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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When talking acne there’s a few things we need to keep in mind: first off, we can all have it, and for that same reason we all need to know how to keep it under control once it decides to show up. For the longest time of my life I had to struggle with having no idea how acne really worked. I went from dermatologists to dermatologist thinking they were finally gonna share the big secret behind how to get rid of it for good, but it never happened, or at least not until I turned to K-Beauty.


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You know when you joke about things but deep down you’re being serious and just hoping for someone to join you on your crazy ideas? Well, that’s me talking about wanting to create a sunscreen cult. I’m the sunscreen lady. I’m allergic to cats so cat lady wasn’t and option for me, so sunscreen it is. Since I learned how fundamental it was to wear it every single day of my life in order to have good skin I never went back. It’s a long term relationship and I know it will last forever.


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You hear the term everywhere. From skincare, to supplements and even some makeup brands are using it lately. Hyaluronic acid is without a doubt part of the skincare royalty, and there’s a reason why.

Hydration is one of the main signs of a healthy complexion. In a way, all we do for our skin has a focus on keeping it hydrated. When dehydration takes over, all the other skin struggles we could be facing get worse, reason why in a nutshell, we can’t get rid of acne, wrinkles, dark spots, rosacea, eczema or any other concern if our skin is not hydrated, and here’s where Hyaluronic Acid plays a lead role.


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And just like that, winter is here once again and not only my wardrobe noticed it but my skin did too. I don't know about you I'm already running through basically a whole bottle of toner a month and don't even get me started on the sometimes-insane amounts of mist I apply throughout the day. Totally #guilty of using it every single minute of my day.



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