Have you noticed? Centella asiatica is the new IT ingredient.
It’s popping up everywhere. Lotions. Serums. Masks. It’s worse than mushrooms, I tell you.
The craze started in Korea (where else?) and is now taking London by storm too. But we took it a step further here. Centella asiatica is the hero ingredient in the Meso-CRF® Facial | Centella treatment, a new treatment that combines this herb with radiotherapy.
Last month, I popped into the Hale Clinic, Marylebone, to give it a try. Here’s how it went:
What The Heck Is Centella Asiatica?
Centella asiatica. Gotu kola. Indian pennywort. Same thing.
It’s a small plant that grows in damp areas all over the world, from India and China to South Africa and Mexico. It’s been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat wounds, alleviate depression and improve memory.
You’ll also find it in salads. And now skincare.
What Does Centella Asiatic Do For Skin?
This is the tricky part. You’ll find plenty of studies showing centella asiatica can do anything from boosting collagen to healing wounds.
Problem is, most of these studies are done in vitro (in a petri dish) or on animals. Not on real skin. That’s not to say they’re not valid. It’s just that having studies on real skin would have been better. Just saying…
Anyway, here’s a recap of the science on centella asiatica:
- In a small study on real skin in humans, asiaticoside (a component of centella asiatica) reduces crow’s feet
- In human skin in vitro, madecassoside (another component of centella asiatica) prevents UBV-induced hyperpigmentation
- In rats, centella asiatica helps heal wounds by boosting collagen production
- In rats, madecassoside shows powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritations
- Centella asiatica contains antioxidants that fights free radicals and boost collagen
Super promising for anti aging, isn’t it?
The Meso-CRF® Facial | Centella treatment
Centella asiatica cream + deep tissue radiofrequency = The Meso-CRF® Facial | Centella treatment
Deep tissue radiofrequency is the strongest technology for skin tightening and firming. Centella asiatica a powerful collagen-boosting extract.
Put them together and they supercharge each other. Not only centella helps radiofrequency boost collagen – radio frequency helps absorb centrally by 500% so it works even better.
This treatment is different from Botox, something Georgios Tzenichristoss, director of Lipotherapeia (the guys behind The Meso-CRF® Facial) doesn’t like. Botox works immediately by freezing muscles. The Meso-CRF® Facial takes longer to work but the results are more natural.
It’s also different from most hyped up peptides. “Some peptides, for example can cause imbalanced collagen production, carrying the danger of fibrosis, skin irritation and eventual ageing,” explains Georgios. “Centella asiatica is different, in that its different plant chemicals work together as ‘checks and balances’ for a natural, healthy, balanced skin tightening.”
For maximum benefits, Georgios recommended a session a month for at least 6 months. This’ll make your skin firmer and more elastic, tighten your pores and reduce your fine lines.
But if you want your skin to look amazing and glowy before a party or a special occasion, this’ll do the trick too. Just know the results won’t last for more than a few days.
On more thing: the treatment is suitable for women aged 30+ and all skin types except the most sensitive or in full acne breakout mode.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
As soon as I arrived at the Hale Clinic, Georgios welcomed me and explained what the treatment was all about.
All I had to do was lie down for 40 minutes as he applied the centella cream to my face and massaged it in using deep tissue radiofrequency to help it absorb.
If you’ve never had radiotherapy before, it can set your skin on fire. Literally. As the heated wand massages your face to boost collagen, its warms it up a lot. It’s intense but not uncomfortable or painful (unless you up the intensity too much too soon – but a good therapist like Georgios wouldn’t allow that!).
Georgios spent 20 minutes on one side of my face and 20 minutes on the other. The first half went smoothly but by the time he was ready to move to the opposite side, my skin was a lot warmer all over. It felt like he had increased the intensity for that side, but, nope, it was still the same.
All the while, he kept reapplying the centella asiatica cream to my face. What’s special about this cream, it’s the 100% concentration of centella. A far cry from the 0.1% most brands bother to add to their creams and face masks – how is that gonna do anything for your skin?
When the 40 minutes were up, Georgios gave me a brief soothing massage to relax stressed facial muscles and speed up lympathic derange. It was so relaxing!
I’d like to say the results were instant but once the treatment had ended, my skin was as red as a lobster! If you’ve spent too much time too close to the fireplace in winter, you know what I’m talking about.
Within an hour or so, the redness was gone. Now I could finally see the results! My skin looked fresh, a little more lifted and very glowy! It also was all plumped up so my fine lines looked a little smaller (I’m sure more sessions would make them fade even more).
The results lasted for around a week before fading which was fine for me. You can get more long-lasting results but you need to commit for the long term. Are you in?
Available at: £145 (per session) at Lipotherapeia at The Hale Clinic, 7 Park Crescent, London, W1B 1PF. 0207 118 2014.