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Licorice

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Scientific Name: {Glycyrrhiza Glabra}
Common Name: {Licorice root, Licorice root extract}


Society has long used licorice both for its flavor and for its regenerating properties. Sucking on a piece of hard licorice when you have a sore throat can dull the pain of that inflammation.

Licorice is readily available in most parts of the world and is valued for its sweet flavor and health benefits. The sweet, syrupy substance has been extracted for cosmetics, health aids, and desserts since it was first discovered. It is a plant-derived herb.

Along with other inherent minerals and vitamins, licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid. Glycyrrhizic acid gives the herb its unique sweet flavor of anise and its anti-inflammatory element. Along with being used as an anti-inflammatory, licorice is utilized, especially in skincare, for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

First used to soothe internal ulcers and swelling, licorice can now be added to cosmetics for this very same reason. The glycyrrhizic acid increases blood flow to the area, carrying away infection, bacteria, viruses, and other impurities from the skin, making it easier for any blemish clear up.

It also boosts regeneration in the lower layers of skin. By increasing cell regeneration, licorice helps to create a more youthful, radiant-looking complexion. Because it is also a natural moisturizer, licorice helps balance oily and dry, mature skin by providing deep, nourishing moisture.

Licorice also contains flavonoids, which are akin to antioxidants. Flavanoids work by seeking out and regulating culprits that cause the complexion to look unappealing. It is mainly used in creams designed to help serious skin conditions like psoriasis and skin ulcers.

Licorice assists in soothing the area and cleans and invigorates the area. It is also effective in working against the look of other redness. The appearance of rosacea, for example, can be significantly reduced by using a product that contains licorice.
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The glycyrrhizic acid in licorice extract also has skin-brightening properties. As increased circulation carries away impurities in the skin, a clearer and more beautiful complexion appear. If there are areas of significant discoloration, improving the look of the liver or dark spots.

Hyperpigmentation, which happens naturally in the skin, simply by having too much melanin in one area, can be reduced with a fade cream containing licorice. Licorice contains enzymes that inhibit melanin's formation, making it the best natural skin lightener on the market today. For a very effective fade cream, look for one containing licorice and arbutin, mulberry, bearberry, and vitamin c.

For most, liver and age spots can be tackled with a fade cream. For more aggressive ingredients, look for retinoids, kojic acid, or azelaic acid. For the darkest spots, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or an IPL laser may be required.
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Kari Thomas wrote this article.

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