Having dry skin, prone to dehydration, irritation, or some nasty skin concerns, can really complicate your life. Of course, you want to achieve proper hydration and smooth skin. And that mission can be pretty challenging…
Finding the right moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated and will have soothing properties will surely bring you to two magical moisturizing ingredients – hyaluronic acid and Centella asiatica (Cica).
Centella has soothing and healing properties, making it a wonderful skincare ingredient for sensitive skin (or irritated skin) and for wound healing1. On the other hand, hyaluronic acid is all about hydration, hydration, and hydration. Also, hyaluronic acid is suitable for all skin types2!
Even though they differ significantly, you can incorporate both ingredients into your skincare routine and beauty regimen, for the best results!
Keep reading this article to find out tips and tricks on applying Centella asiatica extract and hyaluronic acid to your skin.
Can You Use Hyaluronic Acid With Centella Asiatica?
Yes, absolutely, you can pair hyaluronic acid with Centella asiatica. In fact, these two can work pretty well together and they complement each other – to do magic for you.
So, if you incorporate both these ingredints into your daily routine, you can address multiple skin concerns at the same time! This can be a wonderful treatment, for practically any skin type.
Centella asiatica soothes and heals your skin, reducing skin irritation and redness, while hyaluronic acid will ensure that your face remains well-hydrated – as hyaluronic acid is a potent humectant, it attracts and retains moisture, providing deep hydration to your skin.
If you decide to use them together, just make sure to perform a patch test – as with any other new skin products and introduce them gradually to ensure your skin tolerates the combination well.
How To Use Centella Asiatica And Hyaluronic Acid Together?
There are many ways to incorporate Centella asiatica and hyaluronic acid together into your routine.
Of course, you can combine them in one product – as there are some products that contain both (hydrolyzed) hyaluronic acid and Centella asiatica extract.
For example, you can find the Skin 1004 brand’s whole line of Hylu-Cica products, based on hyaluronic acid and Centella asiatica, including serum, toner, cream, ampoule – and much more.
Except for that, you can use them at different steps of your routine. You may start with your Centella asiatica product to soothe and heal your skin. Then, you can follow with a hyaluronic acid to lock in the moisture.
The options are various, and I will discuss some examples below. But, generally, you should first apply products with thinner consistency, followed by thicker consistency.
The choice on how you incorporate these two ingredients into your routine also depends on your skin type and – skin concerns.
Of course, if you have sensitive or irritated skin, you may want to prioritize the Cica in your routine. On the other hand, if your primary concern is dehydration or you want to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, focus on the hyaluronic acid.
Here are a few ways to use Cica and HA together:
1. Cica Serum + Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Start your routine with a gentle cleanser, in order to clean your face first. Then, apply Centella asiatica serum or ampoule, and follow it up with hyaluronic acid serum.
2. Cica Cleanser + HA Serum
Use Cica cleanser first, to clean your face gently, reducing the possibility of irritation. Then, after cleansing, apply a hyaluronic acid serum to lock in moisture and maintain hydration.
3. Cica Ampoule + HA Cream
After proper cleansing, begin with a soothing Cica ampoule, followed by hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration.
Does Hyaluronic Acid Go Before Or After Centella?
There is no specific rule on which goes first in terms of effectiveness or safety. However, it is probably better to use Centella asiatica first, for soothing the skin (or any inflammation and redness) first, followed up with a hydration boost provided by hyaluronic acid.
This, of course, depends on the product type itself, and its texture (thickness) – you will surely use a cleanser before serum, for example. In this article you can see all 10 steps of K-beauty routine explained – it will help you understand how to layer different skincare products.
How Long To Wait Between Cica And Hyaluronic Acid?
The key to a successful combination of these two ingredients in your skincare is to allow each product to be absorbed into the skin before applying the next one. Generally, there is no specific time you would have to wait.
By waiting until the, let’s say serum, absorbs into the skin of your face and neck, you ensure that the serum can work effectively and that your skin gets the full benefits, for the best skin treatment.
Benefits Of Pairing Hyaluronic Acid With Cica
Pairing these two ingredients can have several benefits, as these two ingredients complement each other in promoting healthy and hydrated skin and soothing it all the way.
- Hydrated skin
Hyaluronic acid, and especially water-soluble salt of hyaluronic acid (called sodium hyaluronate), is a great humectant, which attracts and keeps water in the skin, while Cica soothes it (and provides extra hydration, too).
- Soothing irritated skin, with compromised skin barrier
Another benefit of combining these two into your skincare is soothing. They complement each other – and this combination soothes your skin more powerfully.
Also, both ingredients are great for practically any skin type, including sensitive, dry, combination skin, and acne-prone, oily skin.
- Perfect combo for mature skin
Both these ingredients have anti-aging benefits and help to preserve skin’s vitality.
PRO TIP: If you need extra moisture, look for sodium hyaluronate (or hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid) and Centella asiatica serum.
While both of these cosmetic compounds are generally safe and well-tolerated, you should still be careful. As with any other skincare ingredient, make sure you perform a patch test before you start using it on a daily basis.
