Why Tiger Grass, or Centella Asiatica, Is a Skin-Care Ingredient to Keep on Your Radar
“Tiger grass” may sound like something straight out of the jungle, but it’s actually an ingredient that’s making its way into all sorts of skin-care products. If you haven’t heard of it, chances are you will soon. The ingredient, also known as centella asiatica, is rising in popularity and we’re fully on board. Ahead, find out what tiger grass is and why you’ll want to give it a spot in your skin-care routine.
What Is “Tiger Grass”?
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), tiger grass or centella asiatica is a medicinal plant that has long been widely used in the East and has recently started to gain traction in the West. The NCBI also reports that centella asiatica has been referred to as a “panacea,” as well as a “miracle elixir of life,” for thousands of years.
The Benefits of Tiger Grass and Centella Asiatica
Centella asiatica is most well-known for its wound-healing abilities. In fact, legend has it that centella asiatica got its nickname of “tiger grass” from tigers that would roll around in the plant after battle in an effort to soothe their wounds. While we can’t confirm the legitimacy of that tale, the NCBI does state that centella asiatica has traditionally been recommended for wounds. Additionally, the NCBI also states that centella asiatica has been used to address a wide-range of dry skin-related conditions thanks to its ability to improve skin hydration and that it’s a suitable ingredient for anti-aging formulations.
To learn more about centella asiatica, we reached out to board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com expert, Dendy Engelman, M.D., who is a big fan of the ingredient in skin care.
“It contains saponins, which serve to be anti-inflammatory,” says Dr. Engelman. The NCBI confirms that in addition to all its other uses, most formulations with centella asiatica can complement dry and sensitive skin. Ahead, we rounded up our favorite centella asiatica products.
This face moisturizer is formulated with pro-retinol and centella asiatica to strengthen your skin’s barrier, reduce the visibility of wrinkles and give you supple, softer skin. The cream has a lightweight, non-greasy finish that smoothes onto skin with ease.
Repair, strengthen and soothe dry, sensitive skin with this Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream from Dr. Jart+. The soft cream helps moisturize and balance even the most stressed skin types.
Calm irritated skin while also reducing blemishes with the CosRX Centella Blemish Cream. Apply the thick cream and let the antibacterial agent address redness, acne scars and hyperpigmentation.
For a sensitive skin option, try the Kiehl’s Cica Cream. This soothing moisturizer contains D-panthenol and madecassoside (extracted from centella asiatica) which works to keep your skin looking glowy, moisturized and healthy.