Recently Featured

Wild Nutrition Hyaluronic Acid Capsules
Tria Beauty Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light
ZELENS Power D Treatment Drops
Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Power Recovery Masque
Beauty Pie Anti Aging Cream
Jason Lavender Shampoo
Amethyst roller
Amethyst Gua Sha Stone Massager
Facial Gua Sha – Fight the signs of aging naturally & inexpensively
Facial Gua Sha: A Step-by-step Guide to a Natural Facelift
Gua Sha Scraping Massage Techniques
Gua Sha: A Complete Self-treatment Guide
Rose Quartz Gua Sha
Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel
Liquorice Root Powder
Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
ACWELL Toner
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Kanebo Suisai Japan Beauty Clear Enzyme Facial Cleansing Powder Wash
Isehan Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara Waterproof Black
Japan Health and Beauty – Kikumasamune sake milk
Hada Labo Rohto Hadalabo Gokujun Hyaluronic Lotion Moist
Laneige Water Sleeping Pack (Sleeping Mask)
ETUDE HOUSE SILK SCARF HOLOGRAM HAIR SERUM
Ginger conditioner
Ginger Shampoo
Sabon foot cream mint
AHAVA body lotion
AHAVA hair mask
AHAVA Body Exfoliator
AHAVA Hand Cream
Ahava Extreme Night
BIORE UV AQUA RICH WATERY ESSENCE
Himani Navratna
John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Intense Hold Hairspray for Frizzy
UUCOLOR Universal Hair Diffuser Suitable
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen/Grow and Restore Leave in Conditioner
Kerastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray
Mason Pearson SB3 Pure Bristle Sensitive Hair Brush – Pink
Silk Pillowcase
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner
Sachajuan
Kerastase Resistance Ciment Anti-Usure Hair Treatment
L’Oreal Expert Professionnel Smartbond Conditioner
pH Bonder by Redken Post-Service Perfector
Zinc
Magnesium
Vitamin D 3
Viridian Selenium
Pukka Ashwaganda
Argan Oil & Coconut Oil
Viola Skin Instant Wrinkle Reducer
Viola Skin Dead Sea Mud Mask
Viola Skin Black Mask
Viola Skin Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Viola Skin Anti Wrinkle Eye Serum
Viola Skin Retinol Serum
Viola Skin Anti-Wrinkle Face Cream
Viola Skin Vitamin C
OPI Mexico City Limited Edition Infinite Shine Nail Polish
Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish Red
essie Original Nail Polish, Blue and Green Shades
Rimmel 60 Seconds Super-Shine Nail Polish, Mermaid Fin
Matte Top Coat (NT T35) Nail Polish
Rimmel 60 Seconds Glitter Nail Polish, Oh My Gold
OPI Scotland Limited Collection Infinite Shine 3 Step Nail Polish
Renunail Nail Strengthener
Nourishing Nail & Cuticle Serum
Best Foot Forward Softening Foot Mask
AMELIORATE Intensive Foot Treatment
PoshPeel PediCure
Rose Quartz Roller
Gua
Jade Roller
No 7 Body Serum
Peppermint Foot Cream
Aurelia Night Moisturiser
Darphin 8 Flower
Balance Me
Frankincense Mask
Glow Recipe Banana
Laneige Lip Mask
Avocado Lip Scrub
Aveda Chakra 7
Ahava Extreme Night
Bubble Tea Etude House
Hemp Body Oil
Rose Body Yoghurt
Olaplex No 5
Hada Labo
Pixi Glow Tonic

This website contains affiliate links meaning I get commission if you make a purchase

How to Use Licorice Root for Skin Brightening

how to use licorice root for skin

Licorice has been used for 4,000 years across many different cultures due to its health and skincare benefits. It is used as a fundamental herb in traditional Chinese medicine as well as by the Japanese geishas (traditional Japanese entertainers) as a whitening cosmetic. Curiously it was also found in King Tut’s tomb in Egypt. The image below shows three Japanese geishas who know how to use licorice root for skin whitening.

how to use licorice root for skin - image shows Japanese geishas

The secret to licorice’s sought-after health and beauty benefits lies within the plant’s root. In order to prepare licorice for use in skin care the root is removed from the plant and melted. During the boiling process the water is drained and two important parts of the root are extracted: Glycyrrhizin acid and Glabridin. Glycyrrhizin is what give Licorice its distinct flavour. Glabridin is known for its medicinal properties and has been used to help treat hepatitis, stomach ulcers and congestion. The two mixed together form a syrup or powder that can be used in beauty treatments.

