Probably you have seen an increase number of products with the “cica” name on it. And most of them are targeted to help to soothe the skin and the perfect ally for sensitive skins.
The “cica” products take their name from their high concentration in Centella Asiatica an ingredient I love! and I mentioned that in my Trend of 2021 post. But also take their name for the healing power of the CA in healing the skin and scars.
Many of these products contain Centella Asiatica, or one of its derivatives in their formula, but not all of them. With these products, the main goal is to accelerate the healing process, so they also use ingredients like vitamin B5 (or panthenol) as well as copper and zinc extracts that have similar properties to Centella Asiatica.
These products are usually applied on an injury, once the wound is closed, to help the skin heal better and faster.
But what is Centella Asiatica and why is so popular?
Centella Asiatica (or Gotu Kola) is a plant found mainly in tropical and subtropical countries such as Madagascar, South Africa, Indonesia, but also in India, China, and the Korean peninsula.
It is used for its regenerative and healing properties, as is known to heal wounds and soothe skin lesions. Which now that so many strong ingredients are becoming more popular (acids, retinol, peelings etc.), is the perfect ingredient to help you skin recover.
What are the benefits of Centella Asiatica on the skin?
All these components have healing, antibacterial, regenerative and antioxidant properties. In addition, they also can increase collagen production and they strengthen the skin barrier. Centella Asiatica is therefore anbarrier. Centella Asiatica is therefore an effective repairing and anti-aging ingredient to prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
When do you need a “cica” product on your routine?
Your skin is damaged, and you want it to heal faster
They relieve all kinds of skin problems: burns, scratches, itches, mosquito bites, chapped skin, sunburn, irritated nose in case of colds, scabs, diaper rash, damaged feet, chicken pox scars, but also damage caused by aesthetic procedures such as tattooing, peeling or laser, and of course, they are also ideal for scars caused by surgery.
You have a sensitive skin
They soothe right away and they also have the properties of strengthening the skin barrier for a more resistant skin to external aggressions.
You can add a “cica” serum to your routine for a soothing effect, a toner for an immediate relief and refreshing feeling (if it’s a mist, it’s even better!) and/or opt for a cream if you need more protection.
You are using strong skincare treatments (acids, retinol)
Some active ingredients are very effective in preventing and treating the signs of aging but can be irritating to the skin. Retinol or acids, for example, can cause redness, irritation and flaking, especially if you overuse them.
“Cica” products such as serums or creams also have a calming effect and will help to strengthen the skin barrier, for a more resistant skin, which regenerates quickly (so the skin has a younger appearance, as a bonus!).
The best Cica products I would recommend
- Cicaplast balm by La Roche posay – I always have a tube in my bathroom.
- Cicabio creme by Bioderma
- Dermid Cica Barrier Sleeping pack by PURITO
- Centella Sensitive – Cica Cream by Kiehl’s
- Cicalfate cream by Avene
- Uriage Bariéderm Cica cream
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