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Licorice Extract - Uses and Benefits

Naturally Enhance Your Skin

If you want to lighten your skin, or reduce the appearance of dark spots, consider the natural approach of licorice extract. While used most often in cooking and made into sweet candies around the world, the extract has tons of useful medicinal properties as well as cosmetic benefits.


Derived from the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra, licorice is native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. The plant is a legume, related to peas and beans, and the root itself is slightly sweet. Growing to about 1 meter in height, the flowers are purple to pale-blue, and have a characteristic scent. To retrieve the extract, the root is boiled and most of the water is evaporated, and it is then transported around the world for many applications.

Medical Benefits

Licorice extract has been used around the world for centuries for mild to severe medical conditions. In china, licorice is used to treat Tuberculosis, while in Japan it is often used as a treatment for control of chronic viral hepatitis. Many other areas have found licorice to be useful in treating irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut syndrome, and Crohn’s disease, due to its calming effects on the stomach and digestive tract.

Cosmetic Uses

Licorice has been proven to help lighten skin and dark spots, however it can also sooth and regenerate damaged areas. Melanin is the natural pigment found in almost all organisms and is responsible for skin, hair and eye color in humans. The extract helps inhibit melanin formation, especially around dark areas such as moles or birthmarks. The VIVITÉ line of cosmetics is a good example of natural ingredients being used to provide lasting effects.

If you’re looking to lighten the overall appearance of your skin, or get rid of dark spots, consider the natural and effective approach of licorice extract. Choosing naturally derived cosmetics can help you understand what you’re using on your skin and help you avoid any potentially irritating or damaging chemicals.