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Cica Is A Powerful K-Beauty Ingredient That Heals All!

cica k-beauty ingredient

When I first started working at CIIN some sixteen months ago, the term Korean beauty was exactly that….Korean! With the help of our Beauty Editor Yasmeen and after a whole lot of research, I came to greatly respect the Korean skincare and beauty routines. I embraced them with an open mind and a lot of experimentation. Today when I came across another K-beauty ingredient, I couldn’t help but investigate and share my findings. Cica is not a new term, in fact it’s been around for ages and it has been a staple in Chinese medicine for centuries. Cica is the ingredient responsible for calming down the skin’s natural redness and basically color-correcting the skin. But it’s not just about that! To learn more about cica keep scrolling ….


cica k-beauty ingredient


What Is Cica?

Centella asiatica, or cica, is also referred to as gotu kola, Indian Pennywort, or tiger grass. Sound familiar now I suppose!! Cica is an Asian plant that has been used for centuries for the treatment of wounds, incisions and burns. Tigers used to rub their wounds with it to heal themselves; hence the name ’tiger grass’. Cica’s composition is key for its healing properties; it is full of amino and fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamins C, A, B1 & B2, and antioxidants.


The Importance of Cica

Due to the high levels of pollution in Korea, sensitive inflamed skin is a widespread skin concern amongst Koreans. Cica is thus very popular and it is a major component of most skincare products taking on the job of calming inflammation, irritation and redness.


cica k-beauty ingredient


Benefits of Cica

Cica is clearly a powerhouse loaded with all the essentials our skin thirsts for. Check out the benefits below.

  • Soothe & Repair Irritation
  • Treat Acne
  • Calm Sensitive Skin
  • Encourage Collagen Production
  • Provide Anti-inflammatory & Antimicrobial Properties
  • Improve The Appearance of Wrinkles & Pigmentation
  • Provide A Protective Barrier
  • Brighten the Skin
  • Increase Hydration



You would gain the most benefit by using products that stay on the skin; cleansers won’t do much. Below is a selection of cica-based products targeting different skin concerns such as brightening, calming, treating acne, and anti-aging.


Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum
Bioderma Cicabio Crème
Rael Tea Tree Sheet Mask
L’Oréal Revitalift Cicacream Anti-Wrinkle + Skin Repair Barrier
Peach & Lily Original Glow Sheet Mask Set
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