If you have sensitive and irritated skin, you’re probably willing to try just about anything to find relief. We’re looking at you, with your face in the freezer. Today we’re talking about THE holy grail of ingredients for irritated sensitive skin and where you should add it into your skin care routine. Your skin will be thankful you discovered Madecassoside!
What Is Madecassoside?
First off, the question we’re all asking: how do you say Madecassoside? It’s pronounced, mad-uh-CASS-oh-side. Madecassoside is an extract from Centella Asitica, AKA Gotu Kola. Gotu Kola is another skincare wonder ingredient, definitely worth looking into. We have all the deets here for you to check out!
But back the star of the show, Madecassoside. This little powerhouse is a natural antioxidant, “used as a therapeutic agent in wound healing, and also as an anti-inflammatory and anti-aging agent,” shares Dr. Jung and associates.
What Does Madecassoside Do For Your Skin?
As the official “hype-girls” of Madecassoside we’ve got to get into all of the incredible benefits it has when added to your skin care routine!
Increases Collagen Production—The two most important types of collagens in the skin are collagen I and collagen III. As we all know, collagen is KEY to keeping our skin hydrated, plump, youthful, and radiant! An older study, found that 48 hours after applying Madecassoside, collagen I was increased by 25-30% and collagen III also had significant increases. Yes, please!
Soothes Dry, Sensitive Skin—As a natural anti-inflammatory, Madecassoside is great for treating dry, flakey, irritated, and itchy skin. It will soothe your skin and help restore it, leaving it smooth and hydrated.
Anti-Aging—When combined with Vitamin C, a 2008 study shares that “after 6 months of treatment, we observed a significant improvement of the clinical score for deep and superficial wrinkles, suppleness, firmness, roughness and skin hydration.”
Strengthens The Skin Barrier—As a natural antioxidant, Madecassoside stops damage caused by the environment and free radicals which can wreak havoc on your skin barrier. It’s also been found to protect your lipids, which are an essential fatty acid that helps bind your skin cells together and lock in moisture.
Any Side Effects From Using Madecassoside In Your Skincare Products?
But wait, it gets better! There are no known side effects of adding Madecassoside to your skin care routine. It even plays nicely with a lot of skin care products you might already be using. You can even pair Madecassoside with vitamin C to enhance its antioxidant properties, or with sodium hyaluronate for an extra hydrating boost. Both are great ingredients for irritated, sensitive skin that need additional hydration in their skin.
Madecassoside is so agreeable that it can even be paired with other actives to make them more tolerable! Retinoids, for example, are known to cause dry, irritated skin, especially for the first four to six weeks of use. Adding a Madecassoside to your facial care can help combat those effects and soothe your skin.
As with any new skin care product, be sure to do a spot test to ensure you don’t have any unknown allergies.
Which Skin Types Are Madecassoside Best For?
Since it’s so gentle, Madecassoside can be used on all skin types! As you may have guessed though, there are some skin types that would really benefit from adding Madecassoside to their skin care line up. If you have dry sensitive skin, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, or acne-prone skin, you’ll want to add Madecassoside skin care products to the top of your wish list!
How To Add Madecassoside To Your Skin Care Routine For Sensitive Skin?
This one really depends on which Madecassoside skin care product you decide to use. Madecassoside can be found in cleansers, serums, ampoule’s, toners, creams and and even masks. The proper order of a skincare routine is cleanser>toner>serums & ampoule’s>moisturizers & creams>SPF.
Madecassoside is gentle enough to use twice a day, no matter which product you choose. The most important factor in seeing results is consistency! It can take 8 to 12 weeks to fully see skin improvement after adding a new skincare product, although many report positive improvement much sooner than that with Madecassoside.