The black skin is so beautiful that it should never be seen as a symbol of shame. It should be embraced with pride, and worn with head held up high. It is saddening to see that some people of color, blessed with gorgeous skin, bury their heads in shame and feel inferior when walking down the street. They try to change their skin color, and you are left wondering why? If you watched the SKIN Documentary by Beverly Naya, you would hear some rather convincing, but disheartening reasons why some people bleach. Sometimes, I wonder if “rich kids” ever think of changing their skin tone, or is it limited to the lower class citizens.
Now I got you wondering right.
Well, I am back at it again my SARMLife lovers. How are you doing?
Today’s topic is a bit sensitive, but it’s a thought that I’ve been longing to share with you all, so let’s get to it!
After many thoughts and research, I realized that “rich people kids” do not bleach their skin; they take care of whatever skin they are born with and live in it with pride. I guess it’s because they have nothing to prove to the world. They are beautiful, and even if they are not, they have money, and that alone is enough confidence boost.
Why then does the average person go to the extreme to change their original skin tone?
BLACK SKIN| REASONS WHY SOME PEOPLE BLEACH THEIR ORIGINAL SKIN TONE
- ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR
Imagine living in an environment where you are regularly exposed to people with bleached skin and do not appreciate the beauty in black. You are often reminded that a light-skinned person is prettier than a dark-skinned individual. In chapter 30 of the book WELCOME TO LAGOS, James Java asked TNJ why he only dates light-skinned girls, and his response was
“I prefer our fairer sisters because Nigerians like the latest Range, the newest Blackberry, and the hottest light-skinned chic. That’s Naija for you. We’re too materialistic.”WELCOME TO LAGOS by Chibundu Onuzo
I wouldn’t blame anyone for trying to blend in with the trend but we are responsible for how we respond to certain trends.
2. SKIN CONDITIONS
Another thought is to clear spots or discoloration from skin conditions like measles, eczema, chickenpox, and so on. This group of people is understandable, but the truth is, there are better ways to clear one’s spots apart from bleaching. There are creams and oils produced majorly for skin restoration. They not only clear spots, but they can improve overall skin conditions as well.
In all honesty, I am a victim of the first reason. Even though I didn’t have the money to get the expensive bleaching cream, that didn’t hold me back because the bleaching cream market put out creams at affordable prices such that any social class could afford one. After years of purchasing different types of bleaching creams during my secondary school days, I had to stop because of skin damage.
Being surrounded by informed people now, I am continuously reminded that my black skin is beautiful just the way it is, and this has increased my skin confidence level to the point where I did everything in my power to get my skin tone back to what it was. Unlike me, most people don’t get the privilege to correct the harm they’ve done to their skin; they are left with no other option than to walk the streets everyday with a 2-toned complexion (very embarrassing to be honest).
I understand that a black-skinned person can relate to this topic better, but my Caucasian friends can now have a good understanding of some of the challenges faced by people of color.
See, it’s not about what you look like outside or what people define you as, at the end of the day, all that really matters is how you see yourself.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous, actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”Marriane Williamson quotes
Before I withdraw my fingers from the keypad, I’d like to reiterate a few things. I know it can be difficult, especially in the world we live in but, LOVE YOUR BLACK SKIN REGARDLESS. Do not let yourself be intimidated by others. Take care of your skin and glow amazingly on a daily!!!
P.S: The BLACK SKIN post generated a lot of reactions, but due to the transition from Wix to WordPress, our initial comments are gone. Not to worry, we published another post on people’s reaction. You read it here.
Much love, until next time!