Chebula is the latest Ayurvedic Eastern food to hit the Western skincare scene. But what is it and how can it help our skin?
What is Chebula?
Chebula is a berry and is one of the three fruits in triphala — the most common Ayurvedic herb that aids digestive issues. Chebula is getting buzz in the skincare world for it’s anti-aging, antioxidant properties. It is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth and brighten skin, and even out skin tones.
The best part? It’s heavily backed by science. Chebula, as an antioxidant, is stronger than Vitamin C, E and BHT.
Benefits of Chebula
Fact: The more hydrated your skin is, the more youthful you look. Chebula helps normalize, and oftentimes, increases the moisture content of the skin — creating more youthful skin with a glow, that is both rejuvenated and firm.
In case you weren’t aware, a big factor of premature aging is increased exposure to UVA and UVB rays. Chebula has repeatedly shown it corrects sun damage by increasing the production of type I pro-collagen and reducing UVB-induced expressions. Translation: it protects skin from the harmful side affects of a day in the sun and increases collagen that will act as an additional protectant layer.
And lastly, Chebula reduces the inflammation in skin. Meaning, if you happen to puff up after a night of heavy drinking or have dietary issues that cause inflammation, Chebula is the ingredient for you.
Are there any side effects?
Unfortunately, the star ingredient is too new to know if there are any negative side effects. No bad stories have surfaced but not enough studies have been done to really tell if there are disadvantages to using it. In fact, significant risks would have already been discovered along the testing process thus far.
Chebula has been known to reverse sun damage and hydrate skin underneath the service. For being such a small berry, it does a lot.
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