Way back in 2013 we had Cara Delevingne open runway shows, hold perfume bottles and grace the front pages and editorial sheets of the world’s most glamorous magazines because she’s the “it” girl of the moment. We too have that in the skincare industry.
What is Centella Asiatica
Centella Asiatica has been in the limelight of the industry for years now, thanks to the booming market for Korean skincare, I bet it’ll only take some time before the big western brands catch up.
Cara has existed only for 28 years but Centella? This herbal plant that also goes by the name of Gotu Kola or Tiger Grass has been used as a cure-all for hundreds of years in the region of China, India, Africa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. This plant mainly grows in Asia such as India, Pakistan, Madagascar, equatorial Africa, central America, and the tropical regions of Oceania.
This plant has been used for a variety of medical and health-related purposes but this post talks mainly about its topical and cosmetic benefits.
Helps wounds and scars heal faster
- Various formulations of Centella Asiatica Extracts (CAE) in the forms of ointment, cream, and gel applied to the open wounds in rats (3x daily for 24 days) increased cellular proliferation and collagen synthesis at the wound site, as shown by an increase in collagen content and tensile strength. The most notable changes were noted when CAE was used in gel form.
- CAE is effected in the treatment of open wounds, infected wounds, and even in the cases of burns and postoperative hypertrophic scars (all of which are on the extreme side as compared to your acne problems). The compounds that aid the skin’s natural healing process includes asiatic acid, madecassic acid, asiaticoside, and madecassoside
Specifically, Asiaticoside a constituent in Centella Asiatica, aids in healing wounds by increasing the formation of collagen and new, healthier blood vessels. It also inhibits the inflammatory process, which can worsen the scars.
Effects on photoaging
Photoaging is defined by Webster’s as the cumulative detrimental effects like wrinkles or sun (dark) spots on the skin that result from long-term exposure to sunlight and especially UV light.
Centella Asiatica has been used as an effective agent against photoaging by enhancing the formation of type 1 collagen, the type that decreases with age.
A randomized controlled trial was done to see the results of the topical application of .1% madecassoside and 5% vitamin C over a 6-month period with a group of 20 participants ranging from 45-60 years old with photoaged skin. The six-month treatment resulted in a significant improvement in the firmness, elasticity, and skin hydration, which was confirmed by appropriate biometrological tests.
All in all, Centella Asiatica is an ingredient worth incorporating into the skincare products you use because of its benefits for your skin’s health. It has been shown to have powerful antioxidant properties and a rich source of amino acids, all of which are crucial to have a moisturized and healthy skin.
With all of the benefits, one can get from using Centella Asiatica, it seems like this ‘it ingredient’ will remain in the limelight of the skincare industry for a longer period of time.
However, do take note that Centella Asiatica is only one of the safe natural ingredients that do wonders for the skin, not to mention the synthetic ones like peptides. It is an ingredient rooted mainly in traditional medicine but is now hardly backed-up by science in contemporary times.
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