Growing up, I feel pressured about myself; having this thought, I really should use whitening products. I am even teased “maitim” (dark), “uling” (charcoal) before. But, every time I travel and hear people from other countries complimenting how beautiful my complexion is, it gives me self-confidence. Over time, I learned to wholeheartedly accept and love my own… that I should embrace my morena skin because it is beautiful! It is the real complexion of Filipina beauty. You just have to love your own and be proud of it!
EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL BEAUTY!
Then why is morena skin beautiful? Why should every Filipino love their natural brown skin?
Can’t you observe, foreign white people are staying under the sun on the beaches just to get that tan and you, naturally have these beautiful brown skin. They are probably feeling envy of you so, be proud of it! As you continue reading, say this repeatedly to yourself, “I love my brown skin. I am proud to be Filipina!”
It is irritating every time I read Facebook statuses and hear verbal statements complaining about how “negra” (dark) they are each time they spend time under the sun. Also, comments such as “Ang itim itim mo na paano ka magkaka-boyfriend n’yan?!” (You are getting really dark, how can you have a boyfriend?). Also, it is tiresome every time someone will always try to sell you glutathione products in the mall and even on social media. Please, stop. I tried using whitening soaps before, and nothing happened, say hello to my dominant melanin! I also sell them for business back then.
Sadly, the trend here in the Philippines is, if your skin is fair, you are beautiful. When you go to shops, there are always whitening soaps, whitening lotions; all are “WHITENING”! Even commercials and celebrities are promoting these products, and Filipinos are patronizing it to achieve white skin.
If I were to advise my fellow Filipinas and other people who don’t have fair skin, remember you are beautiful no matter what your complexion is! Don’t waste money on glutathione and whitening products. Stop killing your melanin because it will save you from skin cancer. Don’t hide under the sun; instead, love Mr. Sun!
“Your words have so much power. Every day, if you tell yourself, ‘I love you,’ if you give yourself one word of validation, it will change your mind.”— Ashley Graham
Again, repeat after me. “I love myself. I fully embrace my flaws, and I am comfortable with my own skin. I am proud of who I become!” Saying beautiful things to yourself will make such a massive difference and will change your life. Cheers to positive thoughts and words of affirmation to ourselves every day! 🥂🍾