Worth the hype?

In recent years, many cosmetic companies have released trendy “cica” skincare products claiming to have pseudo-pharmaceutical effects due to Centella asiatica. 
The volatile characteristic components of sample of C. asiatica leaves can be monitored in the headspace of sample vials using SPME fibers to extract and GCMS to identify.
The sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and monoterpenoids detected in the leaf sample can be used as the basis of comparison.
The fewer of these components found in the skincare products, the less pertinent the “cica” label and the less justifiable the price.
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Abstract/Description: In recent years, many cosmetic companies have released trendy “cica” skincare products claiming to have pseudo-pharmaceutical effects due to Centella asiatica. The volatile characteristic components of sample of C. asiatica leaves can be monitored in the headspace of sample vials using SPME fibers to extract and GCMS to identify. The sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, and monoterpenoids detected in the leaf sample can be used as the basis of comparison. The fewer of these components found in the skincare products, the less pertinent the “cica” label and the less justifiable the price.
Subject(s): Undergraduate Research
Product testing
Date Issued: 2021