Cica: The superhero ingredient that will change your sensitive skin forever

Cica: The superhero ingredient that will change your sensitive skin forever

By Carolina Malis



Oh Cica… what my life was before I met you I truly don't know. For years I tired to battle my skin's sensitivity with the most diverse range of products, from special toners to serums and sunscreens, but it wasn't until a few months ago that I discovered the ingredient that would change the relationship with my skin forever.


If you're into skincare you've probably heard about Cica already. If you're not familiar with it let me introduce you to the ingredient that could change your skin. Cica - short for Centella Asiatica - is an antioxidant-rich herb that acts like a superhero on troubled skin (AKA dry, inflamed, red, sensitive, acne prone or flaky complexions). Its anti-inflammatory properties are incredible to calm down the dermis and heal it, all while repairing the skin barrier which can be easily damaged because of dryness, eczema, sun exposure, aging or other skincare ingredients.


Now, this is not a newly discovered ingredient. Centella Asiatica has been used for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat everything from stomach aches and depression to skin disorder. I know, I know, sounds amazing. Well, even more amazing is the fact that so many brands have spent years trying to develop formulas containing Cica that really help skin heal itself, an we - the skincare enthusiasts - have been patiently waiting for those to arrive to our lives.


With all that said, you can now imagine my happiness when I learned Neogen was launching a line of Cica cleansers. I already know my skin and Neogen have a great relationship, but now they were also bringing my favorite ingredient to the formula? This truly felt like what skincare dreams are made of. I've been trying all three: the cleansing water, the cleansing oil and the cleansing foam, but today I'm here to talk about the former.




Let first talk about texture: the cleanser comes out of the tube like a mix of a cream and a gel, and while it bubbles up a little after mixing it with water it doesn't turn into actual foam, which is a good sign. The white lather spreads easily all over my skin without stripping even a little bit, leaving my skin plump but overall soothed. I usually need to apply toner no later than 1 minute after I cleanse my skin if I don't want for it to start feeling tense and dry, but with this cleanser I'm sure I could go longer before I run to apply my toner.


Now - and this is my personal choice - even when it's really gentle and sensitive skin friendly I'd still use it only at night as a second cleanser. Don't wanna give out spoilers here but let's just say there's a certain Micellar cleansing water that's maybe or maybe not from the same line that I'd keep for morning time (you'll have to stay tuned to hear more about that).


Overall this cleanser works for everyone and every skin type, but if you struggle with redness, inflammation, acne or sensitivity then let me tell you, this is not only a must but a need. Go ahead and give it a try! You can find it exclusively at SokoGlam.


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Pore Control All-In-One: The Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser

Now, how would you feel if I tell you there's a product out there that can get rid of makeup, excess sebum, dirt, toxins, blackheads and dead skin build up in only one step? I know, you'd think I'm lying, but I'm not. I got introduced to Neogen Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser around a year ago during this same time of the year and my very first question was: How can a cleanser contain clay in it and not be extremely drying? Specially now with temperatures dropping I don't wanna put anything on my face that's gonna take hydration away. But must admit I was extremely surprised after the first time I actually used it.


NEO I VIEW<br>Real Cica Micellar Oil & Foam Review by Bambi

Real Cica Micellar Oil & Foam Review by Bambi

I feel like 2018 is a Cica year - all the Cica products that we can see all around the place. This trend seems to be associated with K-beauty but it's not only about Korean brands that started this cult. There's always a reason why something becomes popular so I was positively surprised when I heard that Neogen has decided to make a series based on Centella Asiatica and release the Cica series. Currently, my double cleansing is based on Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Oil and Neogen Cica Micellar Cleansing Foam. How does it look like and why you should give a chance to this due?


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New Season, New Cleanser, Real Fresh Foam Cranberry

One of the things I swap immediately when temperatures drop is my water-based cleanser. While during summer I tend to go for gel ones (which will get rid of excess sebum) for colder weather I tend to lookout for light-foam ones that will protect my skin's hydration levels. Now, there's lots to say about cleansers in the skincare community. The pH should be low, the pH should be high, some ingredients are good, some ingredients are bad, there should be no alcohol in them, there should be some kinds of alcohol in them… and a long, long list that could go on for years, but at the end of the day it's all about what works for you.


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Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon Review by Bambi

Exfoliators can have different forms but one of the most controversial is for sure peeling pad. Why are they so controversial? Because they usually mix two forms of exfoliants - chemical exfoliants and mechanical exfoliants. Today I want to show you the product I wanted to try for ages mostly because it was curated byCharlotte Cho, the owner ofSokoGlamas well as I've heard lots of good opinions about it from many beauty bloggers from all around the world -Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon. How do mixing chemical and mechanical exfoliators work? Is this mix better than traditional exfoliators?



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