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Why Are Filipinos Obsessed With Skin Whitening?

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In the country, having white skin can give you unspeakable advantages: people will admire you, they will envy you, and also give you perks that people with brown skin tone could just wish for.

Even if Filipinos are born with golden brown skin, the pressure from society taught many of us not to be proud of our natural color. As a matter of fact, our actions are shaped by the standards set by the society: white is synonymous with beauty.

Since several Filipino movies stars are born mestizos or used expensive bleaching products and underwent several procedures, people would love to follow their footsteps. Many of us worship those with oily white skin.

But where exactly did this perception of beauty come from? Is it a sign of colonial mentality or inferiority complex brought by Spanish colonizers?

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White Skin Superiority

In reality, it is not only Filipinos who are obsessed with having fairer skin. In China, whitening the skin is a practice since ancient times.

During the pre-Qin China, having white skin is associated with wealth. Those who lack it, especially the laborers, means that they worked under the sun for longer times. They were discriminated and called black-headed people. People from the ancient times considered having white skin as a symbol of nobility and elegance.

The same applies to the Western Culture during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some aristocrats are using lead oxide powder to make their faces whiter to set them apart from the slaves with darker skin color.

Whiter Skin is Valued, Thus the Rise of Skin Whitening

According to a research conducted by Professor Margaret Hunter entitled Sociology Compass, having a lighter skin tone is valued by Filipinos due to their European colonial history.

When the Spaniards invaded the country, the colonizers also brought with them the idea of skin color hierarchy: darker skin is associated with poor laborers who are working outside to make the meets end. Those with lighter skin are part of the higher class because they are mixed-race Filipinos or they are rich enough not to work under the sun.

Is Skin Whitening a Fad or Social Curse?

Filipinos today desire to get whiter skin complexion but they also do not want to look like Caucasians. We are proud of our Asian features and we just want to improve them.

However, the society has a different idea of Asian features: fair skin, jet black hair, almond-shaped eyes, and small faces. In reality, most endorsers of skin whitening products in the Philippines are mixed-race Asians.

Having whiter, milkier skin complexion can mean power, wealth, and beauty. This is why people would do different ways to have a whiter complexion.

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Looking back to the history of people’s obsession with white skin, it can be hard to have it corrected.

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Phone Cases Allegedly Contain Harmