Cica : What it is and who should use it

Cica - Centella Asiatica

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

“I absolutely love this product. I am a big follower of Korean skin care routines and this balm has been absolutely essential to my routine. I had to have this internationally shipped to me, but it was well worth it. Sometimes, when I am too lazy to wash my face, I just swipe this on and go to bed. I have found that my acne has cleared up and my acne scars are fading. My skin is combination so I find that it is moisturizing, but very light at the same time. On the dryer parts of my skin, I dab a little moisturizer to balance this balm out. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who struggles with acne.” – Elizabeth from Influenster

Innisfree Bija Cica LineInnisfree Bija Trouble Skin & Bija Cica Balm Duo Set

Innisfree Bija Cica line is formulated with Centella Asiatica 4X, bija oil and D-panthenol to intensively repair your skin barrier.

IOPE Derma Repair Cica Cream

Another popular choice is IOPE Derma Repair Cica Cream formulated with madecassoside, panthenol, and cypress tree. Free of 10 harmful ingredients such as parabens, fragrance, silicone, mineral oil etc, it is dermatologically tested to be safe for use for sensitive skin.

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