Have you heard of the "Cica" Trend? “Cica” cosmetics & skincare products are trending everywhere around the world and now we have them here in South Africa, made by a Proudly South African Skincare Brand, SKIN Functional!
The “Cica” products could take their name from their high concentration in Centella Asiatica. It could be a word created with Centella’s “c” and Asiatica’s “-ica”. But another explanation would be that the name of this trend comes from the French word “cicatriser” (which means healing).
Hydrating Tonic, Smoothing Gel Serum & Regenerative Cream by Skin Functional
Benefits of Centella Asiatica in Skincare:
Pennywort (It's common name) has naturally occurring antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and carbohydrates which also make the herb effective in improving skin hydration and providing anti-aging action. It also has proved to benefit all kinds of skin problems like burns, scratches, itches, mosquito bites, chapped skin, sunburn, diaper rash, but also damage caused by aesthetic procedures such as tattooing, peeling or laser.
So why is it so great at the things mentioned above? The gold standard ingredient is able to Improve barrier function by inhibiting Trans-Epidermal waterloss as well as replenishing Ceramide reserves. Making this ingredient a powerhouse in boosting hydration through multiple skin layers and increasing collagen production.
This moisturiser has been a real treat to use. Not to mention it's awesome colour and texture. This silky, gel to cream like moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and is there to offer hydration to all those that need it. Their main goal with this moisturiser is to elevate dry, creepy tight skin. So far I've seen a big difference in my skins texture, colour and hydration levels.
It is a light moisturiser and those that are particularly very dry, you might find it quite light.
The scent takes a little to get used to. I personally find it quite herby but on the other end Brad (my Bf) says it smells like chocolate, ahaha.
Some other really great factors include:
Ph 6,0 – 6,5
This tonic is definitely a little different to ones I've tried before. It's consistency is quite thick but makes for the most hydrating, soft feeling on the skin. You apply a liberal amount onto a cotton pad and then proceed to swipe across the face, neck and décolletage morning and evening. The added Hyaluronic Acid helps lock in moisture and prepare for serums to follow.
Being an alcohol free tonic is what makes it so hydrating. It doesn't evaporate or feel like it's disappeared in a second. It slowly absorbs into the skin and instantly plumping it.
My skin is acne prone, can I use it?
“Cica” products like these two from Skin Functional are perfect to calm the inflammation of the acne-prone skins and to help lesions ( like pimples) to heal faster and more evenly.
By using the tonic, soothing gel, followed by the regenerative cream your face will thank you for its soothing and repairing effects.
I have a sensitive skin, is it fine for me too?
These products have been formulated with you in mind. They are designed to relieve redness, burning sensation, and tightness for sensitive skin. They soothe right away and they also have the properties of strengthening the skin barrier for a more resistant skin to external aggressions.
My skin is damaged and I want it to heal faster, will these work?
Yes! These products are ideal for those that have damaged skin and a compromised barrier.
This incredible ingredient works wonders when it comes to wound healing and inflammation. Centella Asiatica is used in the treatment of small wounds, hypertrophic wounds as well as burns, psoriasis and scleroderma.
I live in a polluted environment/city could this help?
Centella Asiatica can help calm sensitivity but also to strengthen the skin barrier for a more resistant skin against aggressions from pollution, such as fumes, fine dust etc.
Does it have Anti-aging properties?
Centella Asiatica has a boosting effect on collagen production. It can stimulate fibroblast proliferation and activate the signalling pathway to stimulate collagen production.
If you've given these products a bash or if you are going to include them into your routine, let me know how it goes...
Lots of love,
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