The Beauty Glossary: L is for Licorice

Our Beauty Glossary is your definitive guide to every important beauty term ever. From A – Z, we’ll regularly fill you in on beauty ingredients, personalities, products and treatments, so you know exactly who or what to look out for in the beauty space.


Another letter in our beauty glossary, another ingredient showcase. When I think of licorice it’s usually the candy kind (for me an acquired taste), for others it might be about tea. Licorice comes from a plant that has 50 times the natural sweetness of refined sugar but without the calories!

But it’s the skincare show where licorice is the real star. In creams, serums, masks and treatments – licorice is a skin brightening ingredient that can help with hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage and acne scarring. Licorice extract has anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm the skin, ease conditions such as eczema and reduce skin irritation and redness.

To add to that list of powers, licorice extract is antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic and has antioxidant and antiviral properties.

When used in conjunction with Gigawhite, a patented skin brightener made from 7 Swiss Alpine plant extracts including the peppermint, primula and mallow plants, licorice illuminates your complexion.

Licorice is botanically known as glycyrrhiza glabra. Explore more products with this wonderful skin lightening ingredient and watch your skin concerns literally fade away:

  1. Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask, £12.00
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    Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask, £12.00

    Try Wei’s Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask for a quick licorice fix. This restorative sheet mask floats in a potent, nutrient-rich essence made from rice at the point of germination. Rice has been used to cleanse and perfect skin by many generations of Chinese women seeking to achieve an immaculate porcelain complexion. Amino acids and flavonoids from Chinese licorice work to improve skin’s clarity and strengthen its resilience. Following a 10 minute treatment, you will notice a visible reduction in the appearance of dark spots and skin is invigorated, bright and glowing.

    This mask comes rolled up like a yoga mat, in a travel-friendly tube.


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  2. Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, $59.00
    $56.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment, $59.00

    Ole Henriksen’s night treatment harnesses the power of nature and science to drive cell turnover as you sleep, so you can wake up to beautiful, younger-looking skin.

    Overnight, the treatment empowers the skin’s layers by retexturizing the surface, fading discoloration, minimizing pores and controlling excess oil production.

    Works on normal, oily and combination skin.

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  3. Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, $55.00
    $46.40 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, $55.00

    Few understand the skin like Paula.

    The 1% Retinol Treatment has superpowers. It will smooth and firm skin by helping to boost healthy cell regeneration and stimulate collagen production. The light, silky texture absorbs quickly and goes to work immediately to refine pore size as it reduces deep wrinkles, fine lines, and brown spots. Also excellent for reducing breakouts. Licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants help to minimize the irritation some people may experience from products containing high amounts of retinol.

    Way to look 10 years younger!

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  4. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Toner Pad, $29.00
    $25.50 Buy now with Skinstore US

    Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Toner Pad, $29.00

    Let’s make one thing clear… Your skin! Juice Beauty’s Blemish Clearing Toner Pads are for daily use after cleansing. The cooling formula will improve skin clarity and deep clean your pores. Each 100% bamboo pad is pre-soaked with a powerful solution formulated with salicylic acid from willow bark and a cocktails of ingredients designed to enhance your skin.


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  5. NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel, $57.00
    $57.00 Buy now with Skinstore US

    NeoStrata HQ Skin Lightening Gel, $57.00

    NeoStrata’s glorious HQ Skin Lightening Gel is formulated with 10% polyhydroxy acids that help break down and remove hyperpigmentation by gently exfoliating dark spots and enhancing cell turnover. Antioxidant chelators help to capture pigment promoting metals in the skin while hydroquinone, helps lighten discolorations. Added kojic acid and licorice extract promote an even complexion.

    Whether it’s pregnancy mask, scar marks, sun-derived, age-related, hormonal dark spots or the result of oral contraceptives – this product has you covered.

    Best used on normal/combination or oily skin types.

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