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When and How Often Can I Use Centella asiatica?

When and How Often Can I Use Centella asiatica?

Centella asiatica is a herbaceous, climbing, semi-aquatic plant native to Asia and Oceania. It is known to promote skin tissue repair and regeneration in damaged skin. Here are our tips on how frequently and when to apply skincare with this herbal ingredient.

Centella asiatica, What Is It?

The medicinal properties of this plant, also known as tiger grass, have been known for over 2000 years. For example, it was used by Asians in the form of poultices to heal wounds and, in particular, to heal the skin in cases of leprosy.

In cosmetics, the use of this plant in the form of powder or vegetable oil is quite new, in the early 1970s. The extract of Centella asiatica is a rich source of natural bioactive substances: saponins, triterpenoids, flavonoids, phenolic acids, triterpensteroids, amino acids, sugars… Two molecules in particular have been isolated and provide it with excellent wound healing properties: madecassosides and asiaticosides.

The Cosmetic Properties of Centella asiatica

First of all, this plant can effectively combat signs of aging. In fact, thanks to its biochemical composition, it stimulates the synthesis of collagen, a protein essential for the firmness of the skin, whose content decreases with age. It is also known for its antioxidant effect, which it owes to the phenolic compounds contained in its leaves, roots, and stems. Thus, it significantly limits the production of chemical oxygen species such as free radicals. These unstable and highly reactive molecules damage a variety of healthy molecules in the body (DNA, RNA, proteins, etc.), accelerating aging.

Centella asiatica is also known for its repairing properties. Studies have indicated that it can alleviate stretch marks and skin markings such as acne scars, also known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Finally, it stimulates blood microcirculation, which strengthens blood vessel walls. This prevents varicose veins on the body and dark circles under the eyes.

At What Time of Day Should I Apply a Care With Centella asiatica? How Often Should It Be Applied?

To soften skin marks of all kinds and/or prevent the appearance of wrinkles, various galenics contain the extract of Centella asiatica and are now sold on the cosmetics market. Thus, this herbal active ingredient can be found in creams, lotions, tonics, aqueous serums or even night masks. It is also found in certain hair care products to strengthen and protect hair from drying out.

Care products containing Centella asiatica can be safely used twice a day. Since this ingredient is not photosensitizing (it does not increase the skin's sensitivity to the sun's UV rays), you can apply your product morning and night. Still, be sure to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen every morning.

Even though Centella asiatica is an ingredient that is generally well tolerated by all skin types, it is still possible to develop an allergic reaction in the form of contact dermatitis. To avoid this, it is recommended to apply the product in question in the crook of the elbow beforehand. If redness occurs, you should stop using the skincare product.

Typology's serum against skin marks based on PHA and Centella asiatica should be used only in the evening, as PHA is a photosensitizing substance. The serum is highly concentrated and is applied locally to the skin mark to be removed. The serum is suitable for all skin types, especially skin prone to acne-related marks/scars.

Sources :

  • BOREL J. P. & al. Stimulation of collagen synthesis in venous and dermis fibroblast cultures by titrated extract from Centella asiaticaConnective Tissue Research (1990).

  • BELCARO G. & al. The microcirculatory activity of Centella asiatica in venous insufficiency: a double-blinded study. Minerva Cardioangiologica (1994).

  • BRZEZINSKA M. & al. Centella asiatica in cosmetology. Postepy Dermatologii I Alergologii (2013).


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