The latest hero ingredient in the fight against acne, Jenessa Williams puts Tiger Grass to the test
What is it?
For those who have grown tired of foundation during the lockdown, Centella Asiatica aka Tiger Grass has become a popular anti-inflammatory ingredient, used to ‘colour correct’ an uneven skintone or fade acne scars. Native throughout tropical wetlands, it is available commercially in both serum and cream formula.
Used in eastern medicine for centuries, it gets it’s nickname thanks to it’s natural healing qualities; injured tigers’ have been known to roll around in these plants as a means of soothing their wounds.
What Are The Benefits?
Chockfull of chlorophyll, Tiger Grass aids cell growth and the formation of a protective skin barrier, staving off the pollutants of the day.
By applying to tired or spotty skin, its green hue neutralises the appearance of redness and gently hydrates, bringing a degree of vibrancy without clogging or irritating the pores the way a traditional powder or cream powder foundation might.
Does It Actually Work?
Yes! For those prone to picking large, aggressive spots, Tiger Grass can be a great way to dull the sting, helping wounds to heal that little bit faster. If you’re using it for colour-correction, warm a little in your hands first and massage gently with the pads of your fingers, letting it sink in fully before applying any more as required.
With it’s beigey undertones, fair and lighter skin tones might expect more impressive results, whereas those with medium-to-dark skin might find it works better as a base for light foundation or bronzer. Nonetheless, it’s a handy little ingredient to have around—who knows when you might need that little feline boost?
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