Reach for licorice for prevention Licorice has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years, and lately it's showing up as a brightening ingredient in skin care. Nuance Salma Hayek Renewing & Brightening Serum, $19.99, uses licorice root as its key ingredient. "Studies on licorice have shown significant [skin brightening] results," says Baumann. "I expect to see licorice root incorporated into more products." By prohibiting the production of tyrosinase, the enzyme that triggers your cells to produce melanin, it helps prevent spots from forming.
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