It seems like every day a different skin care product is trending and right now, one of the most buzzed-about skin care products of the moment happens to be cica cream. While cica cream has been around for a while, it isn’t until lately that people have been catching on to all that this skin care product can do. Still wondering what cica cream is? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn all about cica cream, an anti-aging moisturizer, and how to add it to your skin care routine. Below, get details on what cica cream is, the skin care benefits of using cica cream, how to apply cica cream, and what skin care products to pair cica cream with, including facial cleanser and eye cream. (Spoiler alert: We’ve got a cica cream that can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time.)
WHAT IS CICA CREAM?
Ready to learn all about cica cream? Cica cream is an anti-aging moisturizer that gets its name from one of the ingredients it is formulated with, Centella Asiatica. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro-Retinol & Centella Asiatica is formulated with both Pro-Retinol and Centella Asiatica. But what is Centella Asiatica, you ask? It’s an herb, also known as tiger grass, from traditional Chinese medicine.
Formulated for the face, our cica cream helps repair the skin barrier to resist visible signs of aging. Think of this cica cream as a shield for your skin, says Dr. Rocio Rivera , skin care expert and L’Oréal Paris director of scientific communications. “External factors (such as pollution and dirt) and internal factors (like stress and dehydration) all can age your skin,”says Rivera. “They can come in and break down the moisture barrier, like holes in the shield. RevitaLift Cicacream strengthens the skin barrier like a cocoon to protect the skin from external factors.”
What Is Your Skin Barrier—and How Can Cica Cream Affect It?
You might be asking now—what is your skin barrier? “The skin barrier consists of the outermost layers of the skin,” says Dr. Flor A. Mayoral, board-certified dermatologist. “It perfectly describes one of the many functions of our skin—our largest organ and one we usually take for granted. This barrier protects us from noxious chemicals, radiation, pollution, and allergens.” Dr. Mayoral explains that cica cream contains ingredients that can help improve skin’s barrier function. “Modern science has revealed that centella asiatica is a rich source of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties,” says Dr. Mayoral. “Many scientific publications have shown that the active ingredients contained in this herb cause a significant increase in hydration of the uppermost layers of the skin when applied topically.”
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING CICA CREAM?
Now that you know what cica cream is, you probably want to know why you should use our cica cream as part of your skin care routine. Skin’s moisture barrier weakens with age, resulting in greater loss of moisture, more prominent wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Our cica cream is a lightweight cream that helps strengthen and repair skin barrier to help resist visible signs of aging that a weakened barrier can accentuate. Immediately, skin feels softer, smoother, and more supple and firmness and tone look improved. With continued use over time, skin looks rejuvenated, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and clarity improves. Skin barrier is stronger, helping to resist signs of aging with continued use over time as well
HOW DO YOU USE CICA CREAM?
Actually using our cica cream is easy! Every morning and evening, smooth our cica cream over your face until thoroughly absorbed. For best results, use in conjunction with other RevitaLift products. “Cica cream can be used as a daily moisturizer since it actually improves the skin barrier function by decreasing trans epidermal water loss,” says Dr. Mayoral.
What skin care products should you pair with our cica cream? Follow this skin care routine.
STEP 1: WASH YOUR FACE
The first step in any skin care routine should be washing your face. So, before applying cica cream, cleanse your skin first using a cream facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Radiant Smoothing Cream Cleanser. This facial cleanser helps remove all traces of makeup and gently exfoliate the surface of your skin.
STEP 2: APPLY CICA CREAM
Now’s the time to apply cica cream! Dot a small amount all over your face and pat it into your skin until it’s thoroughly absorbed. That’s all there is to it—applying cica cream is super-easy and takes only a few seconds! That means there’s no reason for skipping using cica cream as part of your skin care routine.
STEP 3: SMOOTH ON EYE CREAM
Continue your skin care routine by patting on an eye cream, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream . This eye cream can help reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time.
STEP 4: FOLLOW UP WITH MOISTURIZER AND SUN PROTECTION
If you feel like you need more hydration, reach for a moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer , which can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with continued use over time. Sun protection is important as well, so if you’re going outside, use a moisturizer with SPF, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30 as directed. Make sure to take other sun protection measures as well—limit your amount of time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., which are the sun’s peak hours), seek shade when you’re outside, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat.
Congrats: You now know all about cica cream, its benefits, and how to use it as part of your skin care routine. Ready to move on to your next skin care lesson? Next, head on over to our article, What Is Hyaluronic Acid?