I was very dark-skinned when I was younger. My parents and brother are all fair, so it was a mystery as to why I was so tan! Well, I didn't really mind because even at a young age I was taught to be happy in the skin I'm in. Fair or dark-skinned, I still can achieve the things I want to achieve.
Coming up, a LOL high school photo!
Dark in sophomore (?) year
It was when I was in the senior year of high school when my skin started to lighten, apparently all by itself. I used lotions, but they were purely just for moisturizing. Not that I complained! Having lighter skin gave me confidence when I was in college. I just maintained this color until now with a healthy dose of SPF when going out and making sure to stay out of the sun as much as humanly possible.
Take note, I'm not that maputi, but I suppose I'm fair enough to be mistaken as Korean by around 90% of all cab drivers. -_-
So let me segue to a question: should we lighten our skin? On one hand we should be happy with the color we’re born with. On the other hand, we want to feel better and more comfortable about ourselves by having fairer skin.
My answer? There is no right answer. It’s up to you to decide. If whiter skin can give you more confidence to take on the world (however shallow that may sound) then go for it! If you’re happy with your color already then that’s great! I do think, however, that we should have even skin in whatever color.
In my case, I don’t consciously whiten, but I really want my dark areas to even out with the rest of my skin. You see, my armpits, singit, knees, and neck darken easily. By easily I mean a thoughtless scratch or abrasive clothes can cause these areas to darken within two days. I am also prone to dermatitis when it's really hot, so the afflicted areas darken unevenly. It really sucks!
That’s why I like Asian Secrets. It’s not just for people who need to whiten all over– it’s also for people like me who just want more even skin. It's the Vitamin E and green tea extracts in the lulur that help lighten dark areas, while the squalene component moisturizes. You can read testimonials about it in forums and this blog, and they say that it indeed whitens and moisturizes their dark areas. ;)
PS - To make things fun, I will be randomly picking two commenters in this post to win two jars of Asian Secrets. I will announce the winners here by October 3. They can pick up the lulur in the Makati office. Details to be emailed to winners so you better leave your email address when you comment. ;)