A component of the renowned plant centella asiatica, madecassoside is a water-soluble and highly effective ingredient. When used within a skincare routine, madecassoside provides skin comforting and antioxidant benefits.
If your skin feels sensitive or dry, your natural production of sebum (the oil our bodies produce) could be imbalanced. The skin moisture barrier, protects our skin by retaining moisture and lipds and defending our skin against the effects of environmental aggressors. Skincare ingredients like madecassoside can help to support the skin moisture barrier.
This hero ingredient can be found in moisturisers, serums and creams. By using a madecassoside enriched skincare routine such as the Cicaplast range, your skin moisture barrier can strengthen to help reduce sensitivity. Read on to find out how to incorporate this gentle ingredient into your regime.
WHAT IS MADECASSOSIDE?
The centella asiatica plant has been used as repairing herb for centuries. Madecassoside is a triterpenoid compound of the plant, and is rich in fatty and amino acids, antioxidant beta carotene and phytochemicals. When isolated, madecassoside becomes water-soluble. This means that all those potent features can be utilised topically in skincare.
BENEFITS OF MADECASSOSIDE FOR SKIN
Some skin is prone to dryness or sensitivity, but all skin types can react to or become exasperated by external aggressors. Hot or cold weather and extreme weather changes, as well as sun exposure and dry climates all influence skin’s natural moisture balance. These factors, combined with the daily pollutants we all face mean that applying hydrating ingredients is an important self-care step for everyone.
Alongside the intense moisture provided by madecassoside, the antioxidant properties it has can help reduce skin-damage as a result of exposure to environmental aggressors. Collagen production and hydration is encouraged and sealed in, and skin is soothed. By using this modern ingredient, you allow your skin’s moisture barrier to strengthen.
WHAT INGREDIENTS DOES MADECASSOSIDE WORK WELL WITH?
Layering and pairing skincare is fundamental within our multi-step routines. If you’re feeling a little lost with steps, a good method is to construct a compatible list of products. Because madecassoside is gentle, it can be utilised alongside a number of potent ingredients.
Alternatively known as pantothenic acid, vitamin B5 has intensive hydrating abilities and assists in preventing trans-epidermal water loss. Combining the moisturising effects of vitamin B5 with madecassoside helps skin to further retain water.
Another big name in the hydration field – hyaluronic acid can hold water up to 1000x its own weight. You may already utilise this ingredient in your routine; adding madecassoside will support a dual-hydrating process.
Both vitamin C and madecassoside are antioxidants on their own – protecting skin cells from oxidative damage and fading hyperpigmentation to enhance radiance. If you want to focus on brightening and revitalising skin, you can pair these ingredients together. Layering vitamin C and madecassoside is especially good for those with sensitive skin-types and as a solution to tired or dull looking skin.
Another plant-based derivative, glycerin aids in the fortification of our skin moisture barrier. It’s complementary to madecassoside because the similar structures work together to pull water into skin, helping to defend against the effects of the elements.
WHAT PRODUCTS USE MADECASSOSIDE?
Madecassoside is a powerful ingredient for sensitive skin. Creating a routine that utilises this powerhouse product can influence skin's radiance and plumpness. Look to create a layered morning and evening routine for best results.
FACE AND BODY BALMS
Face and body balms aid in the hydration of skin. Using a nourishing balm like the Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm with madecassoside, vitamin B5 and anti-bacterial manganese will moisturise and help dry skin which is experiencing discomfort.
Sheet masks offer an instant solution to dehydrated and tired skin. Do the most by applying a sheet mask that contains madecassoside, like the Cicaplast B5 Facial Mask, which also contains Vitamin B5 and La Roche Posay Thermal Water for added enrichment.
HYALURONIC ACID & VITAMIN B5 SERUMS
There are few products as potent as serums. The ingredients used are absorbed directly into skin, which means you can focus on targeted results. For plumper skin, immediately apply a madecassoside serum like the Hyalu B5 Serum after cleansing. This serum also contains glycerin and hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the surface of skin and retain it.
VITAMIN C MOISTURISER
Moisturisers are a foundational component of good skincare routines. To reap the hydrating benefits of madecassoside, apply a moisturiser like the Redermic Vitamin C 10 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, which also contains Vitamin C for firming and anti-ageing.
VITAMIN C EYE CREAM
The skin around our eyes requires special care. Especially as part of your anti-ageing regime, using a potent eye cream will help to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. Start using a Vitamin C and madecassoside-infused eye cream like the Redermic Vitamin C Anti-Ageing Eye Cream to see radiant and plumped results.
MADECASSOSIDE VS CENTELLA ASIATICA
Madecassoside is a component of the centella asiatica plant. On its own, centella asiatica is fairly similar to green tea. It has antioxidant benefits, but they mostly come from its potent compounds like madecassoside. Once removed from the herbal plant, madecassoside becomes water-soluble and can therefore be utilised in a range of skincare products.
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