Known as the ‘King of Herbs,’ it boasts an array of skincare benefits, so should you be adding it to your daily regime and is it doing anything your existing skincare actives aren’t?
What is chebula?Chebula goes by various other names including chebulic myrobalan, terminalis chebula, harada, birhara, and haritaki so you may well have already come across it. It comes from the fruit of the myrobalan plum tree which grows in India, Tibet and Nepal. Highly nutritious, it’s often eaten to cure a number of ailments and has been used historically for digestion and detoxification, as well as for skin issues such as wound cleaning, infections and gum disease.
What are the benefits of chebula?A powerhouse skin ingredient, chebula is heralded as being able to correct five signs of ageing–evening out skin tone, tackling fine lines and wrinkles, firming, brightening and soothing. Its effectiveness is due to the following:
VitaminsChebula is packed with vitamin C and K, both of which have a rejuvenating and regenerative effect on the skin, helping protect it from environmental damage.
Antioxidant protectionAntioxidants neutralise free radicals that damage our skin by clinging to collagen and weakening the skin’s elasticity. Chebula is a cascading antioxidant, which means once it’s done fighting a free radical, it reacts by taking a new form that can fight the next free radical, and so on. This is why it is believed to tackle free radical damage for a longer period of time than other antioxidants–in fact it’s said to be more potent than vitamins C and E.
HydrationChebula helps increase the moisture content of the skin, especially when paired with other moisturising skincare products and ingredients.
Skin barrier protectionIt’s no secret that the sun’s ultraviolet rays have accumulating and long-term damaging effects on the skin. Too much sun exposure damages the melanin in the outer layer of the skin, reducing its overall elasticity. This reduced elasticity causes premature ageing. Chebula’s antioxidative properties help protect damage caused by UV rays, which ultimately leads to brighter, more youthful skin. Used topically, chebula improves the skin's barrier function, helping shield it from the sun’s harmful rays.
How should it be used?Chebula is a great ingredient to include in your daily skincare routine. Its high antioxidant effect makes it a great choice for those living in cities where air pollution, cigarette smoke and therefore free radicals are ever present.
The ingredient can be found in serums and masks, and due to its protective effect is best used in the morning followed by your daily SPF. If your skin responds well, it can also be included in your evening routine .