ICYMI, natural beauty is trending, and we don’t see it going anywhere soon! We’re loving all sorts of ingredients that are clean and easily sourced, while still being incredibly effective for our skin. One of our favorite ingredients? Licorice root. If you aren’t a fan of classic black licorice, don’t worry, that’s not what we’re talking about today.
What is Licorice Root?
Licorice root is an extract from the licorice plant. It is found when it’s removed from the plant and melted through a boiling process. During this boiling process, two important enzymes are extracted—glycyrrhizin, which gives liquorice its flavor, and glabridin, which hosts a variety of health purposes. These two enzymes combine to form a powerful extract in natural skin care.
Benefits of Licorice Root:
There are a lot of factors that can cause your skin to have differences in pigmentation. Melasma, sun damage, scarring, and more cause hyperpigmentation. The most popular chemical used in products that treat hyperpigmentation is hydroquinone, and licorice root is a perfect natural substitute if you don’t want to put chemicals on your face.
Along with helping correct hyperpigmentation, products containing licorice root can be helpful in getting rid of dark undereye circles and age spots!
For brightening and lightening:
Helps to Treat Acne:
Acne-prone skin is sadly not something we’re able to leave in our teenage years, but licorice root is a great way to treat oily, acneic skin. The enzymes within licorice root extract help control oil production, and also help to treat any redness or rosacea that comes from lasting breakouts.
Along with being great for those with acne-prone skin, licorice root is a great ingredient to incorporate if you struggle with sensitive skin. Skin conditions like eczema, redness and general sensitivity are soothed.
To Treat Acne and Other Skin Conditions:
If you aren’t already including products in your skin care routine that provide protection from free radicals, pollution and other environmental aggressors, now is the time! Providing your skin this protection will help maintain a clear complexion, minimize signs of aging and also protect against UVA/UVB rays.
With the number of natural ingredients that are able to provide the same benefits as other chemicals, we’re not surprised that clean skin care is so popular. ShopLookfantastic and discover more of our favorite licorice-infused products today!