It's Time To Stop Supporting Skin-Bleaching Beauty Products Like Fair And Lovely

It's Time To Stop Supporting Skin-Bleaching Beauty Products Like Fair And Lovely

Although it's established that everyone is beautiful in their own skin, certain products still discourage that mentality.
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What people see in the media directly affects how they perceive themselves and love their bodies, but a topic that I rarely see coverage on are bleaching products that make skin a shade lighter than what it naturally is. If that doesn't seem to ring a bell, maybe the following name can help you recall an instance of seeing this: Fair and Lovely. In a world where the skincare and makeup industries seem to have advanced past looking at skin color, it looks like Fair and Lovely hasn't budged. It's understandable, because their brand is based off products that lighten skin tones, but the fact that so many people still use their products is slightly saddening.

This brand is especially popular in India, where the idea is if you have fairer skin, you are a prettier person. This goes for both men and women! I will never forget the first time I was visiting family in India, and someone walked up to me and handed me a Fair and Lovely product. I was too young to realize that this was an insult to my skin tone because it didn't follow the popular trends there, but now that I think about it, it is so disturbing to be in a position where someone openly shows that they dislike your skin tone. I don't remember who it was exactly nor does it matter, but to think that it's that important to have lighter skin color in India breaks my heart. These types of skin products may claim to be safe to use on skin, but is it worth it in the end?

There's a bit of history behind why there's such a large fan base for Fair and Lovely, and this is because of once being ruled over by Great Britain. India became independent from Britain in 1947, but this set of beliefs in India stem from being under Britain's control for 200 years. One of the most notable shifts in traditions is that lighter skin is seen as more attractive. Of course, it's well known that there's a lot of popularity around loving your own skin, but it's interesting that people are so intent to lighten their skin.

In the end, I personally do not condone a brand with such a concept that discourages loving all skin tones. Every person is beautiful in his or her own skin, and attention should be directed at that positive concept rather than devoting time to changing how you look. I feel proud to be a person of color, and I hope that everyone in the world understands that the skin color that they were born in is beautiful, regardless of what the world may tell them. Stay true to yourselves, and don't let ignorant trends define who you should change yourself into.

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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I Tried The Korean Beauty Skincare Routine For A Month And Hated It

Oh, the things we do for picture-perfect skin.

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In this ever-crazy society where importance is placed on looks, everyone wants picture-perfect skin. No one wants acne. No one loves acne. It's just something that most people have to accept. Acne and imperfect skin are completely normal, no matter how much we wish it wasn't. It's important to recognize that everyone's skin is different. Some have dry skin while others have oily skin, some have more sensitive skin and others don't. Therefore, what works for one person might not work for you. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different skin care products. I'm sure we've all heard of Neutrogena, Mario Bodescu, Proactiv, etc.

Last year, I went on a journey and attempted to follow the Korean Beauty Skincare Routine that consists of a ridiculous 10 steps, more or less. In all honesty, I say ridiculous just because I'm lazy and my usual routine consists of face wash, moisturizer, and the occasional tea tree oil for pimples. As you can imagine, following this skincare routine is pretty expensive, depending on which products you decide on and where you buy them. While the routine usually consists of 10 steps, I knocked out a couple just because I didn't feel that they were necessary for me (and because I didn't want to spend more money).

For those of you who are unaware of the famous K-Beauty Routine, I'll list them for you in the exact order they should occur. In addition, I will also list the products I used and how I felt about them. As a side note, I bought all of the K-Beauty products off of Amazon because they were much cheaper here than actually K-Beauty websites!

1. Oil Cleanser

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I tried the DHC Deep Oil Cleanser and I wasn't too worried because I'm not super oily, I have (slightly) combo skin, I don't get too try or too oily. At first, I loved this product because after I used it, my skin felt so soft and clean, it was not oily whatsoever. However, as I continued, I think this product ended up clogging my skin, as it is oil-based. I started noticing little bumps under my skin all over my face, even in areas I never break out in. However, I think my pores are easily clogged. I'm never able to use cream moisturizers, only gel ones because I break out so bad.

2. Foam Cleanser

I actually skipped this step and would usually just opt for my Neutrogena face wash or use Garnier's micellar water to get the last of the residue/dirt off. Oops.

3. Exfoliator

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I loved, loved, loved this product! It smells so good, exactly like a strawberry smoothie or candy. Which in its own way is kind of gross because it almost feels like you're rubbing straight sugar on your face. However, it was a great exfoliator and I feel like it came with a lot! It's kind of like a lip scrub but just for you face.

4. Toner

For my toner, I went ahead and used apple cider vinegar. I already had some laying around because it's great for other uses. I just poured some on a cotton pad and rubbed it on my face. I absolutely hate the smell of ACV but as they say, beauty is pain.

5. Essence

I skipped this because I bought an ampoule instead and I didn't want to waste more money. I wanted clear skin but obviously not that much.

6. Serum, Boosters, or Ampoule Treatments

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As I stated above, I bought an ampoule and most (probably all) of you will find this one a little gross. It has "snail filtrate extract" (ew) but targets acne scarring, aging, and texture.

7. Face mask

So for face masks, I already had like 10 other face masks so I didn't feel the need to buy a new one (even though I really did want to).

8. Eye Cream

I skipped this one entirely, I didn't bother because most eye cream products are ~creamy~ and cream-based products clog my pores.

9. Face Cream

I also didn't buy a Korean based product for this, I just continued on with my gel moisturizer!

10.  SPF

I skipped SPF because who really puts on sunscreen nowadays? I feel like being tan is all the rage. Also I hate the smell of sunscreen and a lot of sunscreens clog your pores.

So as you can see, I really half-assed this Korean Beauty Skincare Routine but that's fine. It's the effort that matters, right? However, I'm sure that if I had actually done the full 10 step process, I really would've given up after three days because I am as lazy as can be.

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