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You would agree with me that these days almost everyone is light skinned- even those whose mothers and fathers are charcoal black. Bleaching is a practice that had once been seen as something practiced only by the ignorant and the illiterate, is now a fairly common phenomenon involving both men and women; and many of them h
Sadly, we have heard many tales of skin bleaching adventures that ended badly yet lack of proper information has ensured that people still wish for that smooth, white, foreign look.However in my opinion, I have been able to arrive at some reasons why women tend to change their skin colour by bleaching:
1. TO BEAT COLORISM: In spite of the fact that we are all Africans, colorism occurs. Look at it as racism between people of the same race (how dumb). Nigerian women lighten their skin to stay on the favoured side of colorism; the fair skinned side.
2.TO FADE IMPERFECTIONS:
Some women genuinely use skin lightening products to fade scars, spots and discolorations, before finally giving to the temptation to completely lighten their skin.
3. TO ESCAPE STIGMA:
Unconscious yet harmful statements like “see as you black” and “you be like under of pot” are things that push Nigerian women over the edge and make them lighten their skin.
4.TO GAIN CONFIDENCE:
Some women are raised to loathe the darker complexion, because colorism is sometimes transferred from generation to generation. This fosters self-hatred and a desire to ditch all they have been told, mars their beauty. Hence they lighten their skin.Skin lightening is a trend that more Nigerian women have failed than succeeded at. Done properly, nobody cares. Everybody loves a light skinned woman.
5. THE BELIEF THAT FAIR SKINNED LADIES GET EASILY ATTRACTED TO MEN:
For some women, the very concept of being light skinned, which might be a total contrast with their original skin colour, is appealing. One wonders why a woman who has perfectly beautiful dark skin would want to transform herself to look like her “Yankee” counterpart.Is there a general consensus that women who bleach to become lighter are prettier than the dark skinned ones? Like they say “one man’s meat is another’s poison. Just because some men like light skinned girls does not mean a lot of these girls come by their light skin naturally. Does the skin colour of a woman really trip a man? That is left for the men to decide.
In conclusion, I would like to put in that you can get that fair complexion without looking off putting. If you see someone who bleaches to the extent of having discoloured knuckles and sun burn, the person will look like someone who is uneducated. If you want to bleach, you have to change your diet for it to look natural. You need to make sure you have the money to enable you maintain that glowing look. If you do not have the money then you should not even embark on it because fruits are expensive. But I rather advice we stick to our natural skin colour. For in as much as FAIR IS CHARMING, BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL.