You must be living under a rock if the K-Beauty wave hasn’t swept you off your feet yet! Always one step ahead of the rest of us, the universe of Korean beauty is always brimming with the latest technology and the most unique ingredients. No wonder the intricate 10-step routines ALWAYS results in glowing skin. After giving us a royal introduction to ingredients like snail mucin, jeju and ginseng, K-Beauty gives us cica!
Popularly known as Centella Asiatica, cica has been around the dynamic world of skincare for quite some time now. We might be a little late for the party. This ingredient traces its origins back to ancient Chinese medicine, yep that’s definitely a long time.
So why exactly is this ingredient the latest buzzword?
One of the most versatile ingredients to have ever existed (probably), cica has the power to assist with a plethora of skincare concerns. Centella Asiatica, yeah no we prefer cica, is a soothing ingredient. It’s often found in skincare products that are specially created to calm down inflamed and irritated skin. Yep, that pimple you picked on when you were specifically asked not to? And now the area around it is inflamed, no? That’s where cica comes in.
However, that’s not all that this powerhouse of an ingredient is capable of. Perfect for peeps with sensitive skin due to its healing abilities, cica also proves itself capable of strengthening a damaged skin barrier (all thanks to over-exfoliation) AND even helping you battle nasty acne! Is there anything this ingredient can’t do?
If you’re on the lookout for cica-infused products, here are a few options that you could try out!
Bioderma, Cicabio Créme
Specially created to combat excessively irritated skin, this cream comes with the power to heal a damaged epidermis and deeply moisturise the skin. Not just limited to your face, this cream can be effectively used all over your body—quite nice no? In a quest to relieve any sort of discomfort, this product ALSO reduces your constant urge to itch irritated skin. That’s why we love it!
Dr Jart+, Cicapair Tiger Grass Calming Gel Creme
A flaming favourite in the skincare community, this tiger grass calming gel creme has stunned every person who’s ever used it! Ideal for individuals who are battling some serious dryness and redness, this product has a gel-like consistency that hydrates AND soothes skin. We’re sold when anything helps us kill 2 birds with one stone.
Laneige, Cica Sleeping Mask
Nothing like waking up to supple and nourished skin, no? A cica-version of Laneige’s cult classic sleeping mask, this particular one offers hydration like nothing else. Think of that quench of thirst when you randomly wake up from a deep night’s sleep and guzzle down a glass of cool water. This cica sleeping mask does exactly that, but for your skin. If you’re someone who deals with unwelcome dry patches on the face, this mask will help you bid adieu to those.
Dr Sheth's, Cica and Ceramide Overnight Repair Serum
Specially created keeping skin care concerns of the Indian woman in mind, this serum comes with effective ingredients like cica and ceramides. Whilst cica aids in offering relief to irritated skin, ceramide works in tandem with it to strengthen and repair the skin’s barrier. With consistency and texture that works for all skin types, this serum is definitely being added to the cart!