Tiger grass might sound like a plant straight out of potions class in Harry Potter or even that funky cure-all your hippie aunt swears by. But don't be fooled by the magical name. It's actually a potent skincare ingredient that's slowly becoming one of the buzziest words in the beauty world.
Although this trendy term is commonly known as tiger grass, the actual name of the Asian herb is centella asiatica. Despite just now creeping up in a lot of your beauty products, centella asiatica is actually a natural skin-soothing ingredient that's been used for centuries. (So there in theory, it's possible your hippie aunt actually has been using tiger grass!)
But here's what makes tiger grass so cool: It's a natural anti-inflammatory that works to calm everything from redness from blemishes to discoloration from rosacea and even irritation from wounds. Because it's naturally rich in saponins (think fancy carbohydrates found in plants that are rich in antioxidants and help calm troubled skin) and chlorophyll (it's a plant after all), it helps stimulate the skin to renew and repair. Plus, it's ideal for strengthening your skin barrier and thus aiding in protection from external aggravators that cause redness.
So what about that cool name? Well, it really stems from the long-held legend that wounded tigers in Asia would roll around in the herb to help heal their injuries. Hey, if the tigers love it, we're all on board.
Check out some of the skincare products boasting centella asiatica as the star ingredient!