Monday, October 23, 2006

So, you want to be white?

What does it take to be white? Not just mestiza white, but you know, like bond paper white. I recently browsed looking for unloved and unappreciated CDs (and okay, unloved and unappreciated designer clothes and bags, too), when I saw the listings for like a gazillion whitening products. There were like so many of them an entire municipality could turn Caucasian or albino in no time.

Apparently, there are many ways to get fair skin:

1. Magic – Magic cream, that is. And the funny thing is, there are actually “pirated” versions of this cream, thus the need for some brands to label theirs as “The Real” Magic cream. Apparently, “The Real” Magic cream whitens in as early as 5-8 days. In fairness to the product, though, it’s BFAD-approved. Like that actually means anything in this country, but hey, whatever.

The damage: P550 (approximately US$11). And I quote the exact product description on Ebay: “In cases of decline and sensitive skin reddening, mild itching, and short warm sensation may be felt during the third to seventh application. This reaction is normal and it means that the cream is working well on you.” Hey, isn’t that the same sensation you feel when you bathe in Clorox?

2. Mushrooms – Kojic acid comes from Japan. Kojic acid comes from several species of fungus, better known as mushrooms or that thing that makes your feet itchy as hell. Also, according to Wikipedia, “It is used on cut fruits to prevent oxidative browning, in seafood to preserve pink and red colors, and in cosmetics to lighten skin.” It’s confirmed: People and fresh squid have something in common. According to the product description, “A fungal metabolic product, kojic acid inhibits the catecholase activity of tyrosinase, which is the rate-limiting, essential enzyme in the biosynthesis of the skin pigment melanin.” Sorry, but “fungal” is the only thing that I understood. Throw in some scientific jargon to sound more credible, eh?

The damage: P650 (approximately US$13) for a set, which includes soap, cream, astringent, and lotion. And again, as the product description goes: “Guaranteed result within 2 weeks of continuous use!” Okay, even if I end you end up smelling like, say, and athlete’s foot, that’s still considered a “result”, doesn’t it?

3. Drugs – There’s nothing more addicting than seeing your skin compete against oslo paper. In the cutthroat world of skin whitening products, you’ve got to aim for superlatives; if you want white skin, you’re just not white enough if you don’t look like humanized tofu. And the best way to achieve this is to start from the inside. Glutathione pills is considered a “master oxidant” and its side effect, get this, is the reduction of melanin. And supposedly, it has a lot of other health benefits, like prevention of cancer, heart disease, etc. Yeah, yeah, yeah, everything in the supermarket has health benefits.

The damage: P800 to P1000 (approximately US$16 to $20) for a month’s supply, with the effect evident in two to three months, depending on how dark your skin is. Product note on “A person taking glutathione should take Vitamin C two to three times more than the dose of L-Glutathione. Why is Vitamin C needed? This is to keep Glutathione in its absorbable or reduced form. This will release the potential of Vitamin C’s derivatives whitening properties.” Okay, so one dose of Glutathione is about 1000mg. So you have to take like at least 4000mg of vitamin C? What the fuck? Unless you’re down with a cold, the maximum intake of vitamin C should be only 500mg a day (if you’re sick, 1500mg maximum). And you know what the side effect of vitamin C overdose is? Diarrhea. Like days of diarrhea. Now you know why those taking Glutathione are so fucking pale.

Hey, I’m not here to sermon anyone on the clichés of black is beautiful and all that patronizing shit. To be honest, I’m fucking glad I’ve got enough distant Chinese and Spanish genes to make me naturally fair. Besides, it’s not just that colonial mentality crap that’s to be blamed for people wanting to have fairer skin. Bluntly put, it just looks cleaner. I mean, a tan is A-okay—on those with light skin. Like tofu getting a bit burnt and looking yummier just like those breaded ones in Japanese restaurants.

But if you don’t care about skin whitening and embrace the way your skin is, then good for you! Your self-confidence will make you more attractive in other people’s eyes. But if you have the money to spend and the willingness to endure the side effects, who the hell am I to stop you?


dexiejane said...

WOW. I didn't know there were that many whitening products. I'm only familiar with Likas Papaya soap. How time has

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Miss Diss Anything said...

Haha apparently Likas Papaya has been relegated to icon (slash primitive) status - same as CY Gabriel whitening soap.

cyberpunk said...

there are a lot more whitening products out there, and i see them not just in ebay but in almost every local forum...

come to think of it, i seldom see morena pinays anymore...i dunno if that's good or bad...

Miss Diss Anything said...

well it's pretty sad actually.

Anonymous said...

Actually I'm so amused as how this gluta fever creates havoc in the pockets of every Filipino household, we just make those pharmaceutical companies richer by trillions! well, I hate to think that I've been once the victim of whitening product.. Like Pond's whitening Cream with X3 whitening effect bla bla bla, at first it worked! hooray! but it left skirmish pimples after I got inflicted with the damn thing BIG PIMPLES! The effect after 3 mos. of use! well, maybe it was my skin though but I admit I have near fair skin smooth and clear enough but definitely wanted to be whiter due to the fact that every color of clothes would fit me if I'm fairer. I discontinued its use and settled on my dependable Johnson's Baby Soap! Hmmm Well as for now, I've researched about Gluta.. And honestly, I've talked with a manager of a bank- she's a female tall and tan skinned lady, and talked about this SAD SAD side effect on her taking of glutathione which he bought from a reputable Derm Clinics ( before Gluta was out in the market, the skin clinics sell it for a set at roughly 50 pesos per piece that should be taken with Vit. C 500 mg.) and it left marks on her skin like spots of AN-AN and it looks awful yikes! This was the side effect when she forgot to bring an umbrella and took cover when the sun strikes at its highest level! If I didn't know the person and haven't asked her? I would assume she has that skin disease! .. and I opted not to use that product until recently the same product caught my attention. By nearly browsing all the reading stuffs that I could get regarding this amazing product ( as what they promote it,) I prefer not to use it because I might overuse it, and I would want to take actions by taking it naturally because I LOVE THE SUN!

Here is the link where you could refer to some foods / supplements that boosts your natural gluta levels:
I hope this can help anyone in dilemma of whether to take or not this whitening ek ek. lolz.

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