This week, we spotlight the qualities of Centella, the herbaceous plant found in the wetlands of Asia and why it’s important for skin care.
Also known as Gotu Kola or Indian Pennywort, Centella has been used for its healing properties in Chinese medicine for centuries. In Sri Lankan cuisine, it is used as an accompaniment to rice and curry and is considered very nutritious. It is sometimes referred to as the “fountain of youth” due to its healing properties and positive effects on wellbeing.
It is with this in mind that Centella is used for regenerating aging skin and providing antioxidant benefits in skin care products. In Chinese medicine, it is used as a treatment for psoriasis, dermatitis and minor burns. Its ability to increase blood supply to damaged areas of skin helps encourage the production of fibroblasts (which are the cells that synthesise collagen production).
With all of these qualities, Centella has been seen as an important element in regenerating beautiful skin. So, it’s easy to see why Centella is a key ingredient in Shanga’s Hydrating Range of daily skincare products.