Cica Complex: Simplicity Redefined for a Complex World
SIMPLICITY REDEFINED FOR A COMPLEX WORLD
Today’s world brings an unprecedented level of daily stress, impacting the health and wellbeing of our skin, body and mind. Our exposure to pollution, UV light, the disruptions we impose on our circadian rhythm, our dietary choices—just some of the challenges that push the boundaries of our natural inflammatory responses, our biological defense systems to their limit.
When our natural barrier function is compromised, the ability of our bodies to protect and repair is impaired, so the signs of age and damage become increasingly evident internally and visibly on the surface.
This ongoing, constant attack causes inflammatory responses, sensitivity and reactivity within the skin, which can lead to the formation of wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation and in some cases, more specific deeply seated dermatological issues such as psoriasis and eczema.
NATURE, SCIENCE AND VENN
Skin vulnerability and imbalance is something that at VENN, we understand and are committed to developing solutions that offer an uncomplicated, streamlined support to your daily skincare system.
As damage manifests visibly in our reflection, we seek out treatments and clinical procedures that can amplify the initial trauma on the skin and cause redness, inflammation and impairment of the barrier function leading to fragility of the internal skin structure.
In our constant quest to bring optimum solutions to meet the challenges of skin health and how we seek to counterbalance them, we look to the alliance of science with nature and how often the past has solutions we can activate for modern life.
ANCIENT WISDOM AND MODERN UNDERSTANDING
Native to parts of Asia, the herb Centella Asiatica or “Cica” is known by various names such as Indian Penny Wort, Gotu Kola and Tiger Grass. Why Tiger Grass? In China, Tigers have been observed rolling in the herb to aid wound healing and skin trauma.
Like so many ingredients used in modern skincare, Cica was used in ancient times in medicinal tonics to aid the calming of skin trauma and promote healing, because it is rich in saponins, which are nature’s anti-inflammatories. Ideal for sensitized skin, it is well absorbed, light and easily tolerated.
Triterpenoids are the main component of Cica, they help stimulate GAGs, which perform a variety of functions within the body connected to the internal structural health of the skin, including hydration specialist Hyaluronic Acid. This also assists the protective barrier to remain healthy and soothes irritation that can lead to inflammatory responses.
The main active compounds within Cica—Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside and Asiatic Acid—function symbiotically to repair, stimulate and protect stressed skin.
Numerous clinical studies in-vitro and in-vivo have been conducted on this ingredient and the active compounds within, to establish wound healing data.
The group of compounds are known as Triterpenes and they perform a number of biological activities related to skin health, maintenance and repair including supporting the synthesis of collagen type 1 and 3, soothing irritation, protecting from free radical damage, addressing hyperpigmentation and helping inhibit scarring, contributing to a more rapid and satisfactory healing process. Indeed, Cica is well utilized as an ingredient within wound care.
Among the isolated compounds, Asiatic Acid and Madecassic Acid support the anti-inflammatory responses of the skin while Asiaticoside and Madecassoside Acid help support collagen type 1 formation, enhancing the elasticity of new skin and helping inhibit inflammatory responses and minimizing excessive or raised scarring.
These isolated extracts help boost glycosaminoglycan (GAGs) responses, supporting cellular functionality, proliferation, cohesion, growth and repair, skin soothing and natural moisturization making this ingredient perfect for use in post treatment skincare. Our desire for age control techniques such as retinol treatments, clinical peels etc., to minimize the aesthetic of environmental stress on the skin, can leave skin raw, unsettled and the barrier function impaired.
Newly launched, our supercharged Probiotics Cica Complex Biome Booster is the perfect antidote to skin that is fragile, sensitized and in need of rejuvenation.
This exciting new addition to the VENN product collection brings together our renowned and respected proprietary combination of pre- and probiotics to help rebuild, rebalance and regulate the skin microbiome and inflammatory responses. This is augmented with the power of the isolated main active compounds of Cica (Madecassoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiaticoside and Asiatic Acid) to visibly soothe and stimulate collagen formation, Niacinamide to bolster strength and support of the barrier function and clinically proven peptides to help boost elasticity and visible lifting of the facial contours.
Our comprehensive, reparative treatment gives a 360o approach to the regeneration and soothing of stressed and post-treatment skin, delivering a calm, perfectly revitalized 3-D contoured complexion.