DEC 2016

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[ 16 ] • DAYSPA • december 2016 G lycyrrhiza glabra doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but you probably know it by its more common name—licorice. A popular childhood candy in the mid-1900s, licorice has since made its way from the playground to the pantry to the treatment room, where its root extract is used to reduce hyperpigmentation and soothe skin. Read on to learn more about why and how this sweet sensation is trending in the spa world. Licorice Increasingly used as a skin-lightening agent, licorice root extract is a rising bright star. [16] • DAYSPA • december 2016 in focus by Lesley McCave A Licorice's sweetness comes from its major active component glycyrrhizin, which is estimated to be 50 times sweeter than sucrose. A The licorice plant, a herbaceous perennial and legume, can reach heights of seven feet and is characterized by purple and white fl owers and maroon seed pods. Its roots are straight pieces of wrinkled, fi brous wood that grow horizontally underground. A The use of licorice root can be traced back thousands of years, to Ayurvedic and Ancient Egyptian healing practitioners. © GETTY IMAGES QUICK FACTS

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