Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream is a hypoallergenic facial moisturizer designed to moisturize, protect, and repair sensitive skin. It is said to visibly reduce skin redness and dry fine lines after 3 days of use. It is clinically-demonstrated to help repair the moisture barrier of compromised skin based on an instrumental test of the skin barrier and clinical grading in an 8-week study.
The term “cica” in this product’s name is actually short for Centella asiatica, a plant that has been used for centuries in traditional Asian medicine. Centella asiatica extract is a rich source of natural bioactive substances, including asiaticoside, madecassoside, asiatic acid, and madecassic acid. Research has found that these compounds can enhance moisturization, calm inflammation, and stimulate collagen synthesis after topical application. Another key active ingredient in the Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Centella Cica Cream is D-Panthenol, also known as provitamin B5. D-Panthenol functions as a moisturizer and humectant. A humectant attracts moisture in the air nearby via absorption and draws that moisture into the skin’s surface. Thus, D-Panthenol can help to alleviate dry skin by providing moisturization.