment of skin cells, making this ingredient a winner for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin. 

3. Erase Signs of Ageing

Based on a random double-blind clinical trial, 20 female participants aged 45-60 with photoaged skin examined the impact of topically applied 0.1% madecassoside with 5% vitamin C on their skin. 

Centella Asiatica has been used as an effective anti-photoaging agent. The six-month treatment improved firmness, elasticity and skin hydration and was confirmed by appropriate biometeorological tests.
The skin condition improvement was due to madecassoside, which promotes collagen production, mainly enhancing type I collagen, which supports healthy hair, skin and nails.

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Do’s and Don’ts

An allergy towards Centella is extremely rare, and we at myeppo encourage you to always do a patch test. Understandably, it’s tempting with all the great benefits mentioned but it’s better to be safe!

The good thing about Centella Asiatica is that you can safely pair it with all the other ingredients. Based on the aforementioned clinical trial result, best to pair it with Vitamin C to boost collagen production. 

If your skin feels dry, especially after using acne treatment such as benzoyl peroxide, Cica can help you top up your skin hydration. This natural ingredient is so versatile!

Myeppo recommends: Centella Asiatica products

With all the great benefits from Cica, we want you to treat yourself to goodies at myeppo shop. 

To all UOB Credit Cards holders, you will get 15% off and 20% for Lady’s Card members on the platform. Here are three Centella Asiatica product recommendations:

1.  Holika Holika Less On Skin Redness Calming CICA Balm

This balm combines essential mineral ingredients such as Centella Asiatica extract and magnesium, which effectively soothe and relieve reddening skin. The balm is vegan and contains green, safety-grade ingredients such as EWG 1-2. It is safe and gentle for sensitive, irritated skin.

Holika Holika Less On Skin Redness Calming CICA Balm
Holika Holika Less On Skin Redness Calming CICA Balm
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2.  GUINOT Hydra Sensitive Serum

Cica can be included in a variety of products, and it’s in GUINOT Hydra Sensitive Serum. This serum will give your skin the tender loving care it needs, where it’s specially formulated for sensitive skin. With Centella Asiatica extract, it can calm irritation and fight free radicals leaving your skin renewed. 

GUINOT Hydra Sensitive Serum
GUINOT Hydra Sensitive Serum
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3. BABOR Deep Cleansing Pads (20pcs)

The Deep Cleansing Pads will deeply cleanse your skin while removing waterproof makeup and impurities. It’s also biodegradable and plant-based with Centella Asiatica extract that will help to promote the skin’s natural collagen formation and helps soothe skin irritation.

BABOR Deep Cleansing Pads
BABOR Deep Cleansing Pads
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