CENTELLA AND ITS COSMETIC APPLICATIONS
The active ingredients of Centella asiatica have shown to have modulating properties on the development and metabolism of connective tissue.
Centella asiatica has been documented to aid wound healing in several scientific studies. One of the primary mechanisms of action of this plant appears to be the stimulation of type-1 collagen production. Animal studies have consistently shown topical application of Centella asiatica to a sutured wound significantly increased the breaking strength of the wound.
Thus, selected triterpenes of Centella asiatica may help to improve wound repair with a better re-epithelialisation and a normalisation of perivascular connective tissue allowing an improvement of the venous wall tone and elasticity.
Several studies have shown that oral treatment with extracts of Centella Asiaticacan improve the activities of antioxidant enzymes and slow down the oxidative stress process.
Thus, Centella Asiatica extract is recommendable to formulate cosmetic products for the protection of skin and hair against oxidative processes.
Stimulates healing of wounds, sores, eczema, ulcers, infected cuts & other skin ailments [1,2,3,4,6,7,9,13]
Stimulates collgen synthesis |12]
|Product dedicated for damaged and chapped skin|
After sun creams6
Promotes keratinisation and healthy growth of the recticulo-endothelium (skin & underlying connective tissue)
Improves tensile strength of tissue, when applied topically [4,7,9]
Skin care especially anti-ageing products and products for mature skins.
Eye contour creams
Cleansing wounds [2,8]
|Anti-acne products and products for blemished, problem & adolescent skins|
|Anti-cellulite, skin firming and contouring products & creams for massage & “heavy legs”|
Skin smoothing 
|Bath & shower products|
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