What is Ji Xue Cao?
Centella Asiatica, Gotu Kola, Pennywort, Tiger grass, Wild Violet and, for those of us practising Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ji Xue Cao… the many names given to this truly brilliant botanical hint at its widespread popularity.
Most recently, it’s been creating a real buzz in western beauty and skincare circles, though its popularity has endured for centuries in the East.
Native to China, Africa and India, Ji Xue Cao has long been used in eastern cooking, as well as in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Renowned for its cooling and detoxifying properties, it has been hailed as a highly effective natural treatment for many ailments, from colds and fevers to eczema, psoriasis and ageing skin. Of course, modern skincare science now backs up what TCM has long claimed for this precious and powerful perennial…
The beauty benefits of Ji Xue CaoJi Xue Cao is naturally rich in amino acids, beta carotene, chlorophyll, fatty acids and phytochemicals. What’s more, its active compounds, madecassoside, asiaticoside and asiatic acid, act as natural antioxidants, astringents and anti-inflammatories. These combined qualities inevitably offer some very versatile and powerfully effective skin benefits:
- Nature’s skin saviour | Its gentle astringent properties prove highly beneficial for skin prone to eczema, psoriasis, acne and sensitivity, helping relieve the redness, itching and heat associated with these concerns. Skin that was once compromised feels calm and soothed, with many people noting faster skin healing, a decreased likelihood of acne scarring and the prevention of future breakouts.
- Advanced skin rejuvenation | Its antioxidant qualities help protect against free radical damage and premature skin ageing induced by exposure to pollution and UV rays. What’s more, it is believed to help stimulate the production of Type 1 Collagen, which over time will help firm and plump skin. Furthermore, a 2016 study by the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Science found evidence of diminishing wrinkle depth as well as enhanced skin tightness and brightening.
- Hydrating hero | Ji Xue Cao is also renowned for strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier, meaning it better holds on to water, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid, leaving the complexion feeling more deeply hydrated.
- Super smoother | Finally, this natural active has been found to help boost blood circulation. This effect reduces toxins in the system and delivers oxygen more effectively around the body, resulting in smoother skin texture.
Dermatology M products containing Ji Xue CaoJi Xue Cao Shui Gao | Soothing Treatment
Ideal for combination or oily skin prone to breakouts, acne, Ji Xue Cao Shui Gao targets excess skin oils, spots and blemishes to help restore balance and a brighter, more even complexion.