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If you’ve ever looked at the label on the back of a skincare product, you know that it’s filled with tons of abbreviations and chemical compounds that most of us have never heard of – or are even able to pronounce. Now, amongst the lengthy list of unpronounceable chemicals, there’s an ingredient that is as cool as it sounds. Let’s find out what the story is with Tiger Grass.
It’s a medicinal herb, originating from the Far East - China, India, and surrounding countries. Even though it is just now making a name for itself in the skincare universe, it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Its proper name is Centella Asiatica.
Tiger grass is a plant that grows close to the ground, in and around bodies of water. It has small, fan-shaped green leaves with white and purple-pink flowers. It is tasteless and odorless.
Surprisingly, it is actually the other way around. People in China noticed that injured tigers would roll in the plant, rubbing their wounds against it. Time and time again, they would observe tigers repeating this action – they were obviously on to something. After diving deeper into their studies of the plant, they found out that it had incredible therapeutic properties. As a nod to its origins, it was aptly named Tiger Grass.
The main active ingredients in Tiger Grass are saponins – chemical compounds found in plants with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
The term ‘saponins’ comes from the Latin word ‘sapo’, which means ‘soap’. Another interesting property of saponins is their foaming ability when mixed with water. It is no surprise that they found their way into skincare products. There are other powerful active ingredients found in Tiger Grass, like aglycone asiatic acid, asiaticosides and madecassoside. While these complex names might seem overwhelming, what is important to know is that they are all responsible for promoting the production of collagen. Collagen, which is naturally produced by the skin’s dermis, is responsible for skin elasticity and firmness. These impressive active ingredients show exactly why Tiger Grass is becoming more of a staple in skincare products.
The various active ingredients found in Tiger Grass come together to create a remarkable skincare champion. It is no surprise that Centella Asiatica has been used as a panacea, or miracle elixir of life, for thousands of years. On top of its wound healing abilities, Tiger Grass is great for treating dry skin, thanks to its ability to improve skin hydration. This increased moisturization level in the skin also does wonders for anti-aging. The skin’s moisture barrier weakens with age, which causes loss of firmness and the appearance of wrinkles. When you help strengthens the skin’s barrier, you are reversing, or at least slowing down, the natural deterioration. After you use a Tiger Grass enhanced product, you’ll notice that your skin looks and feels smoother and softer, with a newfound firmness. By using it on a consistent basis, you’ll see and feel remarkable effects. First, your skin will simply look better; rejuvenated and with a diminished appearance of lines and wrinkles. Second, as your skin barrier becomes stronger, it will resist the signs of aging. That is exactly what you want a skincare product to do – rebuild your skin barrier, so that you’re not just handling the effects of time thus far, but you’re also making sure that those effects will be less and less visible in the future.
At Fabric we use Centella Asiatica in all of our skincare products; it’s just too beneficial not to. As a powerhouse of an ingredient, you’ll be thrilled to have it as a part of your daily skincare routine. If you find yourself wounded in a jungle after fighting a tiger, roll around in a Centella Asiatica plant – it will do wonders. On any other day, use Fabric skincare products to look and feel your best.