Light or Dark skin?

@Abbyey (760)
Philippines
July 23, 2007 4:03am CST
Most people have a high concern on their skin, some want if to be light, some tan, some dark. What difference does it really make. Its funny sometimes for example, here in my country most filipino is "Morena" or tan skinned, and we have LOTS of whitening products in the market as well as treatments for the sole purpose. However when we see tourist and they have white skin, they exert all efforts to go to the beach and have a TAN. So i wonder what is so important with the skin color? I see black/tan/white people who are beautiful just as they are born to be yet each on exert the effort to change what they already have. What do you think? Are you one of them? Or do you think its really important? Or just go with the trend?
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• United States
24 Jul 07
These concerns about our skin colors are taught to us by our parents and communities. It appears that the world is growing in knowledge (technology, space exploration, medicine, etc) but we continue to pass on the same sickening ideas of self-hatred and hatred of others. The skin color systems are a chaste system. One skin color, one hair color, one eye color and one land mass trying to maintain power and control over another. It is an insanity maintained by the so-called upper classes. It keeps them rich. (And, they do an excellent job of "creating" a need in you.) You need skin lightener, tanning solutions, hair color, teeth whitener, colored contact lenses, hair extensions, perms, etc. If you can create a "false" need in someone. You can sale them a product. All this self-hatred is keeping the upper 10% wealthy and just making fools out of the rest of us.
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• India
23 Jul 07
Hi!Always the other side of Grass looks GREENER.The FAIR-SKINNED go in for a TAN & the DARK_SKINNED would go in for Beauty Treatments.Basicaly I am a self-satisfied person & I personally believe that "Beauty is not in what you Are, but in what you DO; It is not in the form of Things, but in the HEART of YOU!!It is foolish to give prime importance to the colour of the skin.Even the dark complexioned do have a smart personality!! Thanks, www.creatingcolourfulfuture.com
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@sandwedge (1341)
• Malaysia
23 Jul 07
i dunno why some people cares so much about trying to stay "fair" skinned but my neighbor's wife tops it all. she wears a hat, wears long sleeves and carries an umbrella when she exits the house in the day time. she does it all the time even if she is walking to the mailbox which is about 6 feet from the front door! i doubt if she has a skin condition since she does look healthy in the evenings.
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• Malaysia
23 Jul 07
I have to admit that I am concerned with my skin color. I like it to be as fair as it can. I am using whitening cream to lighten my face and I know many people in my country are using it. To me being fair is more beautiful. For the tourist, the reason they want to get is because their skin is too fair and it does not have any glow. They live in cold weather so to have a glowing skin they have to TAN under the sun. Even though they tan, the skin doesn't turn into brown like our skin. They only look red.
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• Philippines
23 Jul 07
well, we have a great skin color as a filipino, I love our color brown. some of us might be light brown or dark brown. I think what matter is how we take care of our skin. Dark or brown it is always pretty if it is smooth and well taken cared of. we filipinos always want a lighter skin but how about the exposure to sun, being brown, we hve some protection compared to white skins. Be proud, be brown and proud...
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• Malaysia
23 Jul 07
I think it's the matter of people's perception about skin color. Some people like to have fair skin. That's why the skin whitening products are everywhere. Not just in your contry, I suppose.. indonesia markets also sells a lot of whitening products. There is a great number of people buying as well. As for me, I have tanned skin.. more or less because I get out of the house a lot, plus I stayed in a pretty hot city. I like my skin color. I think they look nice. Somehow, some people finds that I'm too dark and I should get some whitening lotion on me. I normally just smile at them and tell them that I think tanned skin is cool. See, it's just a matter of your taste. :)
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• Indonesia
24 Jul 07
I think its just about the people. We also want something that we cant have. Just like me too, I can say I am onr of them too that so want to have light and bright skin. I can admire women by their bright and light skin color. Same as the white people. They all have bright color in their places that why they wish to have tan color skin like us asian. Dont you agree?
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
24 Jul 07
Hi there Abbyey. In the grand scheme of things skin color doesn't matter. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, "It's not the color of a person's skin, but the content of their charater." I think that sums it all up.
@GardenGerty (101780)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I have noticed this in the discussions around the lot. I find it very funny, not in a bad way, just kind of ironic. My aunt tried so hard to tan that she developed vitiglio. Lots of people risk skin cancer to become brown. Borwn people try hard to be white. i think I just want to be myself.