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What is “cica” and why is it the new skincare trend?

  • What is “cica” and why is it the new skincare trend?
“Cica” is everywhere right now, but what is it and what does it do?
2 years ago


“Cica” is short for a plant called Centella Asiatica. It has been eaten and used as a medicinal herb in Asia for years, but now cosmetics companies have discovered it and are using it as a “miracle ingredient” in skincare products. But what exactly does it do, and is it worth the hype?

Cica soothes irritated skin. Another name for the plant is Tiger Grass, because it has been claimed that tigers roll around in it to help heal battle wounds. Dermatologists such as Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, have agreed that the plant does help calm inflammation due to its antioxidant content. All this means clearer skin! And as Erin Reimel testified in her Glamour Magazine article titled I Haven't Worn Foundation in Months Thanks to the Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcter, it worked for her.



Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 – LINK // L'Oreal Cicacream – LINK // Bioderma Cicabio Creme – LINK //  Dermatory Hypoallergenic Cica Gauze Mask – LINK //  InnisFree Bija Cica Balm – LINK


It is also believed that Cica helps to repair and protect the skin barrier, or the stratum corneum, which is the very outer layer of our skin. If this layer is weak or becomes damaged - by the sun, aging, eczema, or the use of harsh skincare products - it can let irritants in more easily and cause sensitive skin. Strengthening the skin barrier will decrease visible signs of aging.


In addition to this, Cica is full of nutrients such as amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids and vitamins C, A, B1, B2, niacin and carotene, all of which will brighten, and moisturize your skin.

Now we know what you’re thinking: How do I get it and how do I use it?

The good news is that Cica is suited to most skin types, but because the ingredient is being used in all sorts of different products, from balms to masks, we’ve selected a few (above) that are good for different purposes: Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 is perfect for daytime protection while L'Oreal’s Cicacream Face Moisturizer Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica is a good night-time cream because it contains retinol. Another French product Bioderma Cicabio Creme is especially suited to sensitive skin because it is paraben-free, hypoallergenic and contains antibacterial ingredients. If you’re looking for something to work into your current skincare routine, try Dermatory Hypoallergenic Cica Gauze Sheet Masks or apply InnisFree Bija Cica Balm beneath your usual moisturiser.


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