What is Cica?

Sounds like a vacation destination. It’s the best skincare ingredient for many skin issues, really!

Definition:  Cici (Centella asiatica)  is a perennial herb that is primarily grown in Asia, and is known for its culinary and cosmetic usage. It has active compounds that serve as antioxidants, is a rich source of amino acids, and is known to have excellent hydrating effects to soothe irritated skin.

Brittany Theophilus/Allure Magazine article 

When I started working at Allure two years ago, one of the first products I ever reviewed was the inaugural product from Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair line: the Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment. I was mystified by the way the spotlight ingredient, cica, calmed down my natural redness. I’d never heard of it before, but I wanted more of it. The line has since grown to include serums, a moisturizer, and a mask. As it has expanded, the mysterious ingredient is no longer known to just those who are obsessed with Dr. Jart+’s cica-infused offerings.

In the past year, cica has appeared in Korean skin-care, and it’s even making its way into western products. Charlotte Cho, an aesthetician and co-founder of K-beauty e-retailer Soko Glam, has a theory on why cica is sweeping skin-care ingredients lists: “Sensitive skin is a very common skin type in Korea due to high pollution levels,” she tells Allure. “As a result, sensitive-skin friendly ingredients, such as cica, are frequently seen in Korean beauty products to calm inflammation, redness, and irritated skin.” End quote, end article.

A testimony like that one is what caught my attention while searching in the latest cutting-edge ingredients. I also found other incredible ingredients that also enhance the properties in cica and add it’s healing and calming effects on the skin, to say nothing about anti-aging and acne, red and sensitive skin.

You may think that these ingredients were cooked up in a lab, by some scientist or compounding chemist, but cica has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

Cica is actually a nickname for its scientific name: centella asiatica however, cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski notes that the ingredient is also referred to as gotu kola, Indian Pennywort, and tiger grass. The latter, in particular, comes from what inspired the widespread use of cica on skin. “This plant is known in Asia as what tigers rub on their wounds to help their skin regenerate,”

The skincare benefits read like a grocery list, too numerous to even list. No matter what your skin type or biggest concerns are, cica could probably assist you in some way.  This includes treating acne and calming sensitive skin. However, that’s just a small fraction of how cica could boost your skin-care routine, even if you choose only one product, I suggest calming day cream, with cica, of course.

Cica’s many benefits are based on its composition.  It’s full of amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids, and phytochemicals*, including vitamins C, A, B1, and B2, and more.

*Definition: Phytochemicals are compounds that are produced by plants (“phyto” means “plant”). They are found in fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and other plants. Some of these phytochemicals are believed to protect cells from damage that could lead to cancer. … help stop carcinogens from attacking cells.

What do all these do? Well, together they can help stimulate collagen production because they are “packed with antioxidants, which give skin an antimicrobial boost and provide anti-inflammatory benefits,” says Alicia Yoon, founder, and CEO of Peach & Lily. “So, if you’re looking to firm, repair, or soothe skin, or even combat breakouts, this ingredient can be helpful.”

I don’t think there is any woman on this planet who cares about her skin, would challenge the need for products containing this wonderful ingredient.

Now what if you paired this ingredient with other superfoods?  The combination is incredible!!!!!

Here at Private Label Skincare Florida we are ever on the watch for new and exciting ingredients to make your brand stand out in the market place as a  shining star! Call us today to talk about adding this “Hero” into your skincare line.

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