Licorice root extract is a fantastic skin brightener, and I can tell you this first hand! This extract is able to lighten uneven skin tone or dark spots (hyperpigmentation) because it contains liquiritin and glabridin. These compounds are found in the molecular structure of licorice extract and serve to reduce inflammation and inhibit melanin production. Melanin is what is responsible for the pigment in our skin. When our skin experiences sun damage or trauma, melanin is produced as the skin’s defense mechanism, which in turn can create hyperpigmentation. So even though it may not taste the greatest (well, depends on who you ask), licorice root extract is a topical ingredient that can really make your face shine.