INGREDIENT WATCH: licorice root

Time for the first in the series of blog posts titled: Ingredient Watch. 

I want you to know exactly what you're putting on your skin and why but without all the scientific jargon.  The more educated you are about beneficial ingredients, the more you'll be able to wade through the marketing lingo in the beauty aisle.  If something is touted as anti-aging, then you'll be able to read the ingredient list and find out what ingredients are in there that defies time and how it does it.

So, let's get into one of the most polarizing ingredients in the kitchen and candy shops everywhere: licorice root.  You either love it or you hate it. I may not love it in food but I do love it as a skincare ingredient!

Licorice Root is great for healing skin problems like rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne and hyperpigmentation because its a powerful anti-inflammatory.  It's phenomenal at helping the body to calm itself down and reducing the redness, rash, itching and/or swelling, but my favorite thing that it treats is hyperpigmentation.

For those of you that don't know what hyperpigmentation is its the dark spots that you get after your skin has healed from a cut but dark spots can be triggered by the sun, heat, and hormones as well.  

Why is licorice root so great for treating hyperpigmentation?

Because its anti-inflammatory, which is also why its great at soothing sensitive skin.  Just think about what happens to your skin after you spend time in the sun.  Either you get tanned, a sunburn followed by a tan, or just sunburned followed by dark spots appearing or getting worse right?  Well, the reason why that happens is because the UV rays inflamed your melanocytes (melanocytes are the cells that produce the color of dark spots) to protect your skin.  Well, these melanocytes don't always turn back off, or could be inflamed due to internal triggers within your own body, and so they stay active producing more dark spots or making them darker.

Licorice root will calm and soothe the melanocytes so they stop production and inhibit the enzyme that's released from damaged skin to prevent it from darkening to begin with.

So, how can you start using this in your skincare regimen?

You can pretty much find licorice root in cleansers, exfoliants, masques, serums, and moisturizers.  All you have to do is read the label on any skin lightening or brightening product and add it into your routine.  I always highly recommend investing your money into really great high quality serums because serums is where you're going to see the best results in any skincare regimen. You can also drink licorice in a tea every night before bed.  There's a great licorice and turmeric tea that I like to drink occasionally.  They're both potent anti-inflammatories so they're great to drink whenever you have pain or if your body is just prone to inflammation.  

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