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Gotu Kola eight saints organic skincare

What is Gotu Kola and Why Should You Incorporate It Into Your Skincare Routine?

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.

What Is 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.

The History

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:

  • In China, it’s known as a “miracle elixir of life.”
  • In India, it has been an Ayurveda staple that’s been used to treat eczema, psoriasis, and even broader health conditions like lupus, syphilis, and other infections.
  • In England, it was one of the first treatments for leprosy.
  • In France, it was used by pharmacists in the 1800s to treat female issues and digestive concerns like diarrhea and dysentery.
  • In Thailand, it’s used in a beverage to provide general anti-aging benefits.
  • In Asian medicine, it has been used to improve small wounds, scratches, burns, and hypertrophic wounds healing.

Needless to say, it has tons of uses around the world, and there’s scientific evidence to back these benefits up.

The Science Behind It

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:

Skincare Benefits

While Gotu kola is particularly beneficial for dry, reactive, or sensitive skin types, it can provide wide-ranging skincare benefits. These include:

Clearer, Stronger Skin

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.

Decreases Redness and Ance

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.

Increased Collagen Production

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.

Treat Acne Scars

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.

Free Radical Protection

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:

  • Premature and accelerated aging of the skin,including wrinkles and loss of elasticity
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Inflammatory conditions, such as acne and rosacea
  • Skin cancer

Ready to get started? Find Gotu kola in Cloud Whip day cream, Night Shift night gel, Pep Rally day serum, and Zen out of Ten face scrub.