It seems that every day there is a new product or ingredient that is characterized as all-purpose cure for anti-aging.
But more often it is not necessarily a "new" product.
In the case of Gotu Coal, it's a very old one.
But if you have read my blog before you know I like to take new skin care beaches with salt grains.
Or, more realistically, I like to investigate new skin care trends and share all my results with you so that you can make an informed decision about whether the latest skin care trend is right for you and your routine – plus how to use it!
Let's jump right into the gotu kola!
What is Gotu Kola?
In order to express itself easily, gotu kola is a plant that has existed since ancient times.
It grows mainly in marshy, wetlands in Asia, India, Sri Lanka, South Pacific and South Africa.
Its leaves are similar to a spade.
Gotu Kola is a member of parsley and carrot family, and it has no taste or smell on it.
Just like carrot and parsley, gotu cola is naturally rich in many large vitamins and minerals like amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and many potent phytochemicals.
So what was used in ancient times, and why is it repopularized now? Continue reading to find out!
What is Gotu Kola's history?
Do not take it easy when I say that gotu kola has existed since ancient times.
When I say old, I mean old.
There is also evidence that gotu kola may have been used by the earliest people in prehistoric times.
Gotu Kola (which is the Chinese name of the plant), is also listed in ancient Chinese writings as one of "life's miracle lixirs".
Chinese legend says the plant was a salvia key to living past 200 years old.
But China, which incorporated the herb heavily into its tai chi way of life, was not the only ancient dynasty that spoke the benefits of gotu kola.
In India, where it is known as manukparni, jalbrahmi or just brahmi, it has been used to treat wounds, skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, lupus and much more.
In England, where it is known as pennywort, gotu kola got used as one of the earliest treatments for leprosy.
In France, herb was formally identified as a drug in the 19th century where it was used to treat dysentery and even fertility problems in women.
Today – most recently, in the skin care sector – it is mainly taken in a tea bag or in another drink.
You can also find it in capsule form.
Some people take it to help fight symptoms of fever, hepatitis or mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Others simply sip on the plant for the alleged benefits of memory enhancement and anti-aging properties.
Today, researchers are still experimenting with the benefits of gotu kola and trying to find out more about what the plant can do for us.
Some of their findings and experiments include gotu kol's beneficial treatment for burns, wound, scarring, psoriasis, streak marks and spinal cord.
Not only have they found that gotu kola can Help with these questions, they investigate exactly how gotu kola helps with these questions.
How can Gotu Kola help my skin?
Now that you know how gotu kola can benefit your body (and even your brain) it's time to talk about how gotu cola can benefit your skin!
Gotu coal's main skin care benefits are its ability to stimulate collagen production and reduce inflammation – two major skin care problems for me and most women I feel – especially when we grow older.
collagen Production is one of the keys to anti-aging.
Collagen is 80% of the skin and is mostly in the skin area – called dermis.
In combination with another protein in the skin – elastin collagen works to keep your skin in a position to bounce back after stretching or pulling.
Unfortunately, collagen is lowered when we grow older.
For most of us, the equilibrium changes when we turn 25.
By that time we officially use more collagen when our body can produce from there.
This causes skin, dullness, wrinkles and fine lines to drop.
Now back to gotu kola and the other key benefit: decreasing inflammation.
There is nothing I hate more than redness in my face – be it from alcohol, cold weather, some foods or even some skin care products.
On top of that there is puffiness and pimples which also creeps up.
If you never suffer from any of these side effects you are a happy lady!
For the rest of us, I'm sure you can understand why Gotu's ability to reduce inflammation is a huge advantage!
Gotu Kola has also been known to calm itching, strengthen skin, improve circulation and promote skin recycling (which explains why doctors have studied the effects of burns, as I mentioned earlier).
By improving your sales, gotu kola directly increases the body's healing process, why it is known as a wonderful plant for acne scars and more.
Another effect of the improved circulation may mean longer and stronger hair – because better circulation means that oxygen and nutrients will be delivered more efficiently to the scalp.
For this reason, many people also love gotu coal's benefits on their hair and nails.
How is Gotu Kola used in skin care?
You can usually find gotukola in moisturizers and serum, especially those formulated for anti-aging.
I chose to include it in mine Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum!
Due to recent recurring popularity, you can quite much find gotu kola in everything from sheetmask to exfoliators these days.
In fact, a spa in Tulsa also offers a gotu kola body foil!
Remember when we learned everything about wraps?
If you are interested in incorporating gotu kola into your routine, I recommend starting with a hydrating serum (like mine) or moisturizer cream.
The body wrapping can be nice, but probably not as good for long-term results.
Remember, for real results you must be consistent!
Are there any warnings to deal with Gotu Kola?
There are no known side effects or things to look out for with gotu kola – at least, provided you apply it locally.
If you are interested in getting Kola supplements or taking it orally through a drink, make sure you talk to your doctor first.
Although it is a natural plant, there may be some side effects when taken daily.
As for the current application, I always recommend doing a daily skin test before trying a new product or ingredient – sometimes allergies can crawl on you and pop up from nowhere!
If you start using a gotu cola product and notice redness, itching or other side effects, stop using it.
You may be allergic or ficcola may react with anything else you put on your skin.
In addition, there is something else I always recommend to watch with trendy products: make sure what you buy is genuine.
Since the beauty industry is not heavily regulated by the FDA, it may be hard to know if you get authentic gotu kola in whatever product you buy.
I always recommend purchases from trusted sellers and trusted brands, and always check reviews!
If there are any ingredients you do not recognize on the label or any artificial flavors or smells, you can handle it!
Your skin deserves the best.
Can I use pure Gotu Kola?
While most traditional beauty shops only wear gotu kola in their products, you may notice that you can buy a small bottle of gotukola oil on Amazon or maybe at your local pharmacy.
You may wonder, "Instead of buying a good skin care product, can I not just rub some pure gotu cola oil on my face as part of my nightly routine?"
Because of the nature of Gotu Kola and the relaxed rules on skin care and additional industry, it's very hard to know if the bottle gotu kola oil is really pure gotu kola.
More likely, it is a small amount of gotukola mixed with another oil – whether it is olive oil or an essential oil.
My inclination is to clear a dilute gotukola oil and instead use a product where gotu kola is mixed with other beneficial ingredients for your face.
With that said, if you can be sure that you have found pure gotu kola, there is no real reason not to use it on your face or skin as it is – just know it can be a bit strong and oily!
While there is no such thing as skin care magic, I personally think, gotu kola comes pretty darn close.
It nips many of our most common skin care problems in the button!
But, like any ingredient or product, one size does not fit everything for skin care.
If you want to try to incorporate gotu kola into your own routine, I recommend starting with baby steps (and test spots) to see if it measures your skin well and gives you the results you want.
And if it's not your favorite? There are plenty of other collagen-filled anti-aging products for you to try instead!
Have you ever tried to use gotu kola? What did you think? Better than if you check your medical cabinet, do you already have products with gotu kola? Let me know in the comments below!