Properties: Anti-Aging, Anti-Inflammatory, Emulsifier, Brightens Skin
Licorice Root, which is derived from the glycyrrhiza glabra plant, has long been treasured in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for its medicinal characteristics and health advantages. Researchers have discovered that licorice root extract acts as an emulsifier, allowing water and oil-based compounds to interact properly. Licorice aids in the reversal of hyperpigmentation, a condition in which the skin develops dark patches or spots that make the skin seem uneven in tone and texture. It also aids in the reduction of melasma, which can develop as a result of sun exposure or hormonal changes during pregnancy. In addition to brightening sun-damaged skin, licorice root includes glabridin, which helps to prevent discoloration during and soon after sun exposure. UV rays are the most common cause of skin discoloration, yet glabridin includes UV blocking enzymes that prevent new skin damage. Licorice helps hasten healing by decreasing the formation of melanin, an amino acid that causes pigmentation in the skin. Although melanin protects the skin from UV rays, too much melanin is a different story. Licorice is supposed to be calming to the skin and assist with inflammation. It contains glycyrrhizin, which helps decrease redness, irritation, and swelling. Licorice aids in the regeneration of our skin's collagen and elastin supplies, which are both required to keep our skin elastic, smooth, and soft.
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