Centella asiatica is a perennial herb that grows primarily in Asia. For a long time, it has had both culinary and medicinal uses, but like many traditional plant extracts, it’s gaining popularity as a skin care ingredient. It has many benefits for your skin, thanks to its active compounds, including madecassoside, which serves as an antioxidant. Centella asiatica itself also has been shown to have potent antioxidant properties and to be a rich source of amino acids. There is also research that shows that it’s a good hydrating ingredient to soothe upset or compromised skin. The magic herb also helps mitigate some of the visible effects of sun damage, plus there’s evidence that it can help revitalize skin’s protective barrier.