What is chebula and how is this ingredient becoming a skincare favourite?


According to the latest report from online cosmetics platform Beauty Pie, chebula is making its way into the top 10 skincare trends of 2023. Photo: AFP

It's highly likely that its name doesn't mean anything to you, and yet, in a matter of no time, chebula could quickly become a key part of your skincare routine.

In fact, it may even be already lurking in the shadows of ingredient list of one or more of your go-to beauty products.

Well known in Ayurvedic medicine, it is now unanimously accepted in beauty for its powerful anti-ageing powers.

Connoisseurs may know the ingredient under the name of "chebulic myrobolan", the fruit of the Terminalia chebula or Haritaki, especially followers of Ayurveda, the ancient traditional Indian medicine.

But the good news is that you won't have to remember all these names, because in the US, where it is beginning to make a name for itself in the cosmetic sector, you will find it more simply under the name "chebula" in creams, serums, and other facial treatments.

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An ingredient with a long history

Known for thousands of years and used in Ayurvedic medicine, chebula is even considered a miracle ingredient in some countries and regions, including India and Tibet, because of its countless benefits.

Anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, regenerating, it is even reputed to help relieve digestive disorders, and has been claimed to help improve memory and liver health.

It could easily be described as a multifunctional ingredient, and is something of an understatement to say that it is also beneficial for the skin.

Indeed, in Ayurvedic practices, its anti-inflammatory virtues are equally beneficial for the body and for resolving potential skin issues that just about everyone may encounter at different stages of life.

But that's not all. Rich in antioxidants, the fruit of the chebula also constitutes a great ally in the fight against ageing of the skin.

Benefits that elevate the ingredient to being serious competition for vitamin C, which is also known for its antioxidant power and which, as a result, has become a go-to in skincare routines in recent years.

An anti-ageing agent with moisturising properties

But chebula has more than one trick up its sleeve, beyond its contribution to smoothing and firming skin and making it more elastic, it also helps provide deep nourishment of this layer – even more so when paired with other moisturising ingredients – and can help protect skin against external aggressions.

Benefits that make it a highly coveted plant in the skincare realm, and which are set to make it a must-have for beauty fans in 2023.

In fact, chebula is starting to appear in many beauty players' trend predictions for the coming year.

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According to the latest report from online cosmetics platform Beauty Pie, chebula is making its way into the top 10 skincare trends of 2023, with a dramatic 922% increase in search volume on Google over the course of a year.

The beauty specialist even expects a boom of some cosmetics based on the miracle ingredient within a few months, including creams and serums.

It's official, natural anti-ageing still seems to have a bright future ahead of it. – AFP Relaxnews

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