24 ways to fight skin ageing with centella asiatica: LipoTherapeia publishes research overview

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Centella asiatica is the hot new anti-aging active right now, due to its multifunctional action on skin. Natural anti-ageing experts LipoTherapeia have now published an extensive list of what centella can do for skin, based on 47 research papers.

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Centella asiatica is the hot new anti-aging ingredient right now

We have used centella for a 15 years at the clinic and have clearly seen the benefits this ancient Ayurvedic herb has to offer for skin

The southeast asian herb gotu kola (centella asiatica) is the new trendy anti-ageing active in skincare and food supplements, used by more and more large skincare companies. London-based natural anti-ageing experts LipoTherapeia have been using centella asiatica in their skincare products and treatments for the last 15 years and have now released a comprehensive research-based overview of the benefits of gotu kola on skin and blood vessels, at lipotherapeia.com/centella.

Centella asiatica is one of the most important actives known today for anti-aging, skin repair, microcirculation, skin firming and cellulite. At the time of publication (November 2017) there are at least 47 peer-reviewed papers on the multiple skin properties of gotu kola and more than 640 studies on centella’s effect on overall health, from gastric health to cancer to brain function. In one of these studies centella is described as ‘a medicinal plant panacea used for 3000 years’.

“Panacea may denote hype and miraculous results, in which we do not believe, but we can definitely say that centella asiatica is a unique herb which offers a balanced, natural approach to skin tightening and rejuvenation, as well as cellulite”, LipoTherapeia’s skin tightening specialist, Georgios Tzenichristos states. “We have used centella for a 15 years at the clinic and have clearly seen the benefits this ancient Ayurvedic herb has to offer for skin”, Georgios adds.

LipoTherapeia has distilled the 47 clinical, in-vivo, ex-vivo and in-vitro studies into a 24-long list summary of the benefits of centella asiatica on skin and blood vessels.

According to the studies, centella stimulates the production of collagen types I and III, hyaluronic acid and elastin and protects the same skin proteins from breakdown. At the same time centella also protects tissues from overproduction of collagen, which can lead to fibrosis and ageing.

Furthermore, centella also protects blood vessel walls and repairs leaky capillaries; fights fat tissue inflammation; protects skin from glycation, caused by excessive sugar consumption; protects from UV-induced cell damage; boosts skin moisturisation; and protects skin from excessive pigmentation.

According to these clinical studies these combined actions may help:
Boost skin tightness, elasticity and rejuvenate skin
Fight stretch marks and cellulite
Inhibit the formation of keloids and hypertrophic scars, and accelerate wound and burn healing
Improve puffy ankles / fluid retention / oedema, as well as heavy, tired and restless legs and leg cramps
Improve chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), lymphoedema, venous hypertension, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and vein inflammation (phlebitis)
The full “distilled” list of all 47 science papers is found at LipoTherapeia’s dedicated centella page.

Although centella has been used by German, Italian and French doctors for venous disorders, wound healing and anti-ageing for several decades, it is much less known in the UK or in the United States. However, more and more people are now becoming aware of centella, and herbal teas, food supplements, cellulite creams, facials, anti-aging creams and cellulite treatments using centella asiatica are now more common.

Centella asiatica is traditionally used as a herbal tea or salad ingredient in several countries, including India, Thailand, Madagascar, but it is unlikely to become as Instagrammable as turmeric any time soon, due to its strong herbal taste, which may be a put-off for western palates). Nevertheless, centella is still gaining recognition and it is going to become more and more common in skincare and overall health, due to its multifunctional medicinal actions.

Georgios has used supplements of, and has formulated cosmetic products with, centella asiatica for the last 15 years and is available for further commenting on +44 207 118 2014 or at lipotherapeia.com/contact.

LipoTherapeia, The Hale Clinic, 7 Park Crescent, London, W1B 1PF


Disclaimer: This article is only provided for informational purposes and is not intended to replace medical care or advice or to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Always consult your doctor.

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