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Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)

September 29, 2020

What is centella asiatica (gotu kola)?

Centella asiatica (or gotu kola) is also known in Asia as tiger grass, as legend has it that tigers would roll around in it to heal their wounds. This member of the parsley family is used as a culinary vegetable and meditation enhancement and is a staple in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Indonesian traditional medicine. It grows primarily in wetlands in Asia, the South Pacific, South Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

Benefits of centella asiatica (gotu kola)

1. Blood circulation

As centella asiatica improves the blood circulation, it aids in the skin’s healing process, which makes it perfect for use on scars. It is also used to treat broken capillaries, varicose veins, and cellulite.

2. Boosts collagen production

Centella asiatica can also enhance Type-I collagen. By encouraging the construction of fibroblasts, it expedites the synthesis of collagen, which helps promote skin’s firmness, elasticity and resilience.

3. Benefits skin health

Centella asiatica contains zinc, copper, selenium, beta carotene and amino acids, which are all highly beneficial to skin health. As centella asiatica has anti-inflammatory properties and improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture, it has been shown to be particularly beneficial in treating eczema.

Is centella asiatica suitable for my skin type? 

Centella asiatica is highly compatible with all skin types. It is highly recommended for use on sensitive and allergy-prone skin types, including skin that’s prone to acne or rosacea.

Can centella asiatica be used alongside other products?

Centella asiatica works well in combination with other products. It is safe for use alongside other key actives.

How often should I apply centella asiatica?

You will see the best results if you regularly apply a product containing centella asiatica. Our Centasoothe Serum S5 contains a blend of centella asiatica and other key actives and can be used twice daily.