Liquorice root has a good reputation as being helpful for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In one study, liquorice gel, applied to the skin, relieved symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness.
Another study published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology found that liquorice was an effective treatment for rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and drug-induced skin eruptions. Researchers believe its effectiveness comes from its ability to reduce redness and irritation.
Other studies have found liquorice to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to control swelling and redness
Liquorice root extract can help reduce the appearance of age spots and dark areas of hyper-pigmentation on skin. It contains an active compound called glabridin which inhibits the enzyme that causes it to darken in response to sun exposure. A natural skin whitening agent, glabridin helps decrease the production of melanin and re-balance skin cells. Liquorice extract may also help diminish dark under-eye circles and darkened areas caused by scars.
Though the anti-inflammatory and whitening properties are the most attractive qualities in liquorice for skin care, the extract also has powerful antioxidants that help protect the skin from free-radical induced damage, as well as licochalcone which helps control oil production, making this a good ingredient for those with acne-prone skin.
INCI: Glycerin, water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Liquorice) extract.
Usage rate: Up to 10%. Typically 3 to 5%.
May be added to the heated water phase of emulsions. But we recommend adding at the cool down phase (40C or below).
Add to toners and astringents or other leave-on products such as creams and lotions.