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CICA (Centella Asiatica): The Miracle Ingredient for Soothing and Healing Skin

CICA (Centella Asiatica): The Miracle Ingredient for Soothing and Healing Skin

Centella Asiatica, commonly referred to as CICA or Tiger Grass, has evolved into a key skincare ingredient in the beauty sphere. But what exactly is this impressive component, and why has it carved out a place for itself in so many skincare products?

The Origin of CICA

CICA, short for Centella Asiatica, is a plant found mostly in the wetlands of Asia. It's been used for centuries as traditional medicine, especially in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, due to its profound restorative and healing qualities. Interestingly, it's also native to Western Australia and can be spotted thriving naturally along water wetlands during winter.

The Remarkable Benefits of CICA

Boosts Natural Hyaluronic Acid Production

  • Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps to keep it hydrated. CICA can help to boost hyaluronic acid production, which can lead to well-hydrated and plump skin. This is especially beneficial for people with dry or dehydrated skin.

    Anti-Inflammatory Properties

    • CICA has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. This means that it can help to calm and soothe irritated skin. CICA is often used to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

    Antioxidant Protection

    • CICA is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can damage cells, leading to premature aging and other skin problems. CICA's antioxidant protection can help to keep the skin looking young and healthy.

    Wound healing

    • CICA has been shown to promote wound healing. This is because it helps to increase blood flow to the affected area and stimulate the production of new skin cells. CICA is often referred to as "tiger grass" because injured tigers were seen rolling in its leaves to expedite their healing process.


    • CICA can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This is because it helps to boost collagen production and protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

    Sun protection

    • CICA can help to protect the skin from the sun's harmful UV rays. This is because it helps to absorb UV rays and prevent them from damaging the skin.

    Top 5 CICA Products for All Skin Types

    With CICA's steady rise in popularity in the last few years, a plethora of brands are incorporating this wondrous plant into their skincare line-ups. Here are our top 5 standout CICA products that we think deserve a spot in your routine: 

    1. Purito Centella Unscented Serum provides repair and soothing effects brings a concentrated surge of CICA to rejuvenate and recover your skin

    2. Skin1004's Centella Ampoule has turned a lot of heads recently and rightly so, this ampoule is intensely concentrated and gives a hefty dose of CICA, invigorating the skin, and amplifying its healing abilities.

    3. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream. This lush cream hydrates while pacifying inflamed skin and diminishing blemishes, all powered by CICA.

    4. COSRX's Cica Cleanser This gentle, hydrating cleanser eliminates impurities without depleting the skin's natural oils, all thanks to the soothing traits of CICA.

    5. Purito's Centella Green Level Calming Toner This toner harmonizes the skin's pH levels while delivering deep hydration and soothes any irritation your skin might be going through. 

    Potential side effects and risks 

    CICA is generally safe but could cause mild headaches, stomach upset, or dizziness in some users. A low initial dose can help reduce risk.and as per all skincare products, we recommend everyone to patch test prior to use. As herbs are not FDA-regulated, be sure to purchase CICA from trustworthy sources to avoid heavy metal contamination.

    Avoid CICA if pregnant, breastfeeding, under 18, have liver disease, an upcoming surgery, or a history of skin cancer. Consult your doctor if you have diabetes, high cholesterol, or take sedatives or diuretics.

    To sum up

    CICA is making its way up to the all-rounders hall of fame. Whether you're aiming to alleviate irritation, augment hydration, or merely shield your skin from environmental harm, CICA might just be the addition your skincare regimen needs.


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    5. Draelos Z. D. (2012). The ability of onion extract gel to improve the cosmetic appearance of postsurgical scars. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Link

    Learn more about the benefits of CICA and check out our range of CICA products here.

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