Don’t call this bleaching, I’m just toning my skin

Some men too are guilty

skin-bleaching

Skin whitening business is now on the increase in Nigeria today..people now have there own brand with a thousand and one promise of even skin toning,glowing skin,shining etc..Most Nigerian men prefer the lighter women because they are more attractive than the darker ones”

How true is this? Do you honestly believe that bleaching or *toning* your skin as people prefers calling it will make you more prettier than dark ladies or men? They feel been light skinned is the getway to a better life

I believe that its only inferiority complex that can make one to try and change the natural skin colour God had given him/her.

Skin Whitening is a world-wide phenomenon that is becoming ever more popular as people in developing nations become more flush with cash. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 77 percent of women in Nigeria use skin-lightening products, the world’s highest percentage.The reasons for this are varied but most people say they use skin-lighteners because they want “white skin”.

In many parts of Africa, lighter-skinned women are considered more beautiful and are believed to be more successful and likely to find marriage. DO YOU BELIEVE IT?

It’s not only women though who are obsessed with bleaching their skins. Some men too are involved in the practice…(how I hate men that bleach!! Ouch)

Dangerous consequences
Skin bleaching comes with hazardous health consequences. The dangers associated with the use of toxic compounds for skin bleaching include blood cancers such as leukemia and cancers of the liver and kidneys as well as severe skin conditions.

Hardcore bleachers use illegal ointments containing toxins like mercury, a metal that blocks production of melanin, which gives the skin its colour, but can also be toxic.

Systemically it causes things like kidney failure because of the mercury in some of the products and it also causes eczema, skin pigmentation among a host of other infections.

Even with all these harsh consequences some ladies do not care…though so many brands promises a consequence free toning. We don’t know for sure because these effects starts to manifest after several years of consistent use.

Is Bleaching one’s skin now a lifestyle or the trend in vogue?
Bleaching, often dubbed ‘toning’ is steadily on the rise.

Well known Nigerian Musician, Femi Kuti revealed to Al Jazeera, “When the bleaching propaganda got so negative, they had to come up with toning. Bleaching sounds too hard, now it’s toning. I don’t bleach, they say, I tone!”

Are there natural ways to tone the skin? Are there consequence free brands? How do we really prove they are really consequence free?

Written by Akudo Omenihu

I'm Mrs Akudo Omenihu, a mom of 2. I blog about motherhood, lifestyle and more. To know more about me visit my blog www.kudoslivings.com

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