Aging. Some welcome it with grace and confidence; others build an arsenal to fight off its advances. Whether you belong to the former or the latter, we can all agree on one thing: we can do without the wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin. Lucky for us, an unassuming little plant found in the wetlands of Asia and Africa may just be the closest we’ll ever get to the fountain of youth. Gotu kola—prized since ancient times by Daoist masters, monks and yogis for its cognitive and spiritual benefits—is fast becoming a favorite in modern medicine and skin care for its healing abilities and anti-aging properties.
Also known by its scientific name centella asiatica or commonly as pennywort, gotu kola is best known in the ancient world for its health benefits (improves brain function, eases anxiety, treats infections and is revered as an herb of longevity, among others). Today, it’s one of the most common ingredients in skin care products, thanks to is potent combination of amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals—everything the skin needs to fight off the signs of aging and to protect itself from environmental stressors.
Gotu kola is rich in triternene saponins—a compound that helps keep skin tighter and firmer—and is also a great source of phytonutrients called flavonoids that act as antioxidants and fight off free radical damage. It boosts the formation of collagen and skin tissue, which is crucial in maintaining the skin’s elasticity and youthful glow. Another benefit that gotu kola is most known for is its ability to improve blood circulation. This speeds up the skin’s healing process (goodbye, pimple scars and blemishes!) and makes it effective in treating varicose veins, broken capillaries and stubborn cellulite. This also helps hair loss problems as better circulation means improved delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the scalp. Because of its potent health and skin care properties, gotu kola is often featured as a key ingredient in serums, eye creams and beauty oils. It can also be consumed as tea or taken as a food supplement.
Now who needs that mythical fountain when gotu kola’s wealth of benefits are right at our fingertips? Here’s a list of our favorite products that harness the power of this miracle herb!
As its name suggests, the Hydra-Cool Serum delivers intense hydrating and soothing effects for all skin types, thanks to its nourishing and healing formula that features gotu kola, hyaluronic and kojic acids, vitamin B5 and menthol. Perfect for calming sun-burned skin!
Because the skin around our eyes is thinner and more sensitive, finding a product that targets eye aging without causing irritation can be tricky. Kat Burki’s eye mask has a potent formula that gives eyes a much-needed pick-me-up while being gentle on skin. Thanks to its soothing natural oils, KB5 Complex (an exclusive blend of potent botanicals), plant stem cells and hyaluronic acid.
Aside from having a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, gotu kola and lotus are both key in reducing inflammation, boosting collagen synthesis and strengthening the skin’s lipid barrier. With its blend of essential oils and herbs, this body oil nourishes and protects skin from damage and premature aging, encourages relaxation and promotes a sense of wellness.
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We all look forward to a nice, warm bath after a long and stressful day, and the Spirulina and Sea Mineral Soak amps that experience by transforming your much-needed bath into pure luxury. It is specially formulated to naturally detoxify and hydrate skin, promote better circulation and relieve tension.
A must-have for every pregnant woman, this belly oil preps and conditions your skin for expansion with its pregnancy-safe formula that’s clinically proven to decrease the risk of stretch marks by 39 percent. Its aromatherapeutic blend of essential oils not only nourishes the skin but also promotes calmness and relaxation.
The savior of tired, swollen legs, this specially formulated leg gel relieves pain and swelling by stimulating blood flow. It’s infused with vitamin E that acts as an antioxidant and comes in a refreshing menthol formula.
This treatment gel targets scarring caused by injuries, C-sections and cosmetic surgeries with a formula that features lactic acid to brighten and promote cell renewal, olive oil to improve elasticity, gotu kola to speed up the healing process and antioxidants to block off free radicals
A balm featuring a blend of essential oils—eucalyptus, centella asiatica, lemon and patchouli—that encourages a sense of peace and ultimate relaxation from inside out.