I have a hate-love relationship with licorice root. As a candy, I hate it, loathe it, can't stand it. As a skincare ingredient, I don't just love it–I'm obsessed with it, can't get enough of it, literally keep a bottle of it in my bedside table.
Why? Because licorice root has natural brightening properties that gently fade dark spots, blemishes, and hyperpigmentation; and for someone with scars from years of cystic acne and highly sensitive skin, this is essential.
Licorice root owes this all to something called glabridin, which contains flavonoids that: one, depigment the skin and two, block the enzyme that causes damaged skin to darken.
What's more, licorice root is also anti-inflammatory (meaning it calms rashes, breakouts, irritation, and swelling) and has been known to treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and dermatitis (so, all the skin conditions that dermatologists can’t really cure).
Some extra bonuses: If you have oily skin, licorice root will help regulate your oil production. If you have sensitive skin, licorice root is an amazing alternative to harsh Vitamin C brightening serums. If you have acne scars, this will be your savior. Totally worth that disgusting licorice smell, right?
Here's the downside: it's surprisingly hard to find skincare products that include licorice root. I've used (and loved) Eminence Organics Licorice Root Serum before, but it's a little pricey. So I did some research and figured out how to make my own licorice root face mist. Here's how it's done.
To use, you can spritz it on your face morning and night after cleansing, or whenever your skin needs a little refresh. Cheap, easy, effective!