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What Is Cica In Korean Skincare?

Off late, we have seen a rise in the use of a skincare ingredient called Cica in Korean skincare products. If you wonder why this ingredient has been sweeping the k-beauty ingredient list, we are here to decode its specialty on skincare.

Cica Basics

We will come to why Cica is special. Before that, let’s go back to the beginning. The scientific name for Cica is Centella Asiatica. This is the name it usually goes by in Korean skincare products. It also has other names such as Indian Pennywort and tiger grass. In fact, the history behind the name “tiger grass” is what inspired the use of cica for skincare purposes. Asian legend has it that tigers would rub this herb over their injury wounds which promoted wound-healing and skin-cell-renewal. And that is how the name tiger grass came about.

4 Cica or centella asiatica leaves

If you look at its background, Cica has long been used as a healing herb for centuries. So it’s no surprise that its healing properties are even backed by science today. A 2012 study confirmed the efficacy of Centella Asiatica in healing wounds and burns. This further paved the way for cica to be infused into numerous skincare products.

What Makes It A Unique Skincare Ingredient?

Besides being a healing herb, cica is also extremely beneficial on sensitive skin types. Because sensitive skin types come with significant skin concerns like redness and skin irritations, cica perfectly fits the bill for calming and soothing it. So, if you have sensitive skin and need something calming, this is your skin ingredient.

Benefits Of Cica

It also comes with a multitude of other skin benefits that can help sensitive as well as the other skin types. Because it helps in calming inflammations and irritated skin, it also suits acne-prone skin.

Cica’s skin benefits stem from the fact that it contains multiple vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the skin. They contain amino acids, fatty acids, beta-carotene, phytochemicals, and a host of vitamins that work together to give you firm and soothing skin. The antioxidant pack in cica aid in triggering collagen production for a firm, and plump look, while also diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If premature aging is also your concern, cica can help you deal with it.

4 cica leaves with stems in 4 different mini glass bottles, each with a different-colored liquid

And if you are also dealing with dry and dehydrated skin, try a dollop of cica-infused product. This will give your skin a moisture surge and make it soft, supple, and hydrated. It also eliminates dullness and brightens the skin as it boosts blood circulation and repairs skin cells. This, in turn, gives you radiant, glowing complexion.

The benefits are endless. But the essence of cica comes from its healing properties. Especially for those with sensitive skin types dealing with significant issues like inflammation, skin irritations, and redness, we cannot recommend a more soothing skin ingredient than cica. Try your hands on cica for that calming touch.

Learn about more Korean skincare ingredients here. Shop for your favorite Korean skincare essentials here.

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  1. Lipongla Sangtam November 5, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Now I’m finally Cica-educated. Been wondering what it was as I keep coming across this in k-beauty reviews. Great write-up! Clear and concise.

  2. venkatasivasruthi December 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Soo much information about cica. love the blog


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