Tiger grass, also known as Centella asiatica, is a medicinal herb renowned in Ayurveda and used in traditional Chinese medicine. Native to Asian wetlands, it is a popular and well-loved ingredient in Korean skincare and has just recently started peaking the interest of Western beauty brands and consumers. Read on to find out about the benefits of Tiger grass and why Centella asiatica should become a part of your skincare routine.
1. Healing Properties
Tiger grass, the nickname most commonly used for centella asiatica, is first and foremost renowned for its reliable healing properties. In Asia, tigers are known for rolling around in the plant as a means of healing their wounds, hence the nickname. Research has shown that it can facilitate the healing process in both incision and burn wounds by offering an immediate soothing effect and encouraging new skin cell growth.
An effective ingredient for promoting radiance and skin repair, centella asiatica also contains impressive nutrients including zinc, selenium, copper, amino acids, and beta-carotene. Try out a cica cream, made especially for soothing wounds like cuts or burns, to reap the full benefits of this amazing plant like the Etude House Soon Jung 5-Panthensoside Cica Balm or the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5.
Tiger grass is known for improving the oil balance on the skin and for containing many natural bioactive substances that can potentially help scavenge free radicals and strengthen the hydration of the outer layer of the skin. Studies have shown that products with centella asiatica extract proved to be the most effective in improving overall skin moisture and decreasing transepidermal water loss, which basically means that it can slow down the evaporation of water from the skin.
The term hydration often goes hand-in-hand with anti-aging, so it’s no surprise utilizing this ingredient in a preventative routine can work wonders for decreasing the probability of early fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, the plant is know for its active compounds that serve as antioxidants and for collagen synthesizing abilities that increase wound healing rates and skin firmness. For oily skin try the Benton Deep Green Tea Lotion and for a more hydrating option, try the PURITO – Centella Green Level Buffet Serum.
Another great characteristic of tiger grass is the potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help with a multitude of issues, from redness and inflammation caused by acne to easily irritated, dull, dry and chapped red skin.
This plant is quite rich in chlorophyll, a substance that contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, a large part of the molecular structure is made up of magnesium and it contains impressive amounts of vitamins A, C, E and K, all important components for healthy, clear, nourished and young looking skin. Try out the Benton Goodbye Redness Centella Gel or the Cosrx Centella Blemish Ampule.
4. Sensitive Skin Safe
In the end, tiger grass is a prime ingredient that can be used by anyone and on any skin type, even the most delicate and sensitive. With its various healing, soothing, hydrating and anti-inflammatory components, it comes as no surprise that people who experience constant skin allergies or who suffer from various conditions like rosacea, eczema, contact dermatitis or even acne can, most of the time, use a product containing centella asiatica.
It enhances the look and feel of the skin by making it stronger and suppler and will soothe your damaged epidermis caused by dryness, irritation, and inflammation safely and effectively. For a great moisturizer try the Yonka: Sensitive Anti-Redness Cream or the highly concentrated Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum.