Centella Asiatica is commonly used in Eastern medicine to help with sleep and improve cognitive function. On the skin, the active compounds derived from Centella Asiatica (mostly asiaticoside and madecassoside) has wound healing properties, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
Centella Asiatica has also been shown to improve collagen formation at the site of application and increase tensile strength in new skin formation. The range of benefits for this traditional herb is enormous and a sigh of relief ... there are also strong evidence to support their claims.
Other common names for this super multi-tasking herb are Indian Pennywort, Gotu Kola and Bhrami.
Centella Asiatica can be found in a range of popular skincare products including cica cream and also our moisturisers.
With extensive research to support their benefits, you can rest assure this 2020 skincare trend is here to stay.
Author: Helen Lam (B.Pharm) MPS
Pharmacist and Editor for ellé derm
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Brinkhause, B et al (2000). Chemical, pharmacological and clinical profile of the East Asian medical plant Centella Asiatica. Journal of Phytomedicine. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0944-7113(00)80065-3