Why is Licorice Used in Beauty Treatments?

Glycyrrhizin is anti-inflammatory, which means it helps to reduce any skin redness or irritation. It is also an antioxidant so it protects the skin from free radicals. Glabridin causes skin whitening and reduces dark spots by inhibiting the enzyme Tyrosinase which causes pigmentation. Some of the main reasons licorice has been used by the beauty industry include:

1. To Reduce Dark Spots

Licorice can restore your skin to a lighter colour when it is applied to a darkened area. This means it is useful if you suffer from hyperpigmentation or melasma. Licorice is a natural treatment for dark spots as you are able to lighten your skin without using chemicals. Glabridin also stops the skin from darkening after sun exposure. Interestingly licorice also contains some UV blocking enzymes so it helps to protect your skin from damage caused by the sun. It blocks melanin production and evens out skin tone.

2. To Reduce Inflammation

Since licorice has anti-inflammatory properties it has been used to treat a number of conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It helps to reduce swelling, itching or burning. Some patients suffering with eczema also drink licorice tea as well as applying licorice cream in order to reduce their symptoms.

3. To Increase the Skin’s Elasticity

Licorice helps to stimulate elastin and collagen production which makes the skin bouncier and more elastic. It also moisturises and rehydrates the skin making it appear plumper and healthier.

4. To Control Oil Production

Licorice helps to control oil production and therefore reduces acne. It also reduces any redness caused by rosacea and helps the skin to heal faster.

How Can I Make a Licorice Root Mask?

It is very simple to make a licorice root mask with just licorice root powder and Aloe Vera gel. I recommend Davis Finest Liquorice Root Powder and Ransom Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel. Davis Finest Liquorice Root Powder was designed as a natural vegan skin lightening alternative to hydroquinone. It is excellent quality and has received 5 star ratings on Amazon. Aloe and licorice make an excellent combination since aloe is also extremely soothing and moisturising.

To make the mask mix the two ingredients together until they form a paste and then apply it to your skin. Leave for 30 minutes before washing off.

Recommended Licorice Root Products

The first licorice beauty product I tried was the ACWELL Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner. ACWELL is a Korean brand and this toner has become a cult favourite in the Korean beauty world. The toner contains a high concentration of licorice and has a pH of 5.5 making it very effective at balancing and calming your skin. It was recommended as part of the k-beauty trend to achieve “honey skin” and is used alongside Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence. It is best to use both products together as they each enhance the other’s effectiveness. I used the licorice toner twice a day followed by the fermented essence. After a couple of weeks I could see my skin was left brighter with a slight glow.

how to use licorice root for skin
Acwell Toner
how to use licorice root for skin
Neogen Essence

If you are looking for other recipes for homemade beauty products you may find the following posts helpful:


Licorice Root FAQs

Does licorice root lighten skin?

Licorice lightens skin naturally. It contains Glabridin which inhibits the enzyme Tyrosinase which causes pigmentation

How long does licorice take to lighten skin?

Any skin redness will start to go down after 1-2 days but for skin lightening you should wait for about a month. This is because the skin’s renewal process takes time. You should use the licorice mask consistently (once every couple of days) for at least 28 days before you start to see results.

How can I use licorice to whiten my skin?

Use licorice regularly in your skincare routine and allow at least a month for results to start showing. You can use the licorice mask in this post or a licorice toner which will gradually whiten your skin over time. After a few months you will have a noticeably even skin tone.

Is licorice good for skin?

Yes. Licorice has many benefits for the skin. It is extremely soothing and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an anti-oxidant and contains natural UV filters.

1 Comment

  1. May 19, 2020 / 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the great post. Really interesting. I had no idea that licorice could do so much! I will definitely check this out. ( especially for dark circles.). Plus no harsh chemicals to damage the skin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *