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Liquorice Extract helps protect skin from UV damage

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Liquorice extract (glycyrrhizic acid GA) has been found in a new study to help protect the skin again UV damage by triggering the production of protective molecules in the skin that protect it from the sun.

The new study, carried out at Bierersdorf AG, Hamberg in Germany and published in the February edition of the journal Experimental Dermatology, found that the liquorice extract formed a protective shield on the skin that guards it against UV damage from sun exposure, making it potentially even more effective than sun creams containing SPF’s, which only form a physical barrier from the sun as opposed to a biological one.

The Liquorice balm worked by stimulating the skin’s own defence system by releasing antioxidant molecules when applied topically to the skin, creating a biological and natural SPF in the skin itself.

 

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