Hydrocotyl Extract


Plant extracts

Hydrocotyl Extract description

Hydrocotyl extract is the extract of a perennial herb that grows primarily in Asia, and may be listed on labels as asiatic acid, gotu kola, or _Centella asiatica_. For years, it’s had both culinary and medicinal uses, but like many traditional plant extracts, it’s gaining popularity as a skin care ingredient. It first gained popularity in South Korea, where it’s the star ingredient in moisturisers known as “cica creams.” “Cica” is a shortening of the term _Centella asiatica_, and these creams are well known for their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. It has multiple benefits for skin thanks to its active compounds, including madecassoside, which serves as an antioxidant. Hydrocotyl extract itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids, and there’s additional research showing that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin. Concentrations of 5% show notable improvement in skin’s moisture content, although lower amounts also have value for skin, including soothing and antioxidant benefits. For example, amounts between 0.2–0.5% help maintain hydration and improve skin’s barrier by encouraging ceramide NS, one of the “mortar substances” that keep skin’s surface smooth and intact.

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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