Gotu kola, also known as Centella is as the “herb of longevity” in many traditional systems of medicine. Gotukola is a powerhouse for skin health and well-being. Centella asiatica extract, also known as Indian pennywort, is a perennial skin remedy that grows near the Indian Ocean.
Centella asiatica possesses high concentrations of flavonoids, triterpenic steroids, amino acids, and sugars. Together, these constituents can allow for a wide variety of skin benefits such as moisturizing and skin soothing properties. The benefits of gotu kola provide strong anti-aging benefits due to its ability to intrinsically protect skin molecules from degradation. As a result, Centella asiatica infused products may potentially work to prolong the skin’s youthful appearance. Topical application of Centella asiatica products can also help bolster skin barrier function. This improves moisture-retention in the skin, which may inadvertently induce a skin-soothing effect.
It calms inflammation, speed up skin healing, stimulate new cell growth, build collagen, and improve circulation. It restores the firmness of tissues and improves the elasticity of the skin. Effective in correcting conditions related to severely dry skin as well and preventing scarring. In Ayurveda, the herb is classified with age defying properties including the ability to boost collagen in the skin, prevent wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging when used in skincare. When used to make Ayurvedic cosmetics, the fresh juice extract or dried powder form of the herb are used to make creams and masks.