Centella AsiaticaCentella asiatica
Centella Asiatica grows on the marshy soils of South East Asia, Australia and Africa. Its slender, creeping stems produce small umbrella-shaped bunches of flowers. Commonly known as "tiger grass" because large cats like to roll in its leaves to soothe their wounds, it is traditionally used to treat dermatological infections, heal wounds and for epilepsy and memory loss. In cosmetics, research on Centella Asiatica has led to the isolation of several active substances. Clarins Laboratories were particularly interested in one of these molecules, Asiaticoside, which is capable of soothing irritation, stimulating collagen synthesis and protecting skin against ageing.