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Beauty with a hint of rarity

fashion-and-trends Updated: Aug 11, 2011 01:39 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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Did you ever imagine coal as a plausible fuel for your beauty? Latest beauty products off the nature’s rack signal a change: readily available natural ingredients such as honey, almonds and cocoa butter are passé; and rare, in fact, many unheard of and unlikely ingredients, such as Amazonian white clay, angelica and coal, among others, are in. Cosmetic brands are exploring nature’s rare produce using scientific research to extract their beneficial components.

These rare natural ingredients are difficult to find in the market, but the brands bring them to the consumer’s doorstep. “The microsphere form of natural ingredients, which is produced by today’s technology, is better than their raw form. The chances of toxicity and side effects are also less,” says Dr Deepali Bhardwaj, dermatologist and laser surgeon at Apollo Clinic, citing the benefits of such products. Here are some rare natural ingredients you never thought could be found in beauty products.

Skincare products now come packed with these rare ingredients

During the Middle Ages in France, angelica was used for its medicinal value and as a herb. Angelica essential oil has hydrating and toning properties, which help restore one’s beauty. It also shields against free radicals and cures early signs of ageing.
Found in: L'Occitane Angelica Gel Cleanser (Rs.1,250)
Available at: L'Occitane Khan Market

Amazonian white clay
Amazonian white clay, sourced from Marajo Island, Brazil, removes dirt, toxins, excess oil and dead cells that clog skin and enlarge pores. It’s nourished by leaves, fruits and seeds in the Amazon River.
Found in: Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion (Rs.1,400)
Available at: Kiehl’s, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj

Saxifrage is a flower which, is found in the Arctic-Alpine ecosystems. It is a powerful antioxidant that removes free radical intermediates and inhibits oxidation that ages, damages and increases skin pigmentation.
Found in: Lotus Herbals WHITEGLOW Skin Whitening & Brightening Gel Crème with SPF-25 (Rs.260)
Available at: All leading beauty and departmental stores across the country

Rubia cordifolia
Also known as Indian madder, it is a very effective natural antioxidant. This herb’s extract lends glow to the skin, helps smooth fine lines and lightens acne scars. It heals damaged skin tissues.
Found in: KAMA Ayurveda-Kumkumadi Beauty Fluid (Rs.895)
Available at: All leading beauty and departmental stores across the country

Ground up charcoal helps to absorb excess sebum from the skin’s surface and acts as a mild exfoliator. Specially processed activated charcoal, particularly from bamboo, unclogs pores and removes dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin.
Found in: Lush Coal Face cleanser (Rs.620)
Available at: Lush at Select City Walk Mall, Saket

Gold bhasma
Pure gold that has been reduced to its powdered or ash form is called swarna bhasma, simply meaning ‘gold ash’. It is processed with Ayurvedic herbs to create a great medicine for a glowing fair and pink skin.
Found in: Forest Essentials Soundarya Advanced Serum (Rs.2,475)
Available at: Forest Essentials, N block, GK I