Did you know licorice is good for your complexion?

It has some really great skin benefits.

It is calming and soothing, and a potent anti-inflammatory ingredient.

Interestingly, the licorice herb is a member of the pea and bean family, otherwise known as the Leguminosae family.

The pharmacological properties are found in the licorice root, it is pounded and boiled, in order to obtain the active licorice extract; once the water has partially evaporated, syrup is left behind.

BENEFITS OF LICORICE

PROPERTIES AND USES

The chief constituent is glycyrrhizin, which is present in concentrations that range from five to twenty five percent, all of which depends on the variety used.

Anti-inflammatory

  • Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate has incredible soothing anti-inflammatory properties, this is due to the fact that it mimics cortisol in our body
  • In one study when it was applied to the skin as a gel, it dramatically reduced symptoms of redness and swelling.

Skin Brightener

  • Glabridin is the property found in licorice which gives it the reputation as a skin whitening agent. It has an inhibitory effect on melanin synthesis, this is due to its ability to act as a tyrosinase inhibitor, helping to reduce the amount of melanin in the dermal cells
  • It contains a compound known as liquiritin, an important chemical in the  treatment of melasma, a common pigmentation problem in pregnant women.
  • It is thought to be far more effective than kojic acid and 75 times more effective than ascorbic acid, as a de-pigmenting agent

I like to use this versatile ingredient as a gentle skin brightening ingredient, as it’s kinder on your skin than many other synthetic ingredients and helps to achieve that healthy beautiful skin.

Antioxidant

  • It contains glycyrrhiza glabra a powerful antioxidant, glabrene is thought to be as good as or if not better for the skin, than natural vitamin E

Regulates sebum production

  • A natural compound found in licorice known as Licochalcone, helps to regulate sebum production, so its great for combination skin
  • Licochalcone also helps to inhibit bacteria on the skin

All in all I think you’d agree that licorice really is a wonder herb for the skin.

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