What is Cica?
If you love skincare and follow beauty blogs and beauty influencers, you might have seen this word Cica pop up more than enough times to catch your attention. It seems that every K-beauty brand has a product line focusing around Cica.
So what exactly is it?
Cica is actually a nickname for its scientific name: centella asiatica which is a plant-based ingredient. Yeah, Cica is much easier to pronounce and remember.
What effect Cica has on the skin?
Centella asiatica is not a new ingredient. In fact, it was used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It is known for its healing, soothing and calming properties. Rich in madecassocides, it stimulates collagen growth. Through its potent antioxidant content, it helps to calm inflammation and hasten the process of wound healing. It is also rich in amino acids, beta-carotene, fatty acids that may help with acne scarring.
To sum it up, it has excellent skin repair properties.
Who should use Cica?
People with sensitive or acne-prone skin will love this ingredient. Many has reported less redness and generally a calmer skin after implementing Cica into their skincare routine. If you are using harsh pimple cream and it does not work and dry out your skin, you should try this gentle yet effective ingredient.
Some reviews on Innisfree Bija Cica Balm
“My pimples and some scars disappeared in a week while using this! It has no scent and it absorbs fast and well. It has become my holy grail and a reliable product I can always count on when my skin is irritated. It acts well as a moisturizer as well. ” – Clarence from Influenster