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When it comes to skincare, we’re all about using natural, effective ingredients with well-proven benefits. Some of these -- like jojoba oil, squalane, marula, aloe, and shea butter -- are now well-known and major staple ingredients in most vanities and skincare regimens.
Others, though, are more unknown to Western consumers (though you may find they’re in more products than you’d think).
One of those that should definitely be on your radar? Gotu kola.
Known by many names - including Centella Asiatica, Indian pennywort, Brahmi, tiger grass, and spade leaf - Gotu kola is an ancient plant that’s native to the Asian and African wetlands. Today, it’s had a major rebirth as an anti-aging ingredient -- and for good reason.
Gotu kola has one of the longest histories of all medicinal plants. In fact, there’s evidence that it was even used by prehistoric people. Today, it’s used around the world for it’s healing benefits:
Needless to say, it has tons of uses around the world, and there’s scientific evidence to back these benefits up.
Gotu kola is rich in many anti-aging and free-radical fighting compounds, including amino acids, chlorophyll, fatty acids, beta carotene, flavonoids, and phytochemicals.
These give the plant the ability to:
While Gotu kola is particularly beneficial for dry, reactive, or sensitive skin types, it can provide wide-ranging skincare benefits. These include:
Gotu kola soothes the skin, and it can actually promote cell growth along with increased productionof total protein and collagen. What’s more, it promotes wound healing and helps wounds get smaller faster.
When it comes to skincare benefits, this translates to plumper, more youthful skin, decreased lines and wrinkles, and less noticeable acne marks or scars.
Gotu kola is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and a known antioxidant. These capabilities make it a particularly effective ingredient for those who struggle with rosacea, acne, or skin sensitivity.
Gotu kola not only stimulates collagen production but also protects existing collagen by helping to create the building blogs it needs to thrive. This can help both externally - by increasing skin firmness and decreasing fine lines - and internally. Specifically, when taken as a supplement, gotu kola can stimulate type I collagenthroughout the body and decrease inflammation.
In a 2015 study, researchers found that wound dressing containing Gotu kola could help heal multiple types of wounds, including clean cuts, irregular tears, infected tissue, and blunt force trauma.
Translation? Faster healing acne marks, decreased scarring, and less face hyperpigmentation.
Finally, Gotu kola is known to increase antioxidant concentration in tissues.
Antioxidants,of course, can help decrease free radical damage on the skin, thereby helping to treat and reverse: