Using a Skin Lightener for the Right Reasons
If you do a quick internet search, you can find a long list of famous people and celebrities who look like they’ve intentionally lightened their skin color. Michael Jackson is obviously one person who comes to mind, but other celebrities that have drawn attention are Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Iman, Rihanna, and more. A couple of years ago, Vibe compiled some “before” and “after” pictures to compare skin tone. Of course, things like makeup, sun, lighting, and clothing can all make a difference, but we can probably all agree that there are some pretty significant differences in the way someone looks “then” and “now.”
So what’s the big deal, and what does it have to do with Porcelana? To answer the first question - how you prefer to look is a personal decision, and you should do what makes you feel good about yourself. If you feel good, you look good, and if you look good...well, you feel good! At Porcelana though, we find all colors, tints, and shades of skin beautiful...and we want people to feel comfortable with what they’ve got!
Some of our products contain hydroquinone, which can have a lightening effect on skin. Currently, it is one of the key ingredients in our Day and Night Dark Spot Correctors...which work to accomplish exactly what the name says! Because hydroquinone can potentially lighten your skin, we wanted to go over some good and bad reasons to make a lightener part of your skin care routine.
Reasons NOT to use a skin lightener
Conforming to someone else’s standard of beauty. There are SO many things out there telling women (and men to a lesser degree) what they should look like! Think about it - magazines, TV shows, tabloids and more are very centered on appearance. At Porcelana, we would rather you conform to your own standard of beauty, and to love what you were born with! *Note: most of us were NOT born with age spots (those are from sun damage), so those don’t count!
Thinking you’ll be happier if you look different. This one goes right to the heart of the skin-lightening controversy discussed above. Of course, it’s not for anyone to judge what you want to look like, but the trick is to find happiness and contentment with who you are...and then happiness with how you look will follow! If you're always waiting for happiness with the next job, next partner, weight loss, or something else, it will always elude you.
Good reasons to use a skin lightener
Even out skin tone. Your skin will age differently depending on how well you take care of it, how much sun you’re exposed to, the climate you’re in, and more. Age spots and acne scars are two things that can occur that might change the way you feel about the skin on your face, chest, and hands. You may develop darker or lighter splotches, which might be bothersome to you.
Repair damaged skin. This is linked to evening out your skin tone. Acne, for instance, can leave your skin pitted, or with dark or light scars. The hydroquinone in Porcelana’s creams can help with the appearance of these marks and scars. You should feel good in your skin, but there is no reason to let marks from your adolescence stay with you the rest of your life.
So, we talked a little bit about why some people lighten their skin, and what we think are good or bad reasons to do the same. To summarize - don’t use skin lighteners to chase some arbitrary ideal or just to change the way you look. Using a skin lightener to even out the marks of age, sun, and acne is a good way to keep your skin as nice as it was the day you were born!