Licorice root has a good reputation as being helpful for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. In one study, licorice gel, applied to the skin, relieved symptoms of itching, swelling, and redness.

Licorice root is one of the oldest remedies in history, called “the king of natural medicines.” Geisha long ago recognized its benefits in brightening the skin and its ability to even out skin tone, making it an especially treasured ingredient in their beauty rituals.

Licorice cream is often used to reduce inflammation and irritation as well as to treat certain skin problems like shingles, eczema, rosacea, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, and drug-induced skin eruptions. Skin lightening creams also use licorice extract to inhibit the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme essential in the production of melanin.

Licorice is also included in many skin lightening creams. This is because licorice contains a flavonoid known as glabridin. Glabridin inhibits the production of tyrosinase, which plays a vital role in the manufacturing of melanin. Studies have also indicated that glabridin might also possess inflammatory properties. Glabridin has been proven to be quite effective in stopping the process that leads to the formation of dark skin spots. Despite its potency it is not harmful to regular skin cells.

Other studies have found licorice to be a powerful anti-inflammatory, helping to control swelling and redness. The licorice also reduced paw edema (water swelling). These properties go to work in those with skin rashes and irritations, and also make licorice root extract good for sensitive skin, as it quells any irritation or reactions.

How to Use Licorice for Hyperpigmentation

Licorice brightens the skin, making it look fairer.

Looking for an alternative to the harsh chemical hydroquinone? Licorice can help reduce the appearance of age spots and dark areas of hyperpigmentation on skin. It contains an active compound called “glabridin,” which inhibits the enzyme that causes skin to darken in response to sun exposure. A natural skin whitening agent, glabridin helps decrease the production of melanin and rebalance skin cells. Licorice extract may also help diminish dark under-eye circles, and darkened areas caused by scars. Glabridin is a phytoestrogen, which is a plant-derived compound with biological activities comparable to the human hormone oestrogen.  It is well known that oestrogen stimulates the body to make collagen and hyaluronic acid – two essential components of the skin which form an important part of the connective tissue and keep our skin looking young.

So a cosmetic product containing glabridin is thought to encourage the skin to create its own strengthening connective tissues.
But glabridin does more than just providing anti-ageing properties! It is also inhibits the activity of an enzyme called tyrosinase which is known to be a key enzyme in determining the colour of our skin and hair. Some people suffer from discolouration of the skin – examples include age spots or hyperpigmentation.

Though the anti-inflammatory and whitening properties are the most attractive qualities in licorice for skin care, the extract also has powerful antioxidants that help protect the skin from free-radical induced damage, as well as “licochalcone,” which helps control oil production, making this a good ingredient for those with acne-prone skin.

Lanelle recommends: Lanelle Licorice Cream; Lanelle Licorice Soap; Lanelle Licorice Lotion

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Sharmaine Parungao Santos with make upBB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. They were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments.

The all-in-one formulation became a sensation in South Korea and then spread throughout Asia.

What BB Creams Do

Can one beauty product really do it all? Maybe.

Many BB creams offer effective sun protection, with broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, sun protection required for everyday use. What’s more, BB creams generally contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, physical sunblocks that have some built-in water-resistant properties.

When it comes to skin treatment, you can find BB creams that contain:

• Anti-aging components, including peptides and antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C
• Moisturizing workhorses like hyaluronic acid and glycerin
• Ingredients such as licorice and arbutin that help even out skin tone
• Light-reflecting mica to give skin a luminous finish
• Silicone-based ingredients, such as dimethicone, that help smooth the skin, acting much like a foundation primer does.

Finding a BB cream that matches the color of your skin perfectly can also be a challenge. BB creams tend to come in a small range of shades — usually three to five fair to medium-dark hues — or in a single shade that blends with all skin tones.

If you’re after a low-key look, that BB cream might indeed be all you need to tote for your skin care and beauty needs. It’s also a good solution, for someone who’s very natural and doesn’t like the idea of wearing makeup, but wants to protect her skin and cover up some imperfections.

Best to try: Lanelle BB Miracle Cream: A Beauty Balm that is a high definition tinted moisturizer and all-day make-up foundation that brings out healthy blemish-free facial skin!

Evelyn T. GomezThere are a number of factors that can deplete the levels of collagen found within the body. Avoiding the following could keep the skin healthy for longer:

Tobacco contains chemicals that damage collagen.

• High sugar consumption: a diet high in sugar increases the rate of glycation, a process whereby sugar in the blood attaches to proteins to form new molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs damage adjacent proteins and can make collagen dry, brittle, and weak.

• Smoking: many of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke damage both collagen and elastin in the skin. Nicotine also narrows the blood vessels in the outer layers of the skin, which is also bad for the skin’s health.

• Sunlight: Ultraviolet rays in sunlight cause collagen to break down at an increased rate, damaging collagen fibers and inducing the accumulation of abnormal elastin. Abnormal elastin leads to the production of an enzyme that can also break down collagen. This process can lead to the formation of solar scars.

• Autoimmune disorders: Some autoimmune disorders cause antibodies to target collagen. Mutations to the genes responsible for the coding of collagen alpha-chains can affect the extracellular matrix, leading to a decrease in the amount of collagen secreted, or to the secretion of dysfunctional mutant collagen.

Collagen levels deplete naturally over time and there is no way to prevent this from occurring. However, by taking precautionary measures, it is possible to protect the levels of collagen, keeping the skin, bones, muscles and joints healthy for longer.

For SKIN:  Apply sunblock regularly for skin protection; Apply collagen-based skin care products like Lanelle Collagen Elastin Cream and Lanelle SBF Collagen Cream.

ronica looking upPrevent sun damage. Sunscreen is the real fountain of youth. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen or a lotion with minimum SPF 15 to 30 protection daily. Remember that the sun’s rays can still be damaging in winter months as it reflects off snow. If you don’t like taking the time to put on both moisturizer and sunscreen, buy a moisturizer with sunscreen.

Highly Recommended: Lanelle Sunblock Cream; Lanelle Sunblock Gel; Lanelle Nourishing Sunblock Gel; Lanelle SBF Collagen Cream; Lanelle Magic Brightening Cream; Lanelle InstaWhite Cream and Lotion (White, Yellow, Pink, Purple, or Green); Lanelle BB Miracle Cream; Lanelle Goddesss Bleach; Lanelle Rosy-Glow Sunblock Lotion; Lanelle Skin Moisturizing Lotion