What’s the deal with fair skin ?

28/11/2013 admin General Interest



As a kid living in Perth, I quickly figured out my so-called “dark” brown skin was darker than most Indian girls and as a result, I become fascinated with fair skin. It was kind of pathetic and weird, but I even remember seeing my skin colour change after taking off Band-Aids (after cuts) and imagining the rest of my skin a lighter shade.

My pre-teen views on beauty were simple: beauty meant fair skin. Growing up my grandmother would give me a bath in chickpea flour, an old Indian homemade recipe, to get a child’s skin lighter. I would get in trouble for playing out in the sun for too long and when I would go to my dance classes, my instructors would have a hard time finding a foundation shade that matched my face.

Most of us stand before the mirror and dream to look like the fairy queens on the silver screen. Their fair and flawless complexion is indeed mesmerizing. We get so carried away by their beauty that we tend to splurge on the beauty products endorsed by them. At this juncture I would like to talk about fairness creams and their tall claims. ‘Get fair skin in a week/month’, ‘Get instant glow’- quite catchy lines indeed.

There are so many fairness creams out there; not just for women but also for men. Slowly, men too have joined the beauty bandwagon which used to be the forte of women. So, these creams are religiously being applied by people out of the desire to get fair complexion. Little is being thought about its after effects. There was a point of time when I too had bought a tube of fairness cream but I never used it again as it did not enhance my complexion in any manner. Just like most consumers I got carried away by the advertisements but when I heard that chemicals are being added in fairness creams, I completely stopped using them.

I came across an eye-opening article from The Times of India where a dermatologist wrote that face whitening creams are harmful for all – be it man or woman. They might be in great demand for the fair look they promise but in the long run they harm the skin.

The main ingredient of these fairness lotions is bleach; for the more desperate ones they even resort to topical steroid-based creams that can be purchased off the counter without a prescription, resulting in horrendous results. There is evidence to suggest that some types of skin-whitening products use active ingredients (such as mercurous chloride) which can be harmful. Mercurous chloride acts as bleach, which causes more harm than good.


The side effects of creams with mercurous chloride as an additive are as follows:

  • Thinning of the skin- Daily use of these creams leads to the skin losing its tightness and becoming thinner in return
  • Growth of acne is another harm that these creams cause to the skin.
  • Photosensitive reaction- Due to this the more exposed one is to the sun, worse one’s skin condition becomes. This would mean anything from getting pink and red rashes – the degree of which would vary from person to person to sun burns, blisters, itchiness to burning sensation, each time the person steps out in the sun.

Time taken for the reactions to show up varies from person to person. For someone, it could react immediately, for other it could take months to show signs of a deteriorating skin. I can cite an example of my neighbour who bought a pack of a very promising fairness cream. She used it for a week and her skin seemed a shade lighter but the very next day she had an acne breakout. So, what is the use of such temporary fairness?

A clear and healthy skin is far better than a fair but damaged skin. Instead of working at superficial level it is better to obtain a healthy blemish free skin by changing your lifestyle.

Having said that, it’s not entirely a hopeless situation for dark skin beauties. Who says that dark skin isn’t beautiful,   The first step to beautiful skin is to repair the damage done to the skin by harmful rays of the sun, years of neglect or even torture with the use harmful cosmetic creams and lotions that promise everlasting beauty and what not.

Your path to beautiful skin starts from the inside, there are no short cuts to it. The following are the rules of the thumb for the skin you yearn, but the question remains is, how disciplined are you willing to be to achieve your goal?

  • Hydration – Drink lots of water to hydrate your body at cellular level. In fact, a well hydrated body itself will start showing visible signs of health and vitality
  • Fruits & Vegetables – Include more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet and stay away from processed and refined food.
  • Oils – include unrefined oils like virgin coconut oil, virgin olive oil, evening primrose oil, wheatgerm oil and Flaxseed oil. Ensure these oils are cold-pressed and unrefined. Take them in spoonfuls as supplements or include them as salad dressings.
  • Enough sleep – An average adult requires 6 – 8 hours of undisturbed sleep; this helps with cell regeneration.
  • Exercise – In order to have good sleep, ensure your heart gets a workout for a good 20 minutes a day (more if you’re planning for a marathon 😛 )
  • Meditation, Good music, Relaxing activities – Any activity that provides you with relaxation. Set an hour in a day of uninterrupted time for yourself to set aside all troubles and problems and relax your mind.
  • Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize (CTM) – Ensure your daily beauty regime includes cleansing of your skin without stripping the natural sebum of your skin, toning with a proper astringent and moisturising with a moisturizer that befits your skin type. No matter how tired you are, never go to bed with your make-up on. Exfoliate, once a month and apply detoxifying masks every fortnight.

Love yourself! – Yes it matters. You need to love your body no matter what shape, size, colour or whatever perceived imperfections it may come with; it’s yours to keep. No exceptions. Your body will respond to the manner you treat it. Treat it with love and care and it reciprocates beautifully. Don’t feed it junk and expect it to flourish well.

Opt for natural and organic products in your beauty and personal care products and stay away from chemicals no matter what miracles it promises you. Watch your skin, health and confidence boost in no time. Don’t expect miracles overnight, with home remedies or with natural means of self enhancement. You didn’t get dark, patchy, unhealthy skin overnight. It was years before you even started noticing it. Similarly, to repair the damage done will also take its course, but you will definitely get there. Persistence and diligence will pay off.


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