Did you know that Centella Asiatica is in fact Gotu Kola?
I've been hearing about Centella Asiatica for months from various Youtubers and bloggers but only a few days ago I found out that Centella Asiatica is not some little known and recently discovered skin care miracle herb, but it is in fact the very well known in Western medicine Gotu Kola.
Then I did a bit of research by typing Centella Asiatica and then typing Gotu Kola.
In English, there was a lot more information about Gotu Kola, so I guess that's the name by which this herb is best known in the Western part of the world.
Several bits of information about Gotu Kola stood out:
1 It combats cellulite
2 It combats varicose veins
3 It enhances memory
4 It improves learning abilities
5 It prevents strokes
6 It prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's
7 It boosts Testosterone? What? I certainly do not want to boost my Testosterone. I wondered what that was all about and went on to YouTube, my go-to place for super reliable information and watched a video in which a handsome fitness enthusiast/body builder talked about this herb and how it boosts testosterone.
I was relieved to understand that Gotu Kola does not have a direct effect on Testosterone. But because it boosts the circulation in the body, men who take Gotu Kola seem to have lower occurrences of erectile dysfunction. Just to make sure I am not wrong making these assumptions I contacted a herbal doctor and when I hear from him, I will update this post.
( Update as of 15/02/17 I have not heard from the doctor. I took Gotu Kola for a month with no side effects. I will repurchase.)
(Update as of 18/06/17 I have not repurchased it after all because I've been trying other supplements)
If you are interested to know more about Gotu Kola you will have no problem finding great serious articles written by professionals in the herbal nutrition field. I am not one of them. But the bottom line for me is that all of Gotu Kola's health benefits have to do with how well it improves circulation and its anti-oxidant power. I am sold on trying it internally and will let you know how it goes. If I grow a beard, I will post a photo for you to see.
Back to skincare with the precious Gotu Kola or Centella Asiatica.
I saw many serums available on eBay, hardly any on Amazon and a few videos on the raved about Troiareuke Acsen Recovery Cream. ( which is very expensive for the 25ml.....about £53.) I have not decided on a particular product yet. Have you? It would be great if you can let me know. Leave a comment below.
I have been trying the Centella Asiatica toner by Sidmool which is advertised as "more powerful than an ampoule". I bought it from eBay for about £18.
I hoped that it will diminish my skin discolorations which are the result of acne and that it will diminish my acne scars.
What it feels like and application:
It looks, smells and feels like water. As soon as I apply it, it disappears into my skin. It feels somewhat soothing on the skin but it is not moisturizing at all. Because of the new Korean thing about using a toner 7 times, I tried using this Centella Asiatica toner 3 times and then I used Shiseido Pureness Skin Softener 4 times. I tired this for a few days and decided that the madness must stop. And of course the toner did not last me more than a month.
Have I noticed any change to my scars?
Yes, they are definitely getting smaller. ( But is it because of this toner?) Most of my acne scars are indented and pink in the middle. What I have noticed is that the pink area in the middle is getting smaller. ( But is it because of this toner?) Another thing I've noticed is that not all of my scars are effected equally by the products I use. The newer scars are definitely getting smaller, but I have not noticed the same effect on older indented scars.
I am sorry, but I don't know if this toner made any difference to my skin health. The slight change in some scars may be the result of using several brilliant products at the moment.
However I want to believe that Centella Asiatica is contributing to the overall health of my skin and that it is actually speeding up the healing of acne scars.
Also, for years Centella Asiatica has been used for its circulation boosting effect in many luxurious creams for body slimming and "orange peel". Surely this means it works...Who knows.
Will I repurchase?
I won't buy this toner again, but I would be interested in trying other Centella Asiatica products.
I'd like to share with you a blog post in which this toner is reviewed. See the link below. The reviewer's experience is very similar to mine.