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Ingredient Lookbook: Cica Cream for Acne & Calming Care | Centella Asiatica Skin Benefits

June 2, 2019 | By Wendy Kim
‘Ingredient Lookbook’ is where you can meet your favorite skincare ingredients with your eyes before it meets your skin. It will only enhance the sensation and the journey you’ll continue with the ingredient of your choice.
How often does your skin cry for ‘calming' care? And how does your calming skincare look like?

There are days when the skin is in need of calming care - times when skin has been burnt like raspberries after a long beach day, when skin feels extra sensitive after shaving, when skin becomes irritated and heated after your soul cycling class.

Before we get into any details, let me put this out there, “calming care is as important as moisturizing the skin”.
"So, when do we need calming care?"
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Calming care is most welcomed to those with sensitive skin. Sensitive skin reacts very easily to a number of factors such as weather, products, and hormones.

And the skin reacts is different ways:

- becomes extra-sensitive
- light irritation
- redness
- skin dryness
- rosacea
- skin peeling
- inflammation
- and etc.

When skin is not taken care of properly with the right method and ingredients, the sensitivity and the irritation can go worse.
"Here comes in the ingredient, Centella Asiatica, aka Cica, Gotu Kola or Tiger Grass."
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One of the most hyped skincare ingredient for the past few years, known for its great calming properties, is, Centella Asiatica.

Centella Asiatica has been around the realm of skincare for a very long time, and is known to contain a bunch of active ingredients known as terpenoids, which make up around 8% of the weight of the plant. The main four that have been studies for their skincare benefits are asiatic acid, adecassic acid, asiaticoside and madecassoside.

A little more detail on Centella Asiatica

Rich in amino acid, beta carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals. Super blend of nutrients offers fantastic benefits for the skin, including powerful anti-aging properties.

Improves circulation as well as the synthesis of collagen and skin tissues. Collagen is absolutely essential for maintaining a taut and youthful complexion. Will be supporting your skin’s underlying structure.

5 Major Reasons Why You Need Cetella Asiatica

We now have a rough idea on how good this ingredient is, but let's get into more detail on why Centella Asiatica attracts acne prone skin and sensitive skin.

teca-cream1. Heals the skin

Centella asiatica is known to contain chemicals known as triterpenoids that appears to speed wound healing and increase blood supply to the wounded area. It is known to increase cellular proliferation and collagen synthesis at the wound site, as evidenced by increase in DNA, protein and collagen content of granulation tissues. The studies show that wounds treated with Centella asiatica leaf extract contracted and healed the wounds significantly faster than untreated wounds.

2. A rising star of antioxidant care

Skincare ingredients that carries antioxidant properties always attract a large group of people who actively searches for skincare products and actively curates their own skincare routine. Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredient with antioxidant effects but recently, centella asiatica has been noted to have a great antioxidant property. Especially the centella asiatica leaf extract is known to have the highest level of antioxidants.The antioxidant content protects neurons from oxidative damages caused by free radicals which continues to prove its effect for its healing property.

3. Improves moisture retention

Not only Centella Asiatica is effective in skin repairing and skin calming, but it also helps to improves moisture-retention on the skin. Topical application of Centella Asiatica products help bolster skin's barrier function and strength leading up to enhancement in skin's ability to retain moisture rather than loss of moisture. This then of course leads to improvement in alleviateing skin's dryness and we all know how skin can turn bad when it's dry.

4. Great soothing ingredient

When you look at the leaves of Centella Asiatica, you'll notice a lot of resemblence with the leaves of green tea. They share similarity in terms of their look but not only that, they also share a myriad of skin benefits when it comes to application on the skin. Green Tea is known to have great antioxidant properties but also a great soothing effect on the skin. And so does Centella Asiatica. And that is why, Centella Asiatica is beloved by those with sensitive skin and even acne prone skin.

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Centella Asiatica is full of amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals, including vitamin C, A, B1, and B2. The combination of these ingredients, not only stimulate collagen production but also give skin an antimicrobial boost and anti-inflammatory benefits. And whenever an ingredient carries an anti-inflammatory effect, it is the greatest news for those who wishes to combat breakouts and calm and soothe inflamed acne or post-extraction wounds.

