As a candy, its seems that people either love licorice or pass on it completely. There isn’t much of a middle road. There’s a reason why Licorice has been used for medicinal purposes since prehistoric times. The history of Licorice is, in fact, as old as the history of medicine itself. The Greek scholar Theophrastus (287 BC) recommended that it be mixed with honey to heal the skin.
Licorice is native to many parts of Asia and Southern Europe. In China, with the exception of ginseng, it’s used more than any other medicine. As it has many hidden health and skin benefits, we heartily praise and promote Licorice Root as it’s become more well known as a skincare power ingredient—and no longer an ancient Chinese secret.
HYDRATES, SOOTHES & PROTECTS - Licorice Root contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize external free radicals (sun, pollution) and internal stressors (energy production), leading to more balanced and conditioned skin tone.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY & ANTI-AGING BENEFITS – Phytoestrogen in Licorice Root stimulates the body to make collagen and hyaluronic acid, which are essential components of the skin that form and strengthen connective tissue to keep skin looking young and healthy. When mixed with other anti-inflammatory plants (such as Aloe and Cucumber), these mixtures can boost hydration for softer and suppler skin, while providing comfort from sunburn. The LILY SADO products below contain combinations of Licorice Root, Aloe, and Cucumber.
Glycyrrhizin in Licorice Root has strong anti-inflammatory properties that are similar to cortisol and steroids. It helps treat dermatologic conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, and conditions characterized by itching and inflammation.
CONTROLS OILY SKIN AND AGE SPOTS – Licochalcone in Licorice Root controls oil production on the skin to help neutralize oily skin and prevent acne and blemishes. Glabridin and Liquiritin help to address age spots and dark spots (due to acne breakout, sun exposure, and aging) to lighten discoloration and pigmentation.