Centella asiatica is a perennial semi-aquatic plant bearing beautiful little purple flowers that thrives in the swampy areas of tropical and subtropical countries. Known also as “bowl of water” or gotu kola and “tiger grass” it is reputed to heal wounds and severe skin conditions. In China injured tigers have a habit of rolling in Centella asiatica plant to care for their wounds. In Sri Lanka, Centella asiatica is one of the staples of the elephant’s frugal and highly selective diet. It has thus acquired the reputation of being a longevity plant. It is said that the famous Chinese herbalist Li Ching-Yuen, who is said to have lived past 250 (!) and had more than twenty spouses, owed his extraordinary longevity to his daily consumption of the plant in infusions and salads, alongside his meditative practice and his frugality.
Centella asiatica is an ally for those who want to age beautifully; for damaged, exhausted skin; and for lifeless hair. Imbued with antiradical and antioxidant properties, it combines carotenoids, vitamin C and flavonoids, which stimulate cells, keep them from degenerating and foster microcirculation within the skin. Saponin, saponosides, polyine and beta-sistosterol have anti-inflammatory, decongesting and healing properties.
Tribe Skincare Centella Skin Restoring Powder Mask is based on this legendary Centella asiatica plant, which has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. This mask improves skin elasticity, increases blood circulation, accelerates skin healing and helps to reinforce skin’s barrier function. Centella asiatica is rich in antioxidants that help to fight free radical damage from the sun’s UV rays such as hyperpigmentation and age spots. Formulated with French Green and Kaolin Clays to help soothe damaged skin, tighten the pores and to reduces skin sensitivity.
The lotus is the national flower of both India and Vietnam; it is considered sacred in Buddhism, and is ubiquitous in Asian arts and traditions as a symbol of life, rebirth and longevity. On the banks and delta of the Nile, the plant was valued as far back as Antiquity for its medicinal properties and its subtle fragrance.
Protected by their envelope, lotus seeds boast an exceptional longevity and keep easily. They are harvested by hand, dried and crushed to a powder. Chinese medicine prescribes the flower to cure fevers as well as liver ailments. Ayurveda recommends eating the seeds and roots to increase the body’s tonus and stimulate blood flow.
Tribe Skincare Sacred Lotus Acne Treatment Powder Mask combines the purifying properties of Cambrian blue clay with powerful anti-inflammatory lotus seed powder. Lotus flower is considered sacred in Buddhism, and it is used in Ayurveda due to its skin-soothing and cooling effects. It provides a refreshing, astringent experience that leaves skin smooth and glowing. The flavonoids that occur naturally in the lotus’s seed stimulate microcirculation and fortify blood vessels, while saponin acts as an antiseptic as well as an efficient cleansing agent that is gentle on the skin. Cambrian blue clay stimulates skin’s regeneration process, which restores elasticity and a healthy appearance, and helps reduce inflammation.
Before it became ornamental, the rose was first and foremost medicinal and sacred: temples are washed with its water; Charlemagne encouraged its cultivation near religious buildings so that its properties could be studied and spread. Evidence has shown that rose water widely traded in the Middle East in the 9th century: it has been attested that 30,000 bottles of this elixir were delivered from the Faristan Province in Iran to Baghdad in Iraq. In 13th century, the Provins Rose, or Rosa gallica ‘Officinalis,’was nicknamed the “apothecary’s rose”. It was an efficient addition to the ingredients of skin ointments and remedies. Highly thought after, it has become a symbol for the ephemeral quality of beauty in most of the cultures in which it grows. Ronsard, Shakespear, Apollinaire: all the poets have celebrated its beauty, which stands as a metaphor for love and of time’s flight. Today, the rose is still a revered beauty secret.
Rose water and rose oil are the most ancient remedies to ward off the signs of aging and boost skin tone as they are notably highly concentrated in vitamins C and E. Dull, tired skin as well as mature and lifeless skin will savor their high concentration of essential fatty acids, which protect againts free radicals. They help fight skin aging, smooth out even the most fragile skin or the finest areas, and tone it up. Damask rose petal powder is a great classic of Ayurvedic medicine, which prescribes it for the care sensitive, weakened and mature skin. High in astringent tannins, it gently refines the skin’s grain and tightens its pores. Highly concentrated in rose oil, gallic acid is a well-documented antioxidant and linoleic acid (omega 6) protects the skin from exposure, nourishing it and preventing it from drying out. Alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3) and pro-vitamin A foster the process of skin cell regeneration.
Rose petal powder is a great classic of Ayurvedic medicine. The damask rose petal powder used for Tribe Skincare Rose Powder Mask for Inflamed Skin is high in astringent tannins which gently refines the skin’s texture and tightens pores. A natural skin toner, it reduces skin inflammation and fights damaging free radicals. Rejuvenating French Pink Clay improves the skin’s elasticity and is effective at drawing toxins and impurities from the skin without harshly depleting the skin’s moisture.