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Ingredient Spotlight: Gotu Kola

What’s Gotu Kola? 

Gotu Kola is a plant and staple in ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Also known as centella asiatica, it has a slew of benefits for your health, particularly for your skin! 

If you’re hoping to give your skin a boost or preparing for a busy hot girl summer, Gotu Kola can give your skincare regimen an edge to stay hydrated and happy. 

Gotu Kola promotes collagen production, which helps your skin appear firm and bright. Collagen also boosts turnover in skin cells, which speeds up any healing your skin might be doing. Keep reading to learn more about what this ingredient can bring to your skin routine. 

 

Benefits of Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola promotes collagen production, which helps your skin appear firm and bright. Collagen also boosts turnover in skin cells, which speeds up any healing your skin might be doing. Keep reading to learn more about what this ingredient can bring to your skin routine. 

 

Minimizes scars and heal wounds

Gotu Kola is used to minimize the appearance of scars and heal wounds at a faster speed. Because it boosts collagen production, your skin is able to turnover cells more quickly. Gotu Kola serums also can increase regenerated skin cells’ antioxidant levels. A study showed that Gotu Kola also stopped bacterial growth and improved skin’s resilience when healing from wounds. 

 

Stretch mark and varicose vein reduction

Gotu Kola helps your skin’s collagen production, which in turn reduces the appearances of stretch marks and varicose veins (and has been used to treat both of these skin conditions for a long time). 

 

Boosts skin hydration

A study testing Gotu Kola serum proved that it improves your skin’s ability to retain moisture and water, which in turn strengthens your skin, helps with brightness and firmness! Hydrated skin is happy skin. 

 

Anti-Aging Properties 

Gotu Kola’s collagen producing power helps your skin appear firm and improves its elasticity, reducing sagginess or dull skin. Some studies have shown it works better than Vitamin C in keeping skin cells tight. 

 

Adding Gotu Kola to your skincare routine

Gotu Kola has many benefits when it comes to your skin’s collagen production and hydration, both of which are key to having firm, glowing skin. You can add Gotu Kola to your skincare routine through serums, provided that the extract is diluted - Healthline advises for around 1% of a serum or topical cream’s content. 

Gotu Kola is a powerful ingredient and is best used in moderation. Make sure to do a patch test before applying liberally. Once you have, enjoy the glow and firmness of your skin! Turn it into a self care practice by pairing it with another form of Ayurvedic medicine; dry brushing

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