These Cica Creams Are Perfect for Soothing Dry, Sensitive Skin
So, What's a Cica Cream?
If you haven't yet heard of or tried a cica cream, now's the time. Much more than your average moisturizer, these are a great choice for anyone with dry and/or sensitive skin. Let's start with the basics: Cica creams get their name from their key ingredient, centella asiatica (aka tiger grass or Indian pennywort), a traditional herb long used in Chinese medicine. What makes it a skin-care standout, you ask? In a word, everything. Centella asiatica is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich, helps with wound healing, and promotes collagen production.
Plus, it's also a choice ingredient for strengthening the skin barrier, the top layer of your skin responsible for keeping moisture in and irritants out. That's what makes these formulas such a great pick for dry, sensitive types (not to mention ideal for cold winter weather). Check out six of our favorite cica creams here.
Kiehl's Centella Sensitive Cica-Cream
This newbie uses madecassoside (say that three times fast), a concentrated compound pulled from the centella asiatica plant, plus D-panthenol, to help fortify and strengthen the skin barrier. Plus, it's hypoallergenic, alcohol-free, fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic, all good qualities to look for when choosing a cream for sensitive skin.
L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Cicacream Pro Retinol & Centella Asiatica
This drugstore centella asiatica delivers immediate hydrating and soothing benefits, while pro retinol works overtime to fight fine lines and wrinkles (although by strengthening the skin barrier, the centella asiatica also helps to make visible lines slightly less such). And can we please talk about the crazy affordable price?
Innisfree Cica Balm with Bija Seed Oil
The two namesake ingredients work synergistically here, improving not only the skin barrier, but also tone and texture. And don't be fooled by the name. While it has the deeply hydrating properties of a balm, the finish is almost gel-like, so it doesn't feel too thick or heavy.
Grown Alchemist Age-Repair Eye Cream: Tetra-Peptide & Centella
The thin skin around your eyes is especially susceptible to damage and signs of aging, making a dedicated eye cream a must. In this rich formula, centella plus peptides plus a host of vitamins treat all of your peeper problems, from fine lines to puffiness to dark circles. Yes, please.
Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30
As anyone with sensitive skin will tell you, chronic redness comes with the territory. Not only does this makeup-skincare hybrid have anti-inflammatory centella asiatica, it also has a greenish tint (don't worry, it dissipates) that immediately neutralizes unwanted redness from sensitivity or acne. You'd use this in place of your moisturizer. The fact that it has built-in SPF is just an added bonus.
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5
Stash one of these multitasking balms in your purse, drawer, gym bag, you name it. The do-it-all soothing balm works just as well on chapped cheeks as it does on cracked knuckles, and it's never greasy or sticky. It's even safe to use on babies.