Most people nowadays correlate liquorice with the popular black and chewy candy, but liquorice root has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments. It's one of the oldest herbal remedies and is native to Southern Europe and Western Asia.
While liquorice root is commonly used to flavour drinks, medicines, and candies, it also has countless benefits for your skin. Using products with this botanical extract can help address a variety of skin conditions. At Five Dot Botanics we use liquorice root in our eye serum because of its multiple skin benefits.
To learn more about liquorice root and the benefits it can give your skin, read on for more information.
What is Liquorice Root?
If you're not using skin care products with liquorice root extract in them, you definitely should be. The natural properties of liquorice root help brighten and protect your skin. The extract itself has almost 300 compounds that have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some additional background information on liquorice root includes:
- Scientific name: Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract
- Extracted from: the plant's roots
- How is it processed?: steam distillation
The roots of the plant have glycyrrhizic acid, which contributes to the anti-inflammatory properties of the extract. It also helps your skin's regeneration process.
Liquorice root works overtime to provide you with additional benefits, including soothing sensitive skin. It also assists with smoothing out your skin's texture. The more smooth your skin looks, the more healthy and vibrant you will appear.
What Are Botanical Actives?
Many skincare products have dozens of ingredients listed on the label. Botanical actives are cosmetic products that have been formulated with active ingredients derived from plants. So many plants have natural properties that provide countless benefits to your skin without having extra chemical synthetic ingredients added.
There are numerous skin care products available that do more harm than good to your skin. Check out how using extracts from nuts, plants, flowers, and seeds results in a gentler product that works to repair your skin naturally.
Liquorice Root Extract Benefits
You don't need to eat or drink liquorice root to experience the full range of benefits. Using skincare products that list liquorice root as an active ingredient will result in skin brightening and overall improved skin quality.
Your skin may have a patchy appearance if it's producing an excessive amount of melanin in certain areas. Your skin cells that generate melanin will get damaged as they're exposed to free radicals or unstable atoms. This will cause dark spots to appear on your skin.
Liquorice root will fight against the free radicals. It will also helps prevent excess melanin from being produced as well. Using an under eye serum with liquorice root will help treat hyperpigmentation and improve dark circles. Read more about Full Bright eye serum that contains liquorice root here.
Anti-Ageing and Anti-Inflammatory Properties
The glycyrrhizin in liquorice root contains anti-inflammatory properties. This works to reduce itching, irritation, and redness on your skin. If you suffer from atopic dermatitis, rosacea, or psoriasis, you can benefit from the healing properties and natural wonders from liquorice root.
Glycyrrhizin is also a strong antioxidant. When used in protecting skincare products, it helps prevent additional sun damage from occurring on your skin. The UV protecting properties assisted in preventing premature ageing.
Skin Lightening from Glabridin
Another active and potent component of liquorice root is Glabridin. Glabridin has skin lightening properties. It also works to prevent the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that darkens the skin after it's exposed to the sun.
Glabridin also helps prevent pigmentation that happens after the skin has been exposed to the sun's UVB rays. It's often used as an ingredient in sunscreen.
Liquirtin is another compound found in liquorice root that assists with skin lightening. It disintegrates any excess melanin that's currently in your skin, breaking it down and eliminating it.
Skin Protection from Licochalcone A
Another active ingredient found in liquorice root is Licochalcone A. It strengthens your skin's defence mechanisms, providing it with additional protection. It will also increase the production of antioxidants in your skin, deterring damage caused by the sun's UV rays.
Additionally, Licochalcone A controls the oil production in your skin. The reduction in the skin's oils helps lower the amount of acne you have on your skin. It also helps delay the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
How to Use Liquorice Root
Liquorice root is found in topical gels, serums, and face masks. You can even make your own formula at home by mixing the liquorice root powder with some aloe vera gel.
Five Dot Botanics' Renewal Eye Serum
We use liquorice root as one of the ingredients in our Renewal Eye Serum. The product contains:
- Liquorice root
- Horse chestnut extract
It reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. It comes equipped with a cooling metal rollerball to apply the product, soothing and encouraging circulation.
The thinnest skin anywhere on your body is the skin underneath your eyes. That's why it shows up there first when you have a rough night's sleep or overall busy life. Since the skin is so thin and delicate, it needs to be treated with gentle ingredients.
Our eye serum will decrease the appearance of dark circles and puffiness around your eyes. Your skin will look and feel smoother and the serum strengthens its natural barrier function.
The eye serum is safe for all skin types. You can use it when you wake up or before you head off to bed. To add further to its soothing properties, chill the bottle in the fridge beforehand to reduce additional puffiness.
Start Using Liquorice Root Today
All-natural skincare products that contain plant-based ingredients are becoming more popular as people see their numerous benefits. So many mass-market cosmetic products contain chemicals that cause more damage to your skin. If you're looking to reduce inflammation on your skin, all while improving the colour and quality, look for products that list liquorice root as an ingredient.
Five Dot Botanics offers a full range of plant-based, vegan skincare products. Check out our skincare products in our online store.