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What is Cica Balm and why is it so good for your skin?

What is Cica Balm and why is it so good for your skin?
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Treating sensitive skin and specific skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can be very difficult. As testing new products to find the perfect formulations to soothe and hydrate your skin can often cause further irritation, it is important to find ingredients and products which are developed specifically for delicate complexions.

Over the past couple of years, cica balms and creams have become a staple product for sensitive skin. As with many of our favourite beauty trends, the fascination with cica balms comes from South Korea and has now inspired in many Western beauty formulations.

What is Cica Balm?

A cica balm or cream is an ultra-nourishing product which is enriched with centella asiatica. Rich in antioxdiants and loved for its soothing, healing properties, centella asiatica gives cica balms and creams their luxurious texture and deeply hydrating quality.

This wonderful ingredient also boasts high levels of essential fatty acids which strengthen the skin, provide protection from environmental damage and offer a boost of hydration. You can discover the benefits of including essential fatty acids in your skincare here.

Helping to boost your skin's moisture content while also soothe and calm irritation, cica balms and creams can be used all over the skin or on particular areas of concern to restore a smooth and even appearance.

As they are known and loved for their calming and healing effects, they are predominantly known to be particularly wonderful for sensitive and inflamed skin as well as those with specific skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis.

Best cica balms and creams

As all different skin types can be prone to sensitivity and with more of us beginning to use potent ingredients such as Retinol in our routines, there are now soothing cica products in various textures and formats.

To help you find your perfect cica balm or cream, we have curated an edit of our favourite products to soothe, calm any irritation and deeply hydrate the skin.

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is one of the most iconic French pharmacy products. The multi-purpose cream soothes, hydrates and protects the skin from infection all in one step. Perfect for very dry, chapped skin, it can be used both on the face and body to restore the skin and provide comfort when it is feeling tight and sore.

DECLÉOR Cica-Botanic Balm

Formulated specifically for very dry and sensitive complexions, DECLÉOR Cica-Botanic Balm has an 100% natural formula which blends nourishing essential oils to soothe and hydrate the skin. Melting beautifully into the skin, the weightless balm-like formula is enriched with eucalyptus and geranium as well as centella asiatica to soothe redness and irritation and moisturise the skin.

Bioderma Cicabio Pommade Insulating Soothing Repairing Ointment

Treating and soothing cracked, chapped skin, Bioderma Cicabio Ointment relieves discomfort and provides essential moisture to the skin on your face and body when it needs it most. Enriched with a hydrating blend of Hyaluronic Acid and Zinc, it works to repair the skin and create a protective film over the skin to prevent any further damage or irritation.

Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Cica Repairing Cream

Combining the nourishing properties of a cica balm with anti-ageing properties, Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift Cica Repairing Cream promotes a more youthful, radiant complexion. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, the luxurious formula works to enhance your skin's natural barrier function to protect against the signs of ageing and promotes a more even skin tone.

Discover more of our favourite products for sensitive skin on the lookfantastic beauty blog including the best cleansing milks for sensitive skin and the mineral makeup products which will not irritate even the most delicate complexions.

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