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76 / F / メリランド
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Posted 9/5/08
If you're of any ethnicity (especially of the Asian kind) you've probably been compared to someone in terms of skin color. I'm (east) Indian and I get compared a lot. In fact just this summer, I went to the beach and got a tan (aka, darker than I already am, when I got back, I saw a lot of my family and a lot of them said I was darker looking. They didn't say it in a bad way, but you could tell they noticed. Also, one of my good friends told me in a joke that if I got any darker I wouldn't get married (again, as a JOKE!!) It was a funny joke, but it got me thinking about how important tone is.

I've been wanting a lighter skin tone for a while now ('specially to cure that tan!), so before I started any treatments (creams, exfoliations, etc.) I just wanted a few opinions of what you all think about skin lightening and if any of you have done it before or have been exposed to it. I realise that it is a huge thing in Asian countries, so if you want to discuss the positives/negatives, feel free to! Because I wanna be educated on this before I do anything that might damage my skin...

I wanna know a few things
-Risks (i.e. CANCER)
-How effective is it? (How long does it take?/Does it work?)
-Preventative measures (To keep my skin from darkening further... like sunscreen i guess?)

BTW, I'm NOT trying to start a race war or color war, I just want a few opinions on lightening your skin
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28 / F / from east africa-...
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Posted 9/5/08
why, would u? ur skin looks fine.
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21 / M / UK
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Posted 9/5/08
...go to a docter?
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29 / M / North Carolina
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I think you look fine, just don't tan. Trust me, I live through what you do when you tan >.<... people just need to shut up about it :(. I'm not exactly indian or that kind of dark skin color, but I when I tan, I'm not just a darker yellow. I'm pretty "yellow-brownish", a very huge difference, and it just doesn't work with my looks at all. Go heavy duty with SPF 85, it's like $11 here, and you can get it at like those 24 hour Pharmacy stores.
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I want a tan .... o_o My best friend just came back from her vacation to France/Germany/Turkey and she got a tan ,,, I was so jealous. ^^
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22 / M / in ur dreams
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Posted 9/5/08
stay inside for a couple of days avoid windows and doors and your tan will go away soon
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M / ♪ ♫ ☼ england
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Posted 9/5/08
lol the opposite to tanning?
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You look fine to me. Though if you really want to lose your tan, just stay indoors for a few days. Happened to me after school ended, it went from dark tan to light tan. Other than that, I don't really know.
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well ... im half indonesian half iranian .. so my skin's also .. like dat but i love it haha .. my friends r jelous of me cuz of dat -_-' ...
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Posted 9/5/08
why do you want a lighter color,just accept your color,it'll go off anyways,the tan thing...
just don't do anything that you know will cause damages to you skin...
Posted 9/6/08
Tan is a great colour!
Loads of people go tanning salons to even GET a tan colour!

Haha..I'm also tannish. XD And loving it.
haha..my family does that to.
Everytime i come home from the beach they go "you just went darker"
ahaha..

My advice is, to use whitening lotion and whitening soap. And stay out of the sun longer than normal.

There;s also this thing you take or inject to make skin whiter.
(but come'on... inject to get whiter?, But it's more effective than whitening lotions)

It's called glutathione, and you take pills and stuff. And it makes you whiter!
Side effects are actually positive

Here's some more info on the drug: http://www.squidoo.com/side-effects-glutathione



But if I was you, I wouldn't really change my skin colour..



Love the skin you're in (just my opinion)
Hope my advice helped you a bit.
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Posted 9/6/08
I've never heard of it lol everyone's got really light skin in my country. The prototype is blonde hair, blue eyes and light skin - so everyone wants darker hair, brown or green eyes and a tan lol . Need not say there's no products like that where I'm at. There's only self-tanning and stuff. Pluss all the girls spends hours and hours every summer at sun-bathing to get that tan you want to avoid. ehehehe!
Posted 9/6/08
It's only as important as you make it. No biggie. But yes, skin colour used to play a huge role. One century ago(more or less) only the poor ones would be tanned, and only the rich ones would be pale. Being tanned, means that you've got to do a lot of work, especially outdoor, under the sun, thus logical conclusion of that would lead to the belief that you are poor. While this was a rule way back, it doesn't count today any more, just take a look at the rich people. They WANT to get tanned, etc.

If people judge you nowadays still by your skin colour, then they are idiots with too much sh*t in their head. Point made. I'll take my leave.

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29 / F / Im Lost
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Posted 9/6/08
is it true that the more lighter/fairer the skin the more beautiful?
Posted 9/6/08
lemme break it down for u
there is this product called Diana
it is used all over the middle east and east african peninsula
a lot of my family use it but the thing is its dangerous!!!!!!!!!
skin cancer
+ u cant even go out in the sun ur skin will peel!
i thought about it cuz i am the dark one in my family and get teased a lot
like i wont get married nd stuff
but i don't care
have confindence in how u look like
i mean who wants another micheal jackson in this century....
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