Why We Created Licorice Beam, Our Clear Gel Sunscreen

Even after creating two unique textured sunscreens—Turmeric Shield sunscreen serum and Patchouli Glow sunscreen drops—our R&D team was searching for yet another formulation. Every skin type, skin concern, and preference is different, and at 82°E it has always been our mission to create a skincare routine that feels seamless and simple yet effective for each individual.


So to understand more about the process behind developing Licorice Beam SPF 40 PA+++, our clear gel-based sunscreen that combines the power of licorice and ceramides, we sat down with Dr. Rachna Rastogi and Anjali Gholap, our Heads of R&D.



What was the inspiration behind creating Licorice Beam? 


Both Patchouli Glow and Turmeric Shield [our other sunscreen offerings] have high hydration benefits due to the way we’ve designed their formulations. But after reviewing consumer feedback, we realised there is a gap in the sunscreen market for products that would appeal to users wanting a light, matte finish. This led to the design of Licorice Beam, a sunscreen in a clear gel format that gives the skin a healthy glow and hydrated look without the shine.



What sets Licorice Beam apart from our other sunscreens, Turmeric Shield and Patchouli Glow?


Each of our sunscreens has been formulated to serve different skin concerns and preferences. That’s why certain aspects between all three of them remain the same—such as SPF 40, broad spectrum protection, use of reef-safe sunscreen agents and ingredients to help protect from blue-light associated skin changes, and the inclusion of protective ceramides—each has a different texture and hero ingredient. Licorice Beam is a clear sunscreen gel that blends into the skin, giving it a matte appearance. On the other hand, Turmeric Shield is a soothing sunscreen serum that hydrates the skin while Patchouli Glow is an oil-format sunscreen that nourishes the skin.



Who is Licorice Beam best suited for?


Licorice Beam has been tested on all skin types. However, people with skin that feels oily may prefer Licorice Beam as it is non-greasy and leaves a matte finish. Some people may also prefer the lightweight Licorice Beam during the hot, humid summer months.




What is Licorice Beam made up of?


Licorice and ceramides are the hero ingredients in Licorice Beam. Licorice extract has been derived from the root of the plant and is a powerhouse ingredient that brings multiple benefits to your skin. Not only is it known for its skin-brightening properties by inhibiting the production of one of the melanin-producing enzymes, but it also acts as a potent antioxidant. Licorice extract can help calm your skin, especially when exposed to environmental stressors and damage caused by harmful UV rays. On the other hand, ceramides play a vital role in maintaining your skin's natural barrier. These skin-identical materials help trap moisture and protect against damage caused by external elements. Incorporating ceramides into the Licorice Beam formula helps keep your skin hydrated and supple throughout the day.



What are some of the key features of Licorice Beam?

  • Clear Gel Formula: Licorice Beam is a clear sunscreen gel offering a lightweight and transparent application. Unlike traditional thick creams or lotions, the gel-based formula provides a matte and non-greasy feel on the skin.
    • No White Cast: One common concern with sunscreens is the white residue they may leave on the skin. Licorice Beam seamlessly blends into the skin without leaving a visible white layer.
      • Matte Appearance: Licorice Beam leaves your skin with a matte finish, making it an excellent choice for individuals who prefer a shine-free look. Its non-greasy texture gives your skin a smooth and velvety appearance.
        • Skin-Brightening Benefits of Licorice: Licorice root extract is the hero ingredient in Licorice Beam. It is known for its skin-brightening properties as it inhibits one of the melanin-producing enzymes, helps to even out the skin tone, and reduces dark spots or hyperpigmentation.
          • Replenishing Ceramides: Ceramides play a crucial role in maintaining the skin's moisture barrier. Incorporating identical ceramides into the Licorice Beam formula helps to lock in moisture and prevent dehydration.
            • Clean & Reef-safe Formula: Licorice Beam takes pride in its clean formula, free from sulfates, phthalates, and parabens. This ensures that you're applying a product that is gentle on the skin. It is also reef-safe as it does not contain oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, and octinoxate, commonly used sunscreens that may cause coral bleaching.
              • Dermatologically & Clinically Tested: Licorice Beam has undergone dermatological testing to ensure its safety and clinical testing to establish efficacy. The stringent testing process provides an added layer of assurance, making it a reliable choice for skincare enthusiasts.
                • Suitable for All Skin Types: Licorice Beam has been formulated to suit all skin types, including sensitive skin. Its lightweight and non-irritating formula makes it suitable for all individuals.
                  • Broad-Spectrum Protection: Licorice Beam offers broad-spectrum protection of SPF 40 PA+++ against UVA and UVB rays, shielding your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. It ensures comprehensive sun protection throughout the day on reapplication every 3-4 hrs.

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