The origins of Centella Asiatica The ancient healing herb with anti-ageing powers
What is Centella asiatica?
If you haven’t heard of Centella asiatica, you’re probably not alone. Growing in tropical areas, this hardy climbing plant has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine, but often goes by other names including: gotu kola, mandukaparni, pennywort, brahmi, or spade leaf.
So, why are we telling you about it now? Because this ancient healing plant is making a modern comeback as an anti-ageing ingredient – and thanks to new research, its mystical medicinal benefits are backed up by science.
Often simply called “centella”, Centella asiatica is rich in a whole host of things which are great for your skin including amino acids, beta carotene, and fatty acids. Centella asiatica extract has not only been found to help calm skin inflammation and speed up wound healing, but it also stimulates the growth of new cells, increases collagen production, and improves circulation – all of which are essential for skin repair and the prevention of wrinkles.
This is why we’re excited to announce the launch of Revitalift Centella Repair Cicacrem, our first anti-ageing cica cream enriched with the legendary Centella Asiatica to help skin to restore its natural barriers and reduce the appearance of ageing.
What are the benefits of Centella asiatica for skin?
Centella asiatica is one of the planet’s natural remedies for wrinkles, because it helps promote the formation of collagen and elastic fibers which are essential for skin elasticity. The more “elastic” your skin, the more it bounces back into place when stretched, which helps to significantly reduce the onset and appearance of wrinkles.
Don’t just take our word for it though, plenty of medical journal studies have highlighted a whole host of gotu kola benefits. Research has found that Centella asiatica can help heal wounds by stimulating blood supply, strengthening the skin, and boosting antioxidants. The Indian Journal of Medicine even referred to it as a “potential herbal cure-all”.
When infused into moisturisers, Centella asiatica is ideal for use on all skin types – including skin with acne – thanks to its natural anti-inflammatory properties. So whether you’re looking to prevent the onset of wrinkles or reduce their appearance, add our Revitalift Centella Repair Cicacrem to your daily skincare routine.
What exactly is a cica cream?
Cica creams first originated in French pharmacies, and are dermatologically formulated to soothe damaged skin and reinforce our natural barriers to skin damage. Our new Revitalift Cicacrem is enriched with Centella Asiatica which not only helps soothe, strengthen, and repair skin, it’s also formulated to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Revitalift Cicacrem is hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, making it suitable even for sensitive skin. Simply apply to your cleansed face once a day in either the morning or the evening, using gentle circular motions.
The ‘Tiger Grass’ Legend
You’ve had the science, now here comes the history! Few plants have as interesting a story to tell as Centella asiatica, which is believed to have been used by people not just for centuries, but for millions of years. Rumour has it that it even helped a famous sage live past 200… but we’re not entirely convinced on that one.
Legends say that Centella asiatica’s medicinal properties were first discovered by natives on the island of Madagascar when they tracked wounded tigers and found them rolling all over the plant in order to heal their wounds. Because of this story, it’s been known for centuries as the “tiger herb” or “tiger grass.”
Fascinating, right? If you’re the kind of person that loves talking about your latest beauty discoveries, this one is certainly going to stick in people's’ minds.
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