2 Ways to Maximize Centella Asiatica in Your Routine


Regarding all the beneftis centella Asiatica carries from skin calming to antioxidant care, this question follows, "how can I add centella asiatica in my skincare routine?". Here are two different ways to add Centella Asiatica in your routine and maximize the benfits it can deliver to your skin. This will help your skin under control and stay healthy whenever it turns sensitive or irritated.
The blue cream to keep skin calm and cool
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Whenever skin feels sensitive, the least we want is our skin to feel uncomfortable. At these times, we want to avoid heavy moisturizers more than anything. We want our skin to feel at ease and be hydrated even with the lightest and smallest layer of a cream. This would be the best time for Centella Asiatica to step in. Having a cream that can calm and soothe skin will always come in handy at times when your skin is in emergencies.

Best way to use it?

The Midnight Blue Calming Cream by Klairs has become a staple for everyone who's into skincare. If your entire skin feels irritated and in need of calming care, you can apply a generous layer of the blue cream all over your face. But if certain parts of your face, for instance, your cheeks or your forehead, feels extra senstiive and irritated, you can simply add a thick layer on top of those areas to give special care overnight. Think of it as a treatment cream rather than a moisturizer that will soak your skin with hydation. When applied, it will focus on calming and repairing your skin so that the your skin can continue to fucntion and stay healthy the next day.

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For detailed review on the Midnight Blue Calming Cream
In-Depth: The Recovery Cream that will Help you in Acne Emergencies! Klairs Blue Cream!

A great duo to add anti-aging effect

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[Klairs] 2 Step Delay Aging Set


When our skin becomes irritated or is sensitive, we are also worried that our skin becomes more prone to wrinkles and aging. So many of us, right after thinking of calming care, think of how to give skin the better anti-aging care. But when skin is sensitive, there's no way we want to add a heavy anti-aging cream on our face. So by adding a watery serum that is light in texture but effective is always a welcoming news. The Klairs midnight blue youth activating drop is known to be one of the best pairing item with the blue calming cream. When used in the same routine, the skin will feel at ease but anti-aging and calming care will happen at your midnight.
The special spot care for post-extraction
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For acne prone skin types out there or for most of us who tends to breakout without a warning sign or for us ladies who has to breakout monthly thanks to mentruation, we have those moments where we need emergency care for our spots and pimples here and there. The problem escalates when we lose patience and pop them at home. These are times when we for sure need special spot care. Centella asiatica is a great way to calm any inflammation or bacterial areas. Using centella spot cream will help not only soothe and repair these wounds but also help rebuild damaged skni's barrier.

Best way to use it?

Add a thick layer of the By Wishtrend Teca 1% Barrier Cream specifically on inflammed or extracted areas. Unlike the Midnight Blue Calming Cream from Klairs, this Teca Cream from By Wishtrend was specifically desigend to be used for spot care purposes. Whenever you extracted a pimple or even on areas that you haven't extracted pimples but is inflammed, this will be the way to get you through further skin struggles. Make sure to apply it at the very last step of your skin care (even after your moisturizer) and rather than rubbing it on the skin, squeeze out a good amount from the tube and leave it on as it is and go to bed. You'll notice the speed of the healing process be shortened and not leave you with acne marks.

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For detailed review on the Midnight Blue Calming Cream
In-Depth: Acne Scar Removal with [BY WISHTREND] Teca 1% Barrier Cream

The best duo to prevent acne scarring

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2 Step Acne Care Routine


Adding a layer on top of the areas where you extracted acne will help the wound heal effectively however, according to the condition of your skin post-extraction, you can give different cares to help your post acne care. The teca cream will help you get through the night however, during the day time when you can't be running around with a thick layer of the cream on your face and have to put makeup on, there's nothing more that will come in handy than having a clear acne patch. Apply the patch over the extracted areas to not only protect the areas from further infection but this will help prevent acne spots from occuring. And when added with the teca cream care at night, the merrier.

To find out more articles on Cica, check out,

The Best Calming Cream for Face: Klairs Midnight Blue Calming Cream
The Master List of Cooling Products to Try This Summer
FAQ: [BY WISHTREND] Clear Skin Shield Patch
Stay tuned for our next episode of "Ingredient Lookbook"! The next ingredient I'll be talking about one of the best antioxidant of all time. It is known to be one of the most well known beauty secret of Asia! ♥

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