You won’t find the benefits of this in the candy you eat. All of this plant’s benefits come from tis roots! The licorice plant (technical name Glycyrrhiza glabra) comes from some parts of Europe and Asia. It has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from stomach ulcers to hepatitis to diabetes (and it’s been found to be effective for some of these uses in clinical studies). You’ll find licorice extract by itself in your products, or you may find one of its 3 key components, which are: glycyrrhizin (you may see this in products as glycyrrhizic acid, glycyrrhetic acid or dipotassium glycyrrhizate), liquirtin and glabridin.
Benefits: Licorice root is sure to deliver visible results when it comes to fading and preventing dark spots and hyperpigmentation on the skin. It works to inhibit the production of an enzyme needed to produce pigment in the skin, ultimately slowing down the production of melanin in the skin. It also contains an enzyme that encourages the dispersing of pigmented cells, which helps to fade pre-existing dark spots. Additionally, licorice root is yet another member of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory family, and as such, helps to undo signs of oxidative damage and environmental stress on the skin, too.
Skin Types: Licorice root can be for everyone!