There’s alot of brouhaha about women who choose to lighten their skin and mostly the talk is all bad. These women like popular OAP Toke Makinwa must not appreciate their God given beauty if they choose to change the way they appear on the outside, right? How hypocritical of the nay sayers don’t you think?
First of all, most women who condemn other ladies who boldly change their skin tone either by gently toning or outright bleaching use powder that is at least a shade lighter than their actual skin tone because it looks better. How do I know? Because its a common beauty secret when it comes to wearing makeup. So, you use a lighter shade of powder on your face but criticise the woman who is bold enough to go lighter all round? Again I say, how hypocritical.
Some people however have genuine concerns for what the long term effect of using these products does to the skin. Back in the day, before the Dencia’s of the world introduced what I hear is quality product for lightning the skin, most women used some locally made “concoctions” that ended up reddning the skin and causing huge horrible green and black patches on the face and other parts of the body. And lets not forget the horrors of dark knuckles which usually is a sure way to check if a woman has bleached her skin or not.
Now, there are products to use that appear to have no side effects (though most products have side effects so read the box carefully) and leave your skin looking gorgeously soft and milky. And the best part is, these products work evenly so you have no patches. If truly these products only make your skin lighter without causing cancer and or other dangerous skin defects, why then is it so bad if a woman decides she doesn’t want to be as dark as she currently is?
I recently came across a photo of a lady and thought, ‘this chic is so beautiful’. She was celebrating her baby shower and released photos of her pregnant self online and I came to the conclusion that she must be the prettiest pregnant woman I had ever seen. I decided to search for more photos of her and realised that she had once starred in Wale Adenuga’s Super Story and again I wondered why I couldn’t place her face because, well, I am a Super Story addict or used to be when the show was great. Call it boredom or sheer curiosity, but when I have an itch, I just have to scratch. I had to figure out who this lady was. And then it hit me. She had starred as a host on the show Soul Sisters and had been on one of the most popular Super Story shows co-starring Kehinde Bankole.
Wow! You wouldn’t believe how much this girl has changed. Its like her skin got fairer and all of a sudden she becomes more beautiful. No, I am not alleging that she bleached her skin and heaven forbid me to judge if she did but the difference in her skin tone is astronomical and I dare say she is so much more attractive now. Was she ugly when she had darker skin? Of course not. But take a look at her pictures from Super Story and her pictures now and I dare you not to agree with me.
And before I get some hate mail let me just say that not everyone looks better with lighter skin. Some women have black beautiful skin that glows and shines. Just ask Lupita Nyong’o, Gabrielle Union and Genevieve Nnaji. But if you choose to lighten up your skin a little (or a lot), be sure to find out if the side effects are worth it and if you think they are, then by all means go ahead. Don’t let anyone dictate to you what beauty and sexy is. It is after all 2016 and if bleaching makes you happy, why not? Enjoy your lives ladies, we only live once.