What is Centella Asiatica?

Published:Thu, Jul 18, 2019
What is Centella Asiatica?

If you’re a skincare junkie, you’ve surely heard of Centella Asiatica and how it’s been in the skincare-sphere for a while now. But what exactly is it?



Centella Asiatica or Centella is an herbaceous, frost-tender perennial plant that thrives in warm climates due to its inability to withstand cold. The Centella plant has little fan-shaped green leaves with petite flowers and bears small oval fruit. It is native to the wetlands of most tropical and subtropical countries, growing in swampy areas including in parts of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, South Africa, the Philippines and our beloved motherland, Malaysia.

centella asiatica
It is known by many names, including Asiatic pennywort, tiger grass and gotu kola. Back in the 17th Century, Centella was a centrepiece in Ayurvedic medicine traditionally used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, as well as open wounds. The name “tiger grass” originated from India, where wounded tigers were spotted rolling themselves in bushes of this herb. Centella Asiatica, or better known as “pegaga” in Malaysia, is still very popular among Asians. It is usually eaten raw in salads or cold rolls and is even incorporated into juices.

Thanks to modern-day research, this ancient herb is making a comeback and this time, it is in skincare. Centella Asiatica is now included in numerous skincare products, especially in South Korean brands. Due to its amazing skin-healing properties discovered in a 2012 study, western and even our homegrown brands have started using this magical plant in product formulation.


Nicknamed the “lucky clover of Asia,” Centella is glorified as a miracle skin-saver. Centella contains saponins (also referred to as terpenoids), that embody madecassoside, asiaticoside and madecassic acid and asiatic acid. This active constituent is responsible for soothing the skin and accelerating the healing of wounds. Madecassic acid is also known to play an important role in suppressing inflammation. Thus, the use of skincare products containing such extraordinary essences can not only help in reducing redness but also help to cure acne and aid in the fading of scars.

Centella Asiatica is also similarly rich in antioxidants, like green tea, which makes it a great ingredient in delivering anti-aging benefits. This means you can kiss your premature wrinkles and fine lines bye-bye! Centella Asiatica helps to diminish visible effects of sun damage which includes sunspots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and sagging skin. There is also evidence which indicates that Centella can assist in strengthening the skin’s protective barrier.


The all-new Kayman Beauty Skintella Repairing Serum features Centella Asiatica extract as its star ingredient, supported by other marvellous ingredients such as Bifida Ferment Lysate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid & Imperata Cylindrica Root extract. Together, this combination promotes healthy barrier function, protects the skin against environmental stressors, restores and strengthens the skin.

Skintella Repairing Serum was carefully crafted to cater especially to those with highly reactive and sensitive skin. The serum can help diminish redness, calm irritation and improve overall skin health. Not only can this serum support wound healing, it also optimises skin recovery and salvation. The Skintella Repairing Serum is formulated in a lightweight gel form to avoid greasiness and unpleasant sensations, making it suitable for all skin types.

Kayman Beauty Skintella Repairing Serum ingredients
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