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Achieving a clear skin is no less than a skin heaven for us skin fanatics. All of us skin sleuths know that a clear skin can only be achieved by maintaining a shield to disabling desiccation by keeping the moisturisation in and kicking out the external irritants from the skin’s surface. Want to know how the skin barrier works? Take our skin cells as bricks which constitute a wall. Usage of cement further strengthens the stack of bricks which hampers any movement through this concrete barrier. The cement here are lipids, healthy fats and ceramides which collates healthy skin cells creating a formidable wall i.e., skin barrier. This is the ‘Brick Wall Analogy’.
Cica or Centella Asiatica or ‘Gotu Kola’ in the local vernacular comes from the Parsley family, has a prominent fan-shape and grows in and around water native to the Asian-Pacific region. Rich in antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins A,C & B, it calms and soothes the skin making it suitable for sensitive skin and highly beneficial for treating skin irritation and inflammation.
It has a number of benefits like-
Aids acne - Cica when absorbed by the skin hampers excess sebum production which is the foremost cause of acne, cystic acne and pimples. Enriched with antioxidants, it is a boon for people with sensitive acne-prone skin as it not just prevents acne, but also soothes and calms the skin.
Cellular repair & Skin barrier function - Skin barrier is a very important yet fragile part of the skin which keeps the harsh chemicals and microbes from penetrating the skin’s surface and retains the moisture in the skin. Being rich in antioxidants, Cica fights free radicals in the skin thus reducing the oxidative stress and repairing the skin damage, which makes cica strengthen the skin barrier function.
Retains skin moisture - Ensuing the previous pointer, Cica acts as a humectant which strengthens the skin barrier and prevents the evaporation of the skin’s moisture, making it look fresh, plump and youthful.
Promotes collagen production - Application of Cica boosts the collagen synthesis in the skin which in turn prevents the visible signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles.
Heals mild burns and scars - Being an antibacterial ingredient, it provides moisturisation to the skin cells and its skin barrier repair function alleviates the severity of the wound or the scar, commencing the healing process whilst calming and soothing the skin.
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