Licorice: Natural Skin Care Ingredient Fights Redness & Rosacea

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I try to walk outside for at least one hour everyday—it's my ultimate peace of mind. But lately it's been taking a toll on my skin. With temperatures outside dropping down to lows that only the recent Dow Jones stock ticker would understand, my skin is now confronted with freezing cold winds and dry air every time I step outdoors.

While everyone's skin reacts differently to cold weather, I know I'm not alone in the "blotchy red skin" department. My cheeks always develop a mild case of Rosacea—a persistent redness, flushing, and cluster of rough patches that spread all over the skin.

Dermatologists estimate that Rosacea affects over 14 million Americans alone, most of whom aren't even aware of it. In addition to the serious medical consequences that can take place if left untreated, Rosacea can also lead to psychological and social problems, not to mention a negative self-image.

Unfortunately, there's no cure for it yet. But there are many ways we can control Rosacea. Many skincare products use natural herbs and plants to calm down Facial Redness and Rosacea. One of the key ingredients known to control redness and flushing is as natural as it gets: licorice root extract.

Licorice's main component glycyrrhizinate has been proven time and time again to be an effective anti-inflammatory and moisturizer. Plus, it has the ability to brighten/lighten the skin and prevent further hyper-pigmentation.

There are plenty of dermatologist recommended products out there that consist of licorice extract and help combat Rosacea. One of the most trusted cosmeceutical lines, Eucerin's Redness Relief line, is not only effective but easy on the wallet too!

Whatever lotion you choose to use, just make sure that "Licorice Extract" appears on the top half of the ingredient list—this makes it an "active" ingredient because it shows that there is a substantial amount of the herb mixed into the product. And of course, avoid any lotion/crèmes with chemicals harmful to the environment (i.e. parabens, sulfates, etc.).

If you really feel like going natural, just mix in a little Licorice powder with Aloe Vera gel, and spread it all over your face. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes, and I promise you that any redness or inflammation that you had before, will be nowhere in sight once you remove the mask.

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