Licorice is a pretty controversial candy flavor, with some people adoring the taste and others turning their nose up at the very thought of a black jellybean. But, despite our taste preferences, there’s no denying that the extract that comes from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant has some profound skin benefits.
A Bevy of Benefits for Every Skin Type
This popular skincare ingredient packs a punch when it comes to fading dark spots, soothing inflammation, and boosting the overall brightness of your complexion.
Unlike hydroquinone, licorice root works to prevent melanin from forming in the first place by inhibiting tyrosinase production. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that converts the amino acid tyrosine into L-DOPA, a precursor to melanin within the melanocytes.
Liquiritin, another compound found in licorice extract, fights back against preexisting hyperpigmentation by helping your body break up and reabsorb melanin molecules.
Licorice root also contains a potent antioxidant flavonoid that stops free radicals from prematurely aging your skin, as well as licochalcone A, known to decrease inflammation.
Find Potent Licorice Root Skincare at Advanced Skin Therapeutics
Not sure how to incorporate the power of Glycyrrhiza glabra into your skincare routine? Consult with the experts at Advanced Skin Therapeutics! We can recommend dermatologist-approved products like these to help soothe, brighten, and boost your complexion:
Revision® Skincare’s Brightening Facial Wash combines Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids with brightening botanicals, including licorice and lily extract, to remove daily impurities and dead surface cells, leaving your skin clean, hydrated and smooth without breaking down the natural moisture barrier.
Meg 21 Redness Relief combats skin inflammation, redness, and irritation with Supplamine® and extracts of aloe, burdock root, comfrey, allantoin, licorice, and ginger. Ultra-light and calming, it’s the perfect post-procedure treatment to help speed recovery time and as an everyday weapon against collagen loss.
For targeted treatment of the delicate eye area, Exuviance® Hydrating Eye Complex contains a powerful blend of chamomile, calendula, licorice, and algae to condition and soften skin, as well as anti-aging PHAs and essential lipids for improving tone and texture.