If you’re following me on my Instagram, you’d know how much I love centella asiatica. It is also known as Indian Pennyworth, Gotu Kola, or simply cica. It has a lot of skincare benefits and it is preferred for those who have sensitive skin types for a number of reasons. Now I’d usually review a skincare product after at least 30 days from first use. But due to a deadline of sorts, I’ll be discussing this cream from Natural Derma Project today even if I’ve only used it for at least a week.
NATURAL CICA CREAM
Cica Bio-Placenta Cream, mainly formulated with Bio-Placenta and Centella Asiatica leaf extract, helps rejuvenate and cure irritated skin with the function of cell vitalization and irritant protection.
The Cica Bio-Placenta Cream comes in a sturdy, plastic tub containing 50 ml of product. It has its own plastic spatula and it carries the sweet scent of lemon that’s not too strong and not too subtle either. It has a very light minty green color in the tub but appears white against the skin.
The star ingredients are the names of this cream: bio-placenta and cica/centella asiatica extract. Bio-placenta is a patented ingredient with 5 growth factors, amino acids and vitamins. Its effects include accelerated healing of the skin, increase skin renewal rate, wrinkle reduction, and skin rejuvenation. Other ingredients include allantoin, ceramide and betaine.
It’s a gel-like cream that can be suitable for a lot of skin types. The texture becomes runny, almost watery as soon as you start massaging it into the skin. For those who are on the more oily spectrum, consider applying a small amount first. In my experience, as I’ve got oily skin, the cream produces a tacky feeling as you begin to apply it. Within one to two minutes the tackiness gives way to a soft and smooth feeling. It never feels sticky or greasy to touch even with how hot and humid the weather has become in the Philippines. It also leaves a cooling sensation which is always a welcome comfort. As soon as it is absorbed, the skin feels hydrated and looks slightly dewy. At best I can say, it has a satin-like finish. I believe it doesn’t make me more oily during the day
The cream on the back of my hand.
I can recommend this to every skin type but I do believe this will benefit dry or normal skin more. If you’ve got an oily skin and you don’t mind waiting for a few minutes for the cream to be fully absorbed, then go ahead and give this a go. Seeing as this is just my first week of use of this moisturizer, I will update you guys if anything changes in my skin as I will keep this in my skincare rotation. But if any of you are interested, you can get this now at my Charis Store.
Who’s a big fan of cica/centella asiatica here? A show of hands please! What centella products are you loving?
[*Charis Celeb & Natural Derma Project has kindly provided the product for review. All opinions are my own.]
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