whitening cream and filipino women

@roniroxas (10576)
Philippines
August 22, 2007 4:54pm CST
i would like to ask all my fellow filipino about this topic.... well if you are not filipino and you love filipinoes then you can join as well. i am just wondering why mostly of the filipina are crazy over this whitening creams, whitening lotion, whitening soaps that are all out in the market. i mean dont you just love being kayumanggi? do we have to use such thing just to make our skin white? are mostly of the filipino guys wants mestisa? does it makes a woman comfortable if her skin is fairer that average? i am just wondering.....
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16 responses
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
well, people have different preferences. :) i'm a bit fairer than the average kayumanggi but still not fair skinned really. but i don't use whitening creams on a regular basis. the only time i use some whitening cream on the face is when i've been on field work and i got burnt from over-exposure to the sun going to communities in the rural area. :) media, the society and the lifestyle all have a great influence on people to like to be whiter or fairer. :)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
yes i agree with you, media and society has a great influence with that. as you can see on tv the battle of whitening creams, lotion and soaps. its like saying that you are beautiful if you have whiter skin.... thats the reason why i opened the topic. thanks for the response
@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
Because our culture taught us (unknowingly) that white is beautiful, mestiza term came from the spaniards long ago..and we are under them for like 300 years.. I guess we are learning to love our own color now, though there are still lot of whitening products out there..I can see beautiful actresses in thier tan and they are loving it. I love my brown color..I am proud of it..I don't use any whitening products at all.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
that is a good way to be proud and i agree with you. thanks for the response
@squaretile (3833)
• Singapore
23 Aug 07
yeah it's the same here in singapore. SKII, and all sorts of beauty brands are selling whitening whitening whitening all the time. even the beauty counters in singapore are so bright with harsh white light. quite horrible really. the ironic thing is, in the west, looking pasty white is not cool. on a cruise ship, i remembered, even before the ship started moving, the caucasians were all on the top deck in their bikinis sunning themselves! for me I'm very comfortable in my asian skin. some chinese are very fair but I prefer my easily tanned healthy glow. no whitening what nots for me at all.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
good to hear that my friend. i too is not the type who uses this whitening lotion or soaps. thanks for the response
@ranitam22 (1147)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Wow, I didn't know that was going on. I believe that people use those whitening or bleaching creams for different reasons. I think some people do it to try to even out their complexions, some people do use it to make their skin look whiter. I remember as a child, my grandmother had a bleaching cream she used and i never did know why she used it. I don't think that issues of trying to be fairer is just within the filipino culture, I seen on a talk show that it goes on in the african-american, the hispanic culture, and a type of this i think goes on in the white culture with the tendency of people thinking that having blonde hair and blue eyes is the thing over a brunette. all of these are examples of things i would guess are just human nature. Some people will never be happy or accept the way they look and it will always be some magic cream to make them think they can feel better about themselves, but no amount of facial cream in the world can change what needs to be changed on the inside. You should love the way you were born and live life. Good topic.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
you got it right, i think more people look up to those who are blond and has blue eyes as i always hear them as the superior race. sometimes it really issomething about insecurities. since you are the first one to reply lets read down what other people has to say with it. thanks for the response.
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
I've been asking myself this question too. I am already tanned to begin with. I love the outdoors, I love swimming and I have to spend a considerable amount of time on field for my work. I get offended when salesladies offer me whitening products. I think for the most part these products are unsafe, and most of them, especially the cheaper ones, cause chemical burn and scarring. I think a man who will only like a woman for her complexion isn't worth the time.
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• United States
23 Aug 07
Great comment jungle girl! As for those saleswomen, they have too much time in their hands. But then again, if it was me, I would love to have asked them why they think I need the product. Sometimes they don't mean anything by it but you never know. I work in the legal system so you know where my aggressive character is coming from. LOL http://automaticbuilder.com/megland4 http://myberrytree.com/bt30069 http://swiminprofits.com/?sharesuccess
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• Philippines
23 Aug 07
LOL. I do that too sometimes. But then there are times when I am just to tired to argue. Shopping is already a task for me so being bothered by people with such a narrow definition of beauty and self-worth is something I choose not to deal with, if I can get away with it.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
that is true sharesuccess, sometimes the sales lady doesnt mean anything, all they want is to push the product for us to buy it. jungle girl, i agree with you that some of the products are not that safe. and sometimes is is really tiring to argue hahaha specially after a long day. thanks for the response
@yesah65 (158)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I am not philipino, but an American and I have spent a lot of time in the Philippines and I have many friends living there, and personally, I find the darker tanned skin as beautiful. I live in a place, surrounded by white skinned people and I don't understand the facination of being WHITE? Of course, I am of mixed Native American and white blood, but prefer a good tan anytime. Beauty is only skin deep, and it is what's inside that counts; Makes you a beautiful person...or not. If you pay close attention, you might notice that a lot of these "white skinned" beauties work awful hard at GETTING A TAN. Just thank God for what you have and be a good person. And as far as the guys are concerned; If they can't see you for the beautiful person you really are, they have a problem.
