We’re all familiar with the basic methods to reduce the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, like avoiding the sun from 11:00 to 3:00 midday, or splurging on SPF 50+ sunscreen lotion, still knowing that at least 2% of UVS will manage to reach our skin. Yet, a new breakthrough in science has revealed a new way that might protect our precious skin: licorice! The idea might be insane, let alone the possibility of licorice-scented sunscreen, but according to new findings in a research study published in the Experimental Dermatology, a component found in licorice has been linked to protecting the skin from harmful UV radiation. In the study, the plant-derived chemical allowed skin cells to form a defense system of its own & similar to the positive health benefits of anti-oxidant foods! The study indicated that Licochalcone, which is directly extracted from the root of the Chinese licorice plant, aids in protecting against UV radiation damage by boosting the skin’s defense mechanism. One of the researchers involved in the study went as far as mentioning that these plant extracts might be more effective than usual sunscreen protective methods! It was also noted that applying licorice extract stimulates and energizes the skin.