One of the best things about being very into skin care is that there's always something new to try -- and they always circle back again. Even if you have your routine down to a T, a new method or beauty tool or ingredient is bound to pop up that you can't not try -- at least once! Where would we be if everyone hadn't started jade rolling?
That said, the latest skin care ingredient to infiltrate the influencers' grab-bags and our Instagram Explore page is licorice extract. Why, yes, we are talking about the stuff that's used to make candy. Turns out, our skin may love the stuff just as much as we do.
The main function of licorice extract is to lighten the skin, fading dark marks and brightening the complexion by staunching the production of an enzyme that produces dark pigment. It's a good option for pregnant women fighting melasma, since it exists naturally in the licorice plant, and can work some anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and soothing benefits along with evening tone.
You'll usually see licorice extract in products with vitamin C and niacinamide, also prime skin-brightening ingredients, which offers a less intense alternative to hydroquinone concentrations, which is typically used to treat dark spots.
We can't promise your serums, creams and toners will smell like candy, but if you're itching to give licorice extract a go, start with these products.