Perhaps you’ve started to see more and more dermatologists talk about it or you’ve come across mentions of it on social media. Either way, cica cream is the new great thing for your skin.
Cica cream is a new-to-the-market restorative cream that is intended for not only damaged skin but also hypersensitive skin. Formulated by dermatologists, the cream was first used as a dermo-cosmetic product after facial treatments. The cream is a new formula based on the medicinal herb, centella asiatica. The use of centella asiatica (also known as tiger grass) has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine.
What does cica cream do?
Cica cream is a lightweight face cream that moisturizes and repairs dry and damaged skin. It is often used post-treatment as it provides moisture for up to 24 hours without irritating sensitive skin. By hydrating the skin it can visibly reduce redness, as well as fine lines caused by skin damage. While incredibly potent, it is also gentle and people often recommend it as a primary source of moisture (second only to dermatological treatments). Not to mention, the cream is both fragrance and alcohol free, which makes it a great option for those with sensitive noses.
While cica cream is still new on the scene, centella asiatica extract isn’t. It has been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine and there is lots of anecdotal data to back up the claims. There have been studies that prove it expedites wound healing.
What is in it?
Before jumping onto any new trend, it’s important to do your research about what you put on your body. The active ingredients in cica cream are madecassoside and asiaticoside acid. Madecassoside acid fights against both redness and scaling while also reducing itchiness. Asiaticoside acid, on the other hand, enhances skin recovery from injury while reducing inflammation. When combined, both of these make cica cream a wonderful tool for repairing the health of your skin. Beyond the active ingredients, it is also rich in amino acids and beta carotene — these are powerful anti-aging properties!
When should you use it?
Cica cream provides needed nutrients without irritating the skin. That means it is a great hydrating option after chemical peels or other treatments that can leave your skin feeling raw. You can also use it on a regular basis if you suffer from certain skin ailments such as psoriasis or eczema. While the skin-healing qualities make it a popular choice for post-treatment use, the deep but gentle hydration cica cream delivers qualifies it as a great daily moisturizer as well. You can incorporate it into your morning and evening skin routine. However, some formulations of this cream can be dense, so it’s best to use it towards the end of any routine, after other necessary serums or masks.
Who should use it?
Short answer: everyone. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its hypoallergenic nature, it is suitable for all skin types. Cica products are especially helpful for those with sensitive skin or those who suffer from skin ailments. For those who have acne or rosacea-prone skin, cica cream soothes the skin without clogging the pores. It also has plenty of Vitamin B-5, which is vital for helping the skin to heal post acne. In fact, according to dermatologist Dr. Engleman, “Because cica is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, it’s a great option for acne-prone skin types to keep blemishes at bay. It’s also a powerful ingredient for those who are recovering from acne scarring or usage of harsh acne-targeting skin products.”
You can even find cica cream combined with vitamin C, which has a strong healing effect on your skin. Check out the benefits of vitamin C! When cica cream is combined with vitamin C, it becomes a powerful anti-aging instrument. The combination of moisturization and skin healing means that it targets sun-damaged skin and its symptoms like wrinkles or discoloration.
Other forms of cica cream?
Cica cream has quickly become popular in the Korean beauty world, despite being formulated in the U.S.
You can find not only cica cream as a moisturizer, but also as a component in a variety of K-beauty skin care products. For those looking for a light daily look with restorative properties, a CC cream or BB cream with cica is the perfect option. You can also find calming face masks that utilize the cream to soothe irritated skin. There are even sleeping masks for those who need a deeper long-lasting hydration.
Keep an eye out for other upcoming cica formulas! According to Global Beauty Analyst, Jane Jang, “The next generation of cica creams will boast innovation in textures and formats. Brands will quickly move from creams to serums, toners… while textures will become lightweight and watery. ”
If you are looking for a gentle moisturizing cream to use after derma treatments or for a daily moisturizer that won’t aggravate your skin, cica cream is your answer.