Pronounced “GO-too KOE-la”, this antioxidant-rich herb might be lurking in your skincare ingredients list. But what is it and what does it do for your skin? Don’t fret- we are here to give you all the deets on gotu kola and how it benefits your skin.
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What Is Gotu Kola? Where Is It From?
Gotu kola, also referred to as pagaga, Indian pennywort, Asiatic pennywort, or brahmi, is the common name for centella asiatica, an ancient perennial herb native to the wetlands of India and other parts of Asia. It is traditionally used in Pan-Asian, holistic, and Ayurvedic medicine, and it is often considered the plant of longevity and restoration.
Gotu kola offers a wide range of benefits. When ingested, it can help improve one’s neurological, nervous, and immune responses. Gotu kola’s innumerous applications and ability to revitalize one’s whole body has this primal powerhouse popping up everywhere, from supplements, to teas and tinctures, to – you guessed it – skincare.
But it’s not just gotu kola’s overall beneficence that make it a great addition to your skincare routine. This brilliant botanical imparts a number of targeted benefits for the health and longevity of your body’s largest organ, making it a dermatological no-brainer.
Benefits of Gotu Kola in Your Skincare Products
Gotu kola is rich with antioxidants. It augments the skin’s ability to fend off environmental stressors that can wreak havoc on your skin and dispels impurities that can bring about signs of premature aging, such as dark spots, wrinkles, and dull skin.
It has cleansing properties. It rids your face of yuck and muck like dirt, bacteria, and pore-clogging oil– which is why we’ve included it in our So Clean! cleanser.
It can brighten, tighten, and smooth skin. Because of this, gotu kola can help reduce the look of scarring, fine lines, and wrinkles. It’s also fabulous for your eye area, which is why we’ve included it in our Eyes Eyes Baby eye cream, as it can minimize the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
It’s a super soother. Full of calming properties, gotu kola reduces temporary redness and relieves discomfort associated with skin sensitivity.
It’s a majorly efficient hydration station. Gotu kola aids the skin in retaining moisture and can help achieve that youthful, dewy glow that only comes from proper amounts of H2O. You’ll find it in our Crème de la Cream brightening moisturizer and H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer.
How to Use Gotu Kola for Skin
There’s a myriad of ways to reap the benefits of this mover, shaker, and dream-skin maker. For a highly holistic approach, start snacking! Eating even 2-3 leaves a day can fortify your body with its potent nutrients and revitalize your skin from within.
But wait – there’s more! Give your skin a direct line to this botanical’s range of bountiful benefits by applying it topically. There are all kinds of gotu kola-enriched skincare products on the market, including a number of Fleur & Bee’s skincare products. So Clean! facial cleanser is a gentle facial cleanser that uses gotu kola to naturally clarify your skin, removing dirt and impurities while soothing and smoothing.
Speaking of smoother skin, ‘A’ Game retinol serum works to effectively tighten and brighten your skin with the power of retinol. You’ll also find gotu kola assisting other skin protecting botanicals in our anti-aging serum.
Round out your gotu kola game with our illuminating eye cream, Eyes Eyes Baby. Let gotu kola gently hydrate and firm one of your skin’s most sensitive areas, while working to reduce puffiness.
Follow it up with Crème de la Cream. This dreamy, creamy skin-brightening moisturizer employs gotu kola’s ability to perfectly balance the skin’s moisture level, flawlessly delivering a healthy dose of moisture.
What Skin Type Is Gotu Kola Good For?
Gotu kola is a super soother and is great for those prone to temporary redness and sensitivity. A highly effective moisture regulator, it works to hydrate, while also keeping shine at bay. This incredible herb is one of nature’s few bounties that can function both as an astringent and a moisturizer, making gotu kola great for dry, oily, and combination skin types.
There you have it, folks. If you’re in need of a refresh and are jonesing for the glowing, strong, revitalized skin you deserve, you’ve got to gotu kola.