Centella AsiaticaCentella asiatica
Centella asiatica grows in the shady, humid regions of South East Asia, Australia and Africa where its creeping stems produce small umbrella-shaped flowers. Nicknamed « tiger grass » because tigers like to roll in its leaves to heal their wounds, it is traditionally used for its healing and soothing actions. In cosmetics, research carried out on centella has led to the isolation of certain components called asiaticosides, which have the capacity to soothe irritation and stimulate collagen synthesis. Clarins Laboratories also use centella asiatica extract for its high content of unsaponifiables known for their ability to protect skin against ageing.