by Elizabeth Denton
Skincare is never about just one product or ingredient but if we’re being honest, Gotu kola is one pretty important to us at Altilis Beauty. Gotu kola extracts have the ability to fight the signs of aging as well as protect skin from environmental stressors. This makes it the perfect complement to ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, and of course, our cutting-edge breadfruit flower extract. You can find it in everything from cleansers to moisturizers and even body lotions.
When something works so well it's important to know what exactly is giving you those brilliant results. Continue reading to find out how Gotu kola benefits the skin with its healing and regenerating properties. Then, find it in key Altilis Beauty products for all your anti-aging needs.
The Basics of Gotu Kola
According to Healthline, Gotu kola (Centella asiatica), often called the “fountain of life,” has been used to treat both skin and medical conditions for thousands of years in its native India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the South Pacific. It’s a perennial plant and also a member of the parsley family; it looks a bit like it too, with fan-shaped green leaves, but has no smell.
Gotu kola historically has treated medical conditions such as syphilis, hepatitis and stomach ulcers, but these days it’s used more often in the U.S. to treat psoriasis and help heal minor wounds when used in a skin salve, thanks to its ability to improve blood circulation. This is due to its combination of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals.
How Gotu Kola Heals and Regenerates Skin
Because Gotu kola is rich in triterpene saponins (compounds responsible for cell protection), it helps tighten and firm the skin, making it a key ingredient in anti-aging skincare. Remember how we told you the plant contains phytochemicals? Well, these flavonoids act as antioxidants and fights off free radical damage that leads to those dreaded fine lines and wrinkles. Gotu kola helps keep these from penetrating your skin.
Increasing blood circulation is another way Gotu kola heals and regenerates skin. Think about it this way: you want anti-aging skincare to boost collagen and increase skin turnover making your face look smooth and youthful. Gotu kola speeds up the skin’s healing process. That means it can also help heal skin conditions such as pimples, scars and broken capillaries.
How to Use Gotu Kola in Your Skincare Routine
When it comes to leveraging the power of Gotu kola, it’s important to incorporate it into the right steps in your natural skin care routine. Here, we break down how to use a few of our products that feature the powerful ingredient to unlock your best skin.
This one cleanser basically does it all. It removes makeup, excess oil and impurities all while lightly exfoliating skin. It’s safe for sensitive skin, as well as those with combination and aging skin. Here, Gotu kola works as an astringent, skin-healing ingredient that helps fight those free radicals. It’s combined with antioxidants such as breadfruit flower, as well as soapwort extract (for gentle cleansing), honeybush (to improve skin texture), aloe vera (to promote hydration) and lactic acid (to exfoliate).
For maximum anti-aging benefits, follow up with this ultra-hydrating, fragrance-free moisturizer. Use it day or night for soft, plump skin. In addition to skin-healing Gotu kola and antioxidants, it also contains hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and ceramides to replenish and help strengthen skin’s natural lipid barrier. This moisturizer is safe for all skin types but especially those with dry, aging and sensitive skin will see long-lasting benefits.
Gotu Kola Isn’t Just for Your Face
Your face is important but don’t skip the skin under your clothes! The rest of your body will likely encounter age spots, loose skin, dryness and scars over time. Our Breadfruit Body Butter softens hands and body, making your skin feel silky to the touch. It’s formulated with hemp seed oil and aloe vera, as well as Gotu kola and breadfruit flowers. This combination has wonderful effects on the skin.
Using Gotu kola from head to toe as part of an anti-aging skincare routine has more than just wrinkle-reducing benefits. This is important for all over skin health. From fighting free radicals to healing minor wounds and promoting collagen growth, there’s not much Gotu kola can’t do.
Elizabeth Denton is an LA-based beauty and fashion writer.