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 where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (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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To The Girl Who's Been Struggling To Get Clear Skin, Don't Give Up

You're beautiful the way you are, but if you have skin concerns, I know what it's like to want nothing more than to have clear glowing skin.

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I've tried literally everything at this point, from yogurt and turmeric masks to rice water, on my face in hopes of getting clear skin. Last year, I went out in the scorching sun for 4 hours for a dance practice on a basketball court and that ruined my skin for the entire summer. My face turned 5-6 shades darker and left me with splotchy spots and discoloration. Besides that, I've suffered from really flaky, inflamed skin as well as acne on my forehead for years. For me, it seems like the skin problems just don't seem to ever go away and I am tired of it. I look at my friends with flawless glows on their faces and celebrities on Instagram with radiant skin and I want nothing more than exactly that.

It got so bad that I had to go to the dermatologist to get a cream prescribed to me because nothing else seemed to be working, and honestly this was the best decision I made. I recommend going right after noticing skin problems rather than waiting years like I did, though. That definitely cleared up my skin for a couple months but then the acne on my forehead started coming back and my skin looks like it is going back to splotchy.

You're beautiful the way you are, but if you have skin concerns, I know what it's like to want nothing more than to have clear glowing skin. It is one of my biggest insecurities and I feel like I would just be a more confident person if I had smooth, clear, and glowing skin. I am nonetheless determined to keep finding ways to make sure I get the skin I want before going back for another semester of college.

Some of the skincare stuff I have tried is aloe vera, rice water as a toner, yogurt and turmeric (I accidentally added too much and turned my skin yellow), every sample from LUSH's face cleansers, coconut oil, just to name a few.

I am definitely not going to give up on my skin just yet because I am determined to get that glow but maybe I just need to leave it alone for a bit and focus on cleaning up my diet. And DRINK LOTS OF WATER. After all, it's what goes inside that matters when it comes to clear skin.

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