While licorice proper may be one of the world’s most divisive candies, there’s absolutely no question whatsoever that licorice root is one of the most effective skincare ingredients around. That’s why, in this blog post, we’ll discuss what is licorice root extract, licorice root extract skin benefits, and how to use licorice root extract as part of your skin care daily routine.
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Ingredient Category: Antioxidant
Main Benefit: Licorice root extract can help lessen the appearance of dark spots and soothe irritated skin.
Find It In: Prince Charcoal Detox Mask.
What is Licorice Root Extract?
Licorice root extract comes from the licorice plant, otherwise known as glycyrrhiza glabra. It comes from the root of the plant and has a sweet taste. Usually found in Western Europe, Southern Asia, and the Middle East, licorice root extract has been used for centuries, not just as a medical remedy for ailments, but as a tasty treat.
Licorice Root Extract Skin Benefits
Like so many natural remedies, you might not be aware of how many ways licorice root benefits the skin. From protecting it from environmental stressors, to restoring the skin’s glow, here are a few of the many wonderful skin care benefits of licorice root extract:
- Licorice root extract helps fade the look of dark spots - It contains a substance called glabridin, which helps diminish the appearance of dark spots.
- Licorice root extract helps prevent dark spots - Glabridin also helps prevent dark spots by inhibiting the production of the enzyme tyrosinase, which controls the production of melanin. When tyrosinase produces too much melanin, the result is dark spots and/or uneven skin tone.
- Licorice root extract helps brighten the skin and even out skin tone - Yup, glabridin also gets to work on uneven skin tone, resulting in brighter, glowing skin.
How to Use Licorice Root Extract
You might be wondering how to use licorice root extract as part of your skin care routine. The simplest way is to find a great skincare product that includes this power-packed ingredient. Here’s a great way to introduce your skin to licorice root extract:
Cleanse the Skin
Any good skincare routine starts with cleansing. Our So Clean! facial cleanser is gentle on the skin and won’t dry it out.
Tone the Skin
Restore hydration to your skin with a toner like Rose and Shine rosewater toner.
Serums are highly concentrated skincare products that deliver real results. If you aren’t sure where to start, we recommend our Just Dew It hydrating serum! Full of incredible ingredients like hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, glycerin, organic jojoba seed oil, and vitamin E, it deeply hydrates and plumps the skin, making it look younger and more vibrant.
Use a Moisturizer
No matter what type of skin you have or what season it is, it’s always important to moisturize your skin. Great for all skin types, H2 Oh Yeah hydrating moisturizer is packed with 21 actives including sunflower oil, squalane, vitamin B5, vitamin B3 (niacinamide), jojoba oil, and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin smooth and nourished.
Apply an Eye Cream
Your eye area is delicate and needs a dedicated eye cream to properly treat and moisturize it. Our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream will brighten your eye area and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, bags, and puffiness.
Use a Detox Mask
Here is where we get our licorice root extract fix in our skincare routine. In addition to 31 other amazing active ingredients Our Prince Charcoal detox mask employs licorice root extract to nourish the skin while working to purify your pores. Use this mask 1-3 times a week to reveal softer, glowing skin.
While eating licorice candy won’t do anything for your skin, using it in a great skincare product definitely has its benefits, so keep that in mind the next time you’re making a skin care purchase.