Quest for Fairness
April 7, 2016 3:06am CST
There is an obsession among women of South Asia to attain fairer skin tone. In quest of fairness, they will try anything often at great cost to their health . Young girls are quite susceptible to the widespread advertisements of beauty-products and whitening-creams on TV which promise miracles. However use of substandard skin whitening creams can and have caused skin problems such as itchiness, rashes, dryness, pimples, hardness and darkness of the skin. Skin whitening creams usually contain skin bleaching chemicals such as steroids, mercury salts and hydroquinone among other harsh and dangerous chemicals which causes the skin to lose its thickness and tightness making it weaker. Isn't it terrible how big companies and manufacturers of beauty products play with health of women and use media for their advantage? Or would you blame the society where fair skin tone in women is equated with beauty, success and chance of a good marriage?
8 people like this
27 Apr 16
it's not good to change fair skin by chemical tint. though the manufacturer declare that's no harm, it is not nature. it's harmful to health if long time usage. people has different beauty view, so it's not strange if they do that.
• United States
7 Apr 16
Like others have said, it is irony that those of us with light skin so often want the color of tan or brown. Those who are darker want to be lighter. By our buying into those notions, businesses will use the knowledge of what we want to give us what we will spend our money on to achieve. Who is more at fault? It is shared responsibility, I think. And then factor in that people come from families, friends, or cultures/society, etc., which dump their "shoulds" on us. We need, especially as women, to look deep within and get to an understanding that we are fine as we are. Not an easy prospect much of the time.
• Mumbai, India
7 Apr 16
Is it not ironic that the dark skinned want to get fairer, while the fair go to any extent to get tanned. Just goes to show man is never satisfied. Also the girls with curls want straight hair and the ones with straight get theirs permed. It is a crazy world.
• Zamboanga City, Philippines
7 Apr 16
As a teenager physical looks really matter on how people treat me. I is really a heartbreaking attitude that are society now have. So with these I aim to look the best I could. I tried using whitening product but my skin are so sensitive and I am starting to become picky on which products to use. :)