The Aesthetic Benefits of Licorice
Ever heard of Licorice? Well, Licorice is a herbaceous perennial with pinnate leaves . The flowers are purple to pale whitish blue, produced in a loose inflorescence. The fruit is an oblong pod containing several seeds . Licorice root has a long history of use, going back to ancient Assyrian, Egyptian, Chinese, and Indian cultures. It was used traditionally for treating a variety of conditions and for confectionary use as it has a sweet taste.
There are over 300 different compounds in Licorice with medicinal and aesthetics benefits.
Licorice root can be essential in the prevention of hair loss. It also has mollifying properties, this can help open the pores of the scalp and strengthens weak hair follicles. Licorice reduces scalp redness and irritation that might be causing hair loss. It also cures dandruff , promotes hair growth and prevents premature greying.
The glycyrrhizin, glabridin , liquiritin and licochalcone found in licorice has amazing benefits when applied tropically on skin.
Glycyrrhizin - has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is used to treat skin conditions like eczema and acne. As a rich source of antioxidants, it also offers skin lightening and anti-aging benefits.
Glabridin being a phytoestrogen stimulates the body to make collagen and hyaluronic acid. Collagen and hyaluronic acid play a role in strengthening skin, elasticity, hydration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical treatments can also soothe redness , dermatitis and successfully lighten discoloration of the skin caused by age spots and hyperpigmentation.
Liquiritin is a derivative of licorice that has provided interesting 80% potency result in the treatment of melasama. Melasma is a common skin problem that causes dark, discolored patches on your skin. It’s also called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy,” when it occurs in pregnant women.
Licochalcone an active ingredient present in licorice root extract has strengthening effects. When applied, it increases antioxidant production in the skin, preventing damage from the sun’s rays even if you are not wearing sunscreen. It also delays the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps in controlling oil production, which can, in turn reduce acne
Always do a patch test first