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The dark horse of skincare ingredients – Centella Asiatica

Centella Asiatica, also known as Cica, is a botanical herb that grows in temperate and tropical areas. Just like the body requires several types of foods and nutrients to maintain itself each day, so does our skin. Centella Asiatica is that one nutrient that our skin will thank us for, with its extensive benefits. 

Known to be rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2, niacinamide, and carotene, all of which combines to brighten skin, fight premature aging, soothe sensitivity and combat breakouts. Having a high antioxidant level, this highly sought-after ingredient gives skin an antimicrobial boost and provides anti-inflammatory benefits. 

Before we delve into the goodness that this herb has to offer to our skin, let us get a bit of insight of its humble beginnings to what it is now.

History

One of the most beneficial medicinal herbs known to man, Centella Asiatica has been around for thousands of years, with mankind using it to reap the benefits that it provides for the human body. 

It has been shown that Indo-Europeans used to treat heart disease, bronchitis and coughing, and even for improving their mental health. In the 19th Century, the Europeans started using it on burns and wounds on their skin for its healing properties. 

It was also noticed that elephants in Sri Lanka were chewing on this plant regularly and many believe it’s not a coincidence that they are one of the longest living creatures on the planet.

FOUR MAIN BENEFITS

1. Anti-aging

An antioxidant in its own rights, Centella Asiatica has the ability to help neutralise free radical damage caused by the sun and pollution exposure which causes skin to age quicker. It is also rich in collagen, a key component in retaining skin’s elasticity. With an increase in the skin’s elasticity, wrinkles and fine lines will be reduced, resulting in a youthful-looking complexion.

2. moisturise

Centella Asiatica is rich in Amino Acids, a great hydrating ingredient that aids in soothing rough, irritated skin. Not only does it improve skin hydration, it also helps brighten dull skin.

3. soothe

One main element found in Centella Asiatica is asiaticosides. The natural element is best known for its soothing and healing properties. Visible signs on inflamed, irritated skin is reduced significantly.

4. power to heal

All acne-prone skin will be delighted to know that Centella Asiatica is their friend as it speeds up the healing process while helping to prevent scarring and future blemishes. Antioxidant activity near the wounds are also increased, helping to strengthen the skin’s barrier as well as increasing blood circulation, allowing the wound to heal. 

Centella Asiatica is found across the full range of NOVU’s Active Product Series. The series, which was designed for the busy bees in mind, is convenient and on-the-go, best fit for those who are constantly rushing from one place to another. What’s better is its multi-function property in the products.

The Tri-Action Clarifying Hydrator is able to clarify, tone and hydrate the skin with just a single step. NOVU is here to aid in keeping your skin healthy and glowing without compromising your skin’s health in the expense of time, or the lack thereof. 

Get your hands to try this time-saving skincare range by heading over to the products page or walk into any of our clinics to hear more about the benefits from our clinic staff.

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