Centella Asiatica

[sen-te-lə, ā-zhē-a-tika]

Categories: Plant Extracts

Centella asiatica Benefits:

Centella asiatica extract, also known as Indian pennywort, is a perennial skin remedy that grows near the Indian Ocean. Centella asiatica possesses high concentrations of flavonoids, triterpenic steroids, amino acids, and sugars. Together, these constituents can allow for a wide variety of skin benefits such as anti-aging, moisturizing, and skin soothing properties. 1

Centella asiatica is well-known for containing madecassoside, a skincare ingredient also known as gota kola. For this reason, Centella asiatica extract may also be referred to as gotu kola extract. The benefits of gotu kola provide strong anti-aging benefits due to its ability to intrinsically protect skin molecules from degradation. As a result, Centella asiatica infused products may potentially work to prolong the skin’s youthful appearance. 2 Topical application of Centella asiatica products can also help bolster skin barrier function. This improves moisture-retention in the skin, which may inadvertently induce a skin-soothing effect. With its benefits combined, Centella asiatica is viable ingredient to alleviate skin dryness, while enhancing the skin’s overall quality and appearance. 1

  1. Ratz-Łyko, A. et al. Moisturizing and antiinflammatory properties of cosmetic formulations containing Centella asiatica extract. Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences 78.1, 27 (2016)
  2. Bylka, W. et al. Centella asiatica in cosmetology. Postepy Dermatol Alergol 30, 46-49 (2013)
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