Of course, always check the ingredients first! Ensure there is the right amount of both ingredients and the rest is natural, too.
You should also avoid using these ingredients too much, or too often. Over-using can still cause you some skin issues.
If you are using Cica-based products, make sure you use sun protection regularly, as it can make your skin sensitive to the sun.
Finally, if you experience any itching, redness, or rash, discontinue using Cica or hyaluronic acid products.
Final Verdict: Is It Safe To Pair Centella Asiatica And Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine?
As previously mentioned, pairing Cica and hyaluronic acid is generally safe and can actually be beneficial for a wide range of skin types and conditions.
These two can be used by individuals with all skin types, including dry, sensitive, oily, and combination skin.
Now, although both ingredients are generally safe for oily skin, some people with very oily skin may find applying multiple products can feel heavy or greasy. In such cases, consider using them at different times of the day. For example, use Centella asiatica serum in the morning, and hyaluronic acid serum in the evening. Or simply use lighter textures.
Everything You Need To Know About Centella Asiatica
Centella asiatica, also known as Cica, or Gotu Kola, is a medicinal herb, used for centuries in the treatment of various conditions.
Key ingredients include asiaticoside, madecassoside, and asiatic and madecassic acid – all having different positive effects on your skin.
Cica can be found in different skincare products, such as creams, serums, and masks. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types, from dry to oily – but it is particularly great for sensitive, irritated, or damaged skin, as it has soothing properties.
Benefits Of Cica
- Soothing and anti-inflammatory effects
It contains compounds like asiaticoside and madecassoside, which both have anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, our magical Cica can help you calm redness and irritation, making it an excellent choice for sensitive or damaged skin.
- Better wound healing
It is also known in promoting wound healing and tissue regeneration. Therefore, Cica can be beneficial for scars, including those from acne or surgery – or stretch marks!
- Plump skin with even complection
Furthermore, it contains antioxidants4 that can help you protect the skin from free radical damage, helping to maintain a youthful and healthy complexion. Besides, it helps retain moisture, making it an excellent ingredient for hydrating and plumping the skin5.
- Great for mature skin
It is also great for anti-aging. Cica can stimulate collagen production, contributing to improved skin firmness and elasticity6.
Who Should Use Centella?
Anyone can use Centella asiatica extract! However, it is especially great for those of you with sensitive skin, damaged or irritated skin, or for those of you with some scars or stretch marks. But – like I said before – anyone can benefit from it.
Is It Okay To Use Cica Everyday?
Cica is a natural and gentle ingredient that can be used everyday. It is generally well-tolerated by all skin types, so – enjoy it!
What Are The Side Effects Of Centella?
Side effects of Centella asiatica when used topically are very rare – and minimal. Very rarely, it can trigger signs of allergic reactions.
Studies show that Centella is even safe to use during pregnancy – and often recommended as natural solution for stretch marks!
There is one situation when you should definitely avoid Cica: in the case of liver disease or damage, as it may sometimes cause liver toxicity.
What Not To Mix With Centella Asiatica?
Cica is natural and gentle – and can be used with… pretty much everything!
Everything You Need To Know About Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body – and particularly in the skin, connective tissue, and (wait for it) – eyes.
It’s basically a type of sugar molecule, and a key component in maintaining your skin’s health and hydration.
Benefits Of Hyaluronic Acid
Benefits of hyaluronic are various. Among all other benefits is definitely – hydration7! Hyaluronic acid has an exceptional ability to attract and retain water molecules in your skin8. Did you know it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water?
This also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. But there is another reason hyaluronic is great in fighting skin aging.
As we age, the body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases, leading to drier and less elastic skin. Using hyaluronic acid in your skincare can help replenish what’s lost, resulting in a more youthful appearance9.
Furthermore, hyaluronic acid supports the skin’s protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and shielding your precious skin against environmental aggressors. A healthy barrier is essential for overall skin health – so, it’s basically protecting your skin!
Who Should Use Hyaluronic Acid
Anyone can benefit from using hyaluronic acid. However, it is particularly useful for those of you with dehydrated skin – mature, dry, oily, or combination skin. Using a hyaluronic serum is beneficial for practically anyone.
Side Effects Of Hyaluronic Acid
The side effect profile of hyaluronic acid is really – minimal. Sometimes – but rarely, it may cause mild skin sensitivity, redness, or irritation when using products containing hyaluronic acid.
That’s why it’s important to perform a patch test before. Also, some individuals can show signs of allergic reactions, but these are extremely rare.
What Should You Not Use With Hyaluronic Acid?
It’s safe to pair it with other ingredients, but make sure to do a patch test when combining it with some other active compounds, as it can be irritating to your skin – or cause your skin to be overly hydrated and sticky.
So, be careful if you combine it with retinoids (retinol), salicylic acid, AHAs, vitamin C, niacinamide, acne medications, or heavy or emollient oils and creams. The goal is to hydrate your skin, not to make it oily!
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