A common brightening ingredient, studies have shown that its active components also possess anti-inflammatory properties in additional to it’s ability to lighten pigmentation on the skin (source, source, source) . It’s also noted to have antioxidant properties and protect the skin against UV damage and even helped increase the collagen content in the skin of mice (source). However, the delivery method of the licorice root extract is important as it can effect the level of its antioxidant capabilities (source).
Terms to look for: Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza uralensis
licorice root extract