What is it?
This is a highly concentrated ampoule. 100% concentration of Centella Asiatica (Tiger Grass, Gotu kola) extract to be exact. Ampoules are the “heavy duty” part of skin care regimen as they are usually very concentrated and target specific skin concern.
But then again, this product doesn’t even have to be used strictly in ampoule step of the routine as it is super versatile. It is natural herbal extract that can be toner, balm, booster, soothing pack, you name it…
How to use it?
Whenever, wherever, however you like it or need it. This product is supposed to calm skin irritations, soothe redness, moisturize, improve pigmentation and reduce pores appearance.
I like to use it during the day, after hot shower (yes, thank you, I am aware hot showers are not good for my skin), after workout, when travelling, after exposing skin to the sun (all over the body).
I use half of the pipette (it is long enough) and spread it gently all over face or other part of the body.
- Use it alone as skin remedy,
- Use it alone as the ampoule step of the routine,
- Use it alone as any other step of the routine (except the cleanser, obviously)
- Mix it with your moisturizers or any other product to give them extra boost,
- Use it as soothing pack by applying it on cotton pads and leave it on skin for 10 – 20 minutes,
- Use it as face or body mist (mix it with mineral or distilled water or any other toner and pour it in spray bottle, 3:7)
- Don’t let my lack of imagination stop you use it any other way you can think of.
100% Centella Asiatica extract
Plant collected in Madagascar then extracted in France.
Centella Asiatica (CICA) or Gotu kola or Tiger grass (legend has it that tigers when wounded roll in Gotu kola to heal) is medicinal herb characteristic for tropical parts of the world. It is used in the far orient as the remedy for various skin conditions and wounds, but lately became very popular in the West.
“Triterpenoid, saponins, the primary constituents of Centella asiatica are manly believed to be responsible for its wide therapeutic actions. Apart from wound healing, the herb is recommended for the treatment of various skin conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhoea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genitourinary tract and also for relieving anxiety and improving cognition.
The primary active constituents of CA are saponins (also called triterpenoids), which include asiaticosides, in which a trisaccharide moiety is linked to the aglycone asiatic acid, madecassoside and madasiatic acid. These triterpene saponins and their sapogenins are mainly responsible for the wound healing and vascular effects by inhibiting the production of collagen at the wound site.”
(Source: Pharmacological Review on Centella asiatica: A Potential Herbal Cure-all by Kashmira J. Gohil, Jagruti A. Patel, and Anuradha K. Gajjar)
Reading this study, one can learn the potency of this traditional herbal remedy.
Who is it for?
All skin types. Anyone in need of skin improvement of any kind.
Does it work?
Centella Asiatica was the first ingredient I encountered when I started to show interest for Asian skin care. It immediately caught my attention as all the products named CICA or containing madecassoside were promising to solve all the problems my skin lives with. Redness, rough skin texture, hypersensitivity, pores, skin aging.
But somehow, my experience with various ‘CICA this or balm that’ was underwhelming, to say the least. Products containing this herb were nothing special compared to, I don’t know, Rose Hip Seed, Calendula, Artemisia, even rosacea infamous lavender. Some even irritated my skin and did just the opposite of what they claimed to do. Almost as if the centella extract was somehow the most silent ingredient of those CICA products. Once again, CICA = Centella Asiatica. See the irony.
Then I decided to go big and I tried 100% of it. Pure dosage of pure centella. Yes, sir, that worked! I didn’t even have to wait too long for it to show its action. It soothes, it calms down the skin anger. Centella Asiatica 100 talks gently to my skin, and my skin understands it.
My skin texture improves dramatically every time I apply this ampoule. Redness is less prominent, bumps subside and skin gets that healthy glow.
The first I applied it, I was surprised how moisturizing this ampoule was. It didn’t require any moisturizer after. And I found it enough for the daytime. It is viscous liquid of no colour or scent.
I don’t know if this product contains any preservatives as there are none declared. I keep it out of the fridge, but that’s for the wintertime. In summertime, I would recommend it to be kept in the fridge. At least it would nicely cool down the skin heat.
I bought this product on eBay. And it is reasonably priced too for 100 ml / 3.38 fl.oz. of pure Centella Asiatica extract. That actually works.
Yes! Wouldn’t be without it.