Praise the Cica! The Centella Asiatica products you need for calm skin

Praise the Cica! The Centella Asiatica products you need for calm skin

By Carolina Malis



Spring is around the corner… only it doesn't feel quite like it just yet. While we’re technically less than one month away from flower-season it still feels like a blizzard is about to attack, right? Thing with this weather is our whole body gets a little confused, specially when we start getting warm days followed by freezing days, followed by warm days again, and that's what they call the non-perks of transitional weather, my friends.


While that’s the moments most of us get sick or catch the cold we never got during winter, it’s not just our organism that gets hit, our skin can get super stressed because of this unstable weather too and it shows. Have you been having the best skin-time of your life and suddenly pimples, breakouts, dryness and irritation show up? Your skin probably catched some kind of imbalance and decided to fight it, reason why you’re seeing all these things show up on your face. But as tragic as it can be once you're experiencing it, there’s - thank god - some ways to fight the effects. Have you ever heard/read me talking about Cica? If not then this is the first time you’re reading me because I pretty much talk about it every day of my life.


If you’re still not familiar with it, let me introduce you. Cica (short for Centella Asiatica) is the ingredient you wanna keep by your side. Your skin’s best friend. Your pal. A powerful medicinal herb that can improve blood circulation, cure fevers, soothe burns, wounds, psoriasis, acne, irritation and calm sensitive skin. Sounds too good to be true but it’s all very real, believe me. Since I learned about it for the first time a couple of years ago it's been a staple on my routine and I can assure you it will be for the rest of my life (yeah, I get a little dramatic with skincare but who doesn't?)


There’s thousands of products out there containing Cica, that's for sure, but I do have certain favorites, must admit. Since I tried Neogen’s Cica line for the first time I’ve never, ever stopped using it. I don’t feature all products at the same time on my routine but I always use at least one of them, an I wanna share a little about two of my absolute favorites with you.



Cell Calming Cica Tonic


Just, wow. This toner is what sensitive-skin dreams are made of. It’s so immediately soothing you won't believe it. This multi-performance toner helps repair our skin by using 4-Core centella Asiatica ingredientes such as madecassic acid, madecassoside, Phytosphingosine and ceramides, all to reinforce, soothe and strengthen our skin barrier.

It also has a brightening effect, nothing too strong but it definitely helps adding some light to complexion, plus its antioxidant properties help prevent the formation of fine lines.


Cell Revival Cica Cream


One of my favorite creams ever, PERIOD. I’m so obsessed with this cream I had 4 of my friends buy it too. Besides containing Madecassoside and Madecassic acid to calm redness, inflammation and irritation, this cream is also formulated with edelweiss extract and panthenol which keep skin hydrated, young-looking and provide anti-aging benefits. Best thing about this formula is how it feels on my skin. I describe it as a sorbet. It’s creamy at first but once it touches your skin it melts and absorbs in matter of seconds without leaving a greasy residue. Absolutely free of parabens, artificial fragrance, animal ingredients and mineral oils this moisturizer clearly fits every skin type but can be a treasure for those with sensitive and/or acne prone complexions.

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If you, like me, are a fall/winter lover, then you, like me, are probably rejoicing with the current weather. Leaves are slowly turning orange, it’s finally time to wear those jackets you bought during summer and the fresh breeze caresses your face every time you’re walking on the street. True heaven, am I right? Gone are the days you were sweating the second you set foot outside your house and being hot even when wearing absolutely nothing. But there’s a few things that stay with us all year, things some think belong only to summer time but in reality they’re year-round friends. The most important one? Sunscreen.


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Why you should add ferments to your winter skincare routine ASAP

Yes, yes, kombucha is great, but have you ever tried fermented skincare? I know, it can sound weird at first. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking “fermented” is food and drinks, right? Kombucha, cider, beer, cheese, kimchi, yogurt… all good stuff but that’s not the end of it.


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Do you really need Vitamin C on your routine?

You see it everywhere. You hear about it all the time. You’re told it’s gonna improve both your health - if you drink/eat it - and your skin - if you add it to your routine - but what’s the real deal behind Vitamin C and how can you use it to improve your skincare routine?


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Here’s how to keep transitional weather at bay

It’s finally that time of the year! Leaves are turning orange, nights and mornings are getting colder… and our skin is kind of freaking out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Fall/Winter kind of gal, 100%, but what I’m not a fan of is how my skin reacts to this weather change, because let me repeat: it’s freaking out.



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