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• United States
24 Aug 07
I couldn't have said it any better. Great post! To Healthy Living and Inner Beauty! http://automaticbuilder.com/megland4 http://myberrytree.com/bt30069
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
thanks for appreciating the beauty of us Filipinos. i wish every filipina who is obsess to this whitening products will realise that not all beauty can seen by the eye a lot of it is felt tru the heart. thanks for the response
@jcyap888 (721)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
its a trend that most woman use whitening cream to whiten there skin, most man prepared kayumanggi, but whiter skin look clean and feel soft to touch and more attractive.
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• United States
24 Aug 07
Sorry, but I don't agree. I'm not fair and I'm not dark but more of a lighter honey color. My skin looks great and very soft. I don't know what world you're coming from.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
jcyap thanks for saying your point of view about filipina woman and whitening creams.... i known a lot of filipina with whiter skin, yes it looks clean but looks can be decieving... lol.
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
It is the reality in our country that most women wants whiter skin. Even if our skin color is already tan. I think one reason of this is because we are taught that white is beautiful and clean. And men likes white girls. I have watched a show that shows two girls in the street and people are ask who is beautiful of the two. Most people's answer is the white one. I think we want to be admired and adored so we bought whitening products. This is also the influence of the media. I have watched Biolink commercial and I really hate the way the treated the girls with darker complexion.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
thats the reason why i started the topic.... now you see my point of view. some of the filipina hasnt notice it but if you watch the tv commercials you will really understand what i am talking about. and me in the entertainment industry i fingd so many women who are really obsess on being whiter than what they have. thanks for the response a BR for you mary.
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
I am a beautiful kayumanggi, i lost confidence when i was young because i was bullied in school with my dark brown skin. Filipino people are so crazy of getting white which for me is very ridiculous. They look like "Clowns". Yes, am married to a caucasian too. and I am very proud of my color, I am a superstar in Europe, they envy me for my silky brown skin. Filipinas should be proud of their natural skin color. Don't pretend to be rich and clean because of fairer skin. Not all white is clean and rich. If you get what I mean......
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
My sister-in-law was a little dark-skinned when she came to Manila. After a few years, when you look at her now, you wouldn't believe that she had been dark skinned before. Over the years, she had tried every whitening products that were popular and were in demand. Now, she looks very attractive and her skin looks flawless. I think why most Filipinas try these products because one, appearance makes a lot of difference when you want to earn respect from other people. It's sad but it's a fact that lighter skinned people are being given more attention. And two, I think it's a certain trait of Filipinos to go with the current flow, what's in demand on the market. Now, the most popular choice of getting a whitier skin is by taking the Glutathione vitamin. Original and fake brands are scattered throughout the market and the demand is through the roof. It also boosts a Filipina's self-confidence to have a lighter skin. I've tried a whitening soap once but I'm not that dark-skinned. I'm half Chinese and I was born with a much lighter complexion. But when my husband and I moved here in the province, my skin turned dark over the years. So, I've decided to try the whitening product to see if it does work. It did but nowadays, I tend to lax off from applying this product. So, I'm turning darker again. But I tell myself now, what the heck?I'll just use an umbrella the next time I've got to go outside the house and walk under the blazing sun.^_^
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
what a great story.... a + for you. yes sometimes we should blame people who loved women who have fairer skin specially when it comes to job application and job hiring. thanks for the response
@Bujoyseth (1684)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
hello roniroxas! well, to tell you honestly. i don't use any cosmetics, any whitening creams, soap,lotion that are all out in the market.. yes, you're right, i've observed that almost all Filipinas are using such kinds of creams, lotions and soaps just to make their skin fairer.. but if you'll going to ask me.. i would always answer you, no. i'm gonna use such things.. i love my natural beauty. i love my color as a Filipina.. actually, anyway, this is a fact that foreigners love our color, that's why they use tanning lotion.. am i right? they look us beautiful with our colo "kayumanggi".. and i'm proud of that.. hehehe..
