Got Two Cola! Wait, that can’t be right. Go To Koala? Still no …but how cute would that be!? Gotu Kola; Yes! GO-too KOE-la; that’s it! Phew, words can be hard! But caring for your skin doesn’t have to be, especially when Gotu Kola’s got your back! But now that we know how it’s pronounced, what exactly is it?
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 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, totally 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 like 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 (Good thing it’s in our gentle So Clean! cleanser).
It can brighten, tighten, and smooth skin. Because of this it can dramatically 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. Overall, it will rejuvenate and revitalize your skin helping you feel fresh faced and fabulous!
It’s a super soother. Full of calming properties, gotu kola reduces temporary redness and relieves discomfort associated with skin sensitivity. This makes it a great ingredient to look for if you have sensitive skin.
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. This is what makes it a key ingredient in our Crème de la Cream moisturizer. Hydrated skin is the ultimate way to keep common signs of aging at bay.
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, simply start snacking! Eating even 2-3 leaves a day can fortify your body with its potent nutrients and revitalize your skin from the place where its true beauty lies… 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, many of which are specifically marketed for targeted needs.
A number of Fleur & Bee’s products proudly feature gotu kola as one of many sustainably sourced, nutrient-rich ingredients. Get your fresh on with So Clean! This gentle cleanser uses gotu kola to naturally clarify your skin, removing dirt and impurities while soothing and smoothing.
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 hydration without the oiliness. It fights fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone, and is the last moisturizer you will ever need.
Finally, 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 - go ahead; make a spectacle of yourself! …See what we did there?
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, and 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. Who knew that one power plant could be a silver bullet for all your skincare needs!? So, level up! 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!