It’s one of K-Beauty’s favourite new ingredients, but what is Centella Asiatica and why should we love it too?
STYLE STORY investigates!
WHAT IS CENTELLA ASIATICA?
Centella Asiatica is a plant that grows in the marshy soils of Southeast Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Containing proteins, beta-carotene, essential fatty acids, and phytochemicals, it’s known for its restorative effects and wound healing characteristics.
WHY IS CENTELLA ASIATICA GOOD FOR SKIN?
In beauty products, Centella Asiatica is used for its smoothing, soothing and purifying properties.
Circulation and Regeneration
The leaves of the Centella Asiatica plant are known to have positive benefits on microcirculation and can help calm and regenerate skin.
The plant also includes chemicals that increase wound restoration, as it enhances antioxidant activity at the site of the wound, conditioning skin and increasing blood flow.
Centella Asiatica is also thought to inhibit scar tissue formation and boost the healing process, which can assist in resolving the scars caused by pimples.
The three main components of Centella Asiatica increase both collagen and hydroxyproline, and are believed to assist in promoting cell proliferation. Collagen in particular is essential for keeping skin elastic and youthful.
Treating skin irritations and issues
Centella Asiatica is excellent at treating eczema, psoriasis, blood vessels and stretch marks.
OUR FAVOURITE K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS WITH CENTELLA ASIATICA
Korean Beauty has well and truly fallen for Centella Asiastica – and so have we! STYLE STORY’s favourite K-Beauty picks starring this trusty plant include:
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampoule – perfect for those suffering from stressed-out skin, this is a K-Beauty serum infused with Centella Asiatica. It provides an intense treatment to weak, damaged, irritated, sensitive and problem skin.
Thank You Farmer True Water Serum – a cruelty-free K-Beauty serum, this quenches skin’s thirst with a blend of botanical extracts (including Centella Asiatica). It is designed to increase hydration, elasticity, firmness and suppleness.
COSRX Clear Fit Blemish Cushion – especially designed to cover acne prone skin, COSRX’s star Korean BB Cushion calms and soothes as it covers to provide the perfect care for troubled skin. C entella Asiatica leaf water is one of the star ingredients.
COSRX Centella Water Alcohol Free Toner – designed for acne, trouble skin or sensitive skin, the soothing formula in COSRX’s toner is specially formulated to heal irritated skin. It targets trouble areas to reduce redness and protect skin from further damage.
Have you tried Centella Asiatica in your skincare routine yet?