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
yes we should be proud of it. thanks for the response
@rsa101 (16852)
• Quezon City, Philippines
23 Aug 07
Well its but natural that we Filipinas are dreaming of having fairer skins since many or majority of us is really dark brownish skin. I think when you belong to the majority you tend to choose or prefer to belong to those that are of lighter skin since they are the ones that standout in a crown of darker skin tone. But if you put it in a different situation where Americans being used to their skin tone they are the ones that wants to have a darker skin tones since they have grown that way and having that skin tones doesn't stand out in a crowd anymore that's why they are trying to tan their skin a little bit dark at times to have that feeling of standing out in the crowd. I guess its just perception that is affecting each and every culture.
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
yes i think no matter what culture you are from or what race some people are not really satisfied on what they have. some people want to be what they are not. and in this case having a fairer skin is what others want and some who has white skin wants to be tanned. thanks for the response.
• United States
23 Aug 07
Wow, never heard this before. I'm filipina and happy with my tan as well as married to a caucasian. Never really dated a filipino guy but then of course I don't choose love by nationality. I let love happen! I do have filipino friends, guys and gals and never had this discussion about whitening cream. If they heard about this, they would think it's funny. But then I guess to each its own. To Healthy Living! http://automaticbuilder.com/megland4 http://myberrytree.com/bt30069
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@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
24 Aug 07
i dont use any of the whitening product but being a singer i find a lot of my colleague who are really spending a lot on whitening stuffs. as for me i love the way i am. thanks for the response sharesuccess
@dimaks (786)
• Japan
24 Aug 07
i really can't get it why Filipino women and even men want to have white skin, whereas Caucasians on the other hand wants to get tanned. I guess it is a mentality and kind of a grown impression that white is beautiful. and if that is so, why are there models in the modeling industry who are black? nowadays i think being white is not the most beautiful thing anymore, it is what you make of yourself look beautiful, from fashion, character and the way how you deal with people.
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
So true. We Filipinos are actually more lucky to have tanned skin because we're not that easily susceptible to skin cancers through harmful UV Rays. But I've got to be honest though that I was one of those people who have tried using whitening products. My skin did whiten but whenever my skin gets exposed to the skin, I can't tolerate the pain. My skin easily feels the heat of the sun and ouch!So, I've stopped using my whitening soap. It did help my appearance but it will help me get skin cancer easily too.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
26 Aug 07
yes that is true dimaks, no matter what color and race you are it is your attitude and the way you deal with people is important. some races with whiter skin are arogant some only. i knew some who are not. thanks for the response
• Philippines
13 May 09
i know this is for women and i am no women. I like women that are tan myself. I only want to know if you know somebody who used meladerm to gid rid of melasma but not to become whiter. I have melasma and wanting to gid rid of it. Do you think customs allow shipment from the US?
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
This is because of the fact that as a person, you want those thing that you dont have in your life. You want to get whiter beacause that is beauty for the eye of our society. But when it comes to the Americans, they want to become tan because it makes them look sexier. This is the reasone why.
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
thanks for sharing what you think, you have a good point. we always want what we dont have. so some get it by hook or by crook. thank you karlo
@lani0529 (1726)
• Philippines
23 Aug 07
Hello roni!(",) It's crazy why Filipinas would love to become whiter when infact Americans are trying hard to get tanned. I love my color because I'm not really a kayumanggi but not that white either. I guess, we should be proud and happy that we have this type of skin color because we are not risk of acquiring skin cancer compared to those with whiter skin. Now, Filipinas are going crazy over glutathion to become whiter. Great day!(",)
@roniroxas (10576)
• Philippines
25 Aug 07
hahaha women are really vain.... they want to get white and the whites want to get tanned.... funny. thnaks for the response lani.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
Putting colonial mentality aside, I think our women here in our country are already pretty. Having a lighter complexion does make them more attractive and appearance does affect one's personality and confidence. I really try to avoid whitening items. I mostly see women using too much. You can see how light their faces are but, see their shoulders or neck with a slight contrast (-_-") Good for those who don't have to worry about becoming white as they probably had good genes from their parents. For those who don't, they just have to take care of themselves and lessen the blemishes that they get. Of course, that's not only for women but applicable to men as well. (^_^") Its odd though that most women would strive to have lighter complexion but, if they are trying to appear western, western women would often want to have their complexion similar to those from asia.