Question: If we were to tell you that the under-the-radar skin secret for pristinely even tone and texture lay in the self-healing practices of Asian tigers, would you believe us? According to Dr. Jart+, a beloved Korean skincare brand that's steeped in dermatology and scientific research, tiger grass (technically known as Centella asiatica, or cica) is the optimum ingredient for complete skin recovery and an age-old healing tradition used by none other than tigers. We learned it's even been used to treat such serious conditions as leprosy, lupus, ulcers, psoriasis, and eczema.
"Tigers in India have been known to use this ingredient to heal their trauma wounds and infections while rolling in the herb plant which is native to the wetlands in Asia," says the brand.
And considering that plenty of our favorite skincare products are rich in healing botanicals, it's not a far stretch—especially considering the staunch (borderline obsessive) following the brand garnered after launching their original cica products: Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment ($52) and Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream ($48). In the name of color correction, both products have had a cult-like following, who hail them as the ultimate miracle workers for uneven skin tone and pesky redness.
So when Dr. Jart+ announced that it'd be adding two brand-new products to its Cicapair line this month, you can imagine the applause. The squeal-worthy additions: a nightly repair mask and a corresponding treatment serum—both of which are now available at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com. And since redness and irritation have an annoying habit of appearing as soon as the seasons change, color us excited. To learn more about each of the brand-new products and all their skin benefits, keep reading.
So what exactly is tiger grass? According to our research, it’s an herbal plant native to Asian wetlands, and interestingly, the true power lies in the leaf’s water. Which, according to Dr. Jart+, has an immediate soothing effect and can even encourage new skin cell growth. Impeccably green and rich in chlorophyll, tiger grass can help enhance the look and feel of the skin by making it stronger and suppler. Additionally, its nutrient content features some heavy hitters (zinc, selenium, copper, amino acids, and beta-carotene, to name a few) when it comes to skin and radiance repair.
Thus, it’s an excellent idea to sleep with it slathered on our faces. And thanks to Dr. Jart+’s new overnight healing mask, that’s 110% possible. Infused with tiger grass, the “mask” is actually a very gentle cream specifically formulated to improve the skin’s natural overnight recovery function. In other words, you’ll wake up to a prettier, more even complexion. Available in single-use packets (hello, easy traveling), it should be used as the last step in your nightly skincare routine.
Formulated to be used after toning and prior to moisturizing, this potent serum is infused with the line’s trademark Cicapair complex and can help relieve redness and irritation with as little as one drop (pea-size, to be precise). With tiger grass's history rooted in healing and recovery, the serum can potentially help those who struggle with imperturbable acne, rosacea, or sensitive skin.