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Licorice root as a skin lightener

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Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:21 am      Reply with quote
I heard licorice root is a good skin lightener. So can I open some licorice root capsules & add the contents to my nightly Vitamin C serum? Would that work to lighten my skin? Or would I need to get a certain formulation or concentration of the licorice root?

According to the bottle, it's pure. The only other ingredient was the capsules themselves.
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Sat Jun 26, 2010 2:54 am      Reply with quote
Maybe?

I actually read and know that ingesting licorice root in a too large quantity can raise your blood pressure!

What do you use licorice root for?

I have a drink mix here sweetened with licorice root and it even says on the bottle if you consume more than 4 litres of this product it can affect blood pressure.

But back to your question I have a face mask made with licorice root and kojic acid and it does work for me anyways,

but I do not know how the capsules would melt into a serum.

maybe for a face mask it could work...
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Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:56 am      Reply with quote
TooInvolved wrote:
I heard licorice root is a good skin lightener. So can I open some licorice root capsules & add the contents to my nightly Vitamin C serum? Would that work to lighten my skin? Or would I need to get a certain formulation or concentration of the licorice root?

According to the bottle, it's pure. The only other ingredient was the capsules themselves.


You are talking about pricking the gelcap with a pin and using the contents like with Vitamin E (liquid) or are they powdered? Smile

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Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:03 pm      Reply with quote
Ottawa Shopper wrote:

What do you use licorice root for?

I'd just use it for the lightening. But the bottle says it's many times sweeter than sugar. So I guess it could be added to drinks and such too.

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u are talking about pricking the gelcap with a pin and using the contents like with Vitamin E (liquid) or are they powdered?
I'm thinking they're powdered, but I didn't look really close. I haven't bought them yet...just wanted to see what you guys here thought about it first.
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Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:16 pm      Reply with quote
The DIY sites sell Licorice Root Extract to be used at a 2% concentration. I am not sure how that translates to a powder form really? Sorry! Smile

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^^^ Reall? Where? I looked but couldn't find it.
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TooInvolved wrote:
^^^ Reall? Where? I looked but couldn't find it.


http://www.theherbarie.com/Licorice-Root-Extract--pr-239.html

http://www.lotioncrafter.com/lotioncrafter-premium-ingredients-botanical-extracts/

There are a couple Smile

HTH

Another

http://www.skinactives.com/product/detail.aspx?prodID=65

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Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:54 pm      Reply with quote
Great, thanks!!
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Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:07 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks for the links, I'm always mixing up a batch something Very Happy
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Great, thanks!!


Always glad to be of service. Laughing Laughing

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Thanks for the links, I'm always mixing up a batch something Very Happy


LOL Another made scientist in the crew! Laughing Laughing

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Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:04 pm      Reply with quote
I found some licorice root extract! Yeah!

Um, so now how do I use it? Embarassed Can I just add a drop to my Vit C serum?
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Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:49 pm      Reply with quote
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I found some licorice root extract! Yeah!

Um, so now how do I use it? Embarassed Can I just add a drop to my Vit C serum?


Yes just keep it at a concentration of 2% of the total and it's just fine. Smile

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Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:00 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks! So sorry for the dumb questions...but how do I measure that (to know it's a 2% concentration)?
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TooInvolved wrote:
Thanks! So sorry for the dumb questions...but how do I measure that (to know it's a 2% concentration)?


It is about .63 ml/cc to each ounce according to my calculations so 1 small drop per oz. is about as close as we can get without lab equipment.

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Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:16 pm      Reply with quote
Lovely! Thanks, again!
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Lovely! Thanks, again!


Glad to help, I have a wonderful app on the iPhone that calculates so that really helps! I hate math! Bad Grin

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Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:13 am      Reply with quote
Can you add licorice extract (in liquid form) to cosmetics?

Or is it better to use it in powdered form?
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Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:11 pm      Reply with quote
I have used licorice root extract as a skin lightener along with other actives, it's ok, nothing special, pls don't expect any miracles! Wink

btw,IMO, the best LR extract is sold by skinactives.com.
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Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:15 pm      Reply with quote
daler,

What concentration did you use, and what lotion/facial moisturizer did you you add it to?

Also, what other lighteners have you used?
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VeronicaM wrote:
daler,

What concentration did you use, and what lotion/facial moisturizer did you you add it to?

Also, what other lighteners have you used?


I added a teaspoon of powdered LR extract from skinactives to 4 oz. I have used arbutin, kojic acid dipalmitate as well... skinactives sells all...
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Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:18 pm      Reply with quote
sorry , I was in a hurry yesterday.. so my goal was to make my face the same skin tone as my body and I think I have achieved it pretty much with the help of these lighteners... however if u are trying to lighten some dark spots, I don know how effective it ll be for that purpose...
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:11 pm      Reply with quote
well, i think i still need something stronger as some days I dont think my face skin tone matches my neck/body skin tone ;(
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Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:53 pm      Reply with quote
daler wrote:
well, i think i still need something stronger as some days I dont think my face skin tone matches my neck/body skin tone ;(



Perhaps, you can try doing more exfoliation?
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