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Licorice Root Extract Gets Rid of Dark Spots on Your Skin: Freckles, Aging, and More!

Updated on August 24, 2014
Lotion containing licorice-root extract
Lotion containing licorice-root extract

Okay, now this isn't a home remedy, and I'm NOT a spokesperson for this company or affiliated with it in any way except "delighted customer for several years now"..... but Godiva Skincare and GLOWLight ( products containing licorice root extract (called "glabridin") began to work for me in even less time than their sites quoted. I noticed improvement--reduction of freckles, dark scars, and a "younger" look--within one week. I think their website says it will take two weeks before you'll begin to notice benefits. My guess is that it varies with every person's skin type and the cause of the dark spots (bruises, freckles, age spots, and so on). Godiva Skincare is not the only product containing licorice root extract--GLOWLight Skin Whitening Cream also works similar wonders and may be easier to locate online as they are made in the UK.

At first, carefully follow their routine (they usually recommend a starter kit). Once the spots are all gone, you can relax the routine a bit. Their prices are a little high compared with dime-store lotions unless you catch a sale, but the main lotion for keeping the dark spots away goes a LONG way.

How to lighten your skin:

  • Wash with soap, such as Godiva's "LicoWhite Transparent Soap".
  • Apply an astringent (for normal to oily skin) or toner (if your skin is dry. Again, for best results use Godiva's "Licorice Skin Whitening Astringent" or "Licorice Skin Whitening Toner".
  • Now, apply the whitening cream or lotion: use "Godiva LicoWhite Cream" on your face, neck and other sensitive areas, and "Godiva LicoWhite Lotion" on other body parts.
  • Do this twice daily.

The thing Godiva Skincare doesn't stress enough on their site is to stay out of the sun (even on cloudy days you can get burned), and when you must go put on sunscreen with SPF80 or higher and wear a broad-brimmed hat and/or carry a dark-colored umbrella or (less practical) a parasol. Sun will make the spots come back in a hurry. I always keep sunscreen in my car for emergencies (a study showed that this doesn't hurt the effectiveness of the sunscreen).

If this works as well for you as it did for me, you will soon be Snow-White! Best of luck, and let me know how it turns out if you decide to go with a glabridin-containing product.


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    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks for the heads-up! I really appreciate it! I think I've edited the article a bit to lessen the focus on that one product and I found another product that contains the same ingredient that works so well. Thanks again!

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      Jaye Denman 

      4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Laura - The links don't take one to the Godiva website now. Even though they take you to screens that say Godivaskincare at the top, they only provide a list of links to other companies, none of which is Godiva. Just thought you should know.

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Sounds interesting. I've damaged my skin quite a bit lying in the hot Texas sun and I'm a redhead. I'll definitely have to look into this. Voting this up and useful, interesting, and will share with followers.

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      5 years ago

      Just buy a bottle of licorice root, dab on the spots. You don't need a high priced company.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Maria, thank you so much for the compliments! The secret is a lifetime (well, since I was 12) of wearing the highest level of non-comedogenic sunscreen I could find, year 'round. I just layer on the sunscreen and stay out of the sun, walk under an umbrella, wear sheer long sleeved cover-ups with linen pants even on hot days, wide-brimmed sunhats... No tan lines on me! No freckles either after the licorice lotion.

      I put on sunscreen lotion (Neutrogena SPF 100+) to my face and arms (and legs if I know they'll see the sun) right after I get out of the shower (don't forget the ears and, later, the part in your hair!), then later apply makeup (face only) that has an SPF to it, also. Neutrogena is one of my favs because it has a powder and a foundation both with SPFs of 15. If I get a pimple, I after the first layer of sunscreen but before makeup I simply dot it with a teeny bit of Proactive's Mask (!), which clears it up within a day and helps hide the red color. To finish this look, I use white Chinese rice powder on my face applied quickly and lightly in small circles with a kabuki? (big, round, fat, squatty) brush, which causes the very fine powder to sink into every pore making the skin look flawless and more like the color of the rest of my face. Be very careful not to get any on black or dark-colored clothes, though. I re-apply sunscreen to all exposed skin every few hours if I'm outside at a zoo or picnic or whatever tempts me into the sunrays. I keep a bottle in the car, purse, and when I'm going to outdoor events...

      I adopted the ultra-pale look when I found out skin cancer ran in my family--but that it had a preventative measure: sunscreen. One unexpected benefit: many people think I'm YEARS younger than my actual age. :-) Thanks again for stopping by and good luck with your own skin complexion!

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      6 years ago

      laura i m 18 female i have seen ur skin it looks great and u r sooooo cute :) what do u use in ur skin i love ur complexion

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      H Lax 

      6 years ago

      I have lots of freckles, age spots, and sun spots and this product sounds like it's just what I need to lighten them up. Thanks for sharing this info.

    • Laura Schneider profile imageAUTHOR

      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks, AnnaCia! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: if you see someone covered head to toe with a parasol in SPF 100+, you'll know it's AnnaCia or me :-).

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      6 years ago

      Laura, thanks for the information. I run away from the sun all the time. Keep the good writing.

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      Laura Schneider 

      6 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I have very pale skin in the first place, except for some freckles and old dark scars, so I go straight from Snow White to cancer pink. Have you read the reports the last few decades that any amount of sun exposure (or tanning beds or whatever) increases your risk of skin cancer? Cancer is no fun, so I'll stay my natural color and make the blemishes match the rest of me.

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      Sun lover 

      6 years ago

      I'd rather have a tan!

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      6 years ago

      I read this before..Thanks. Great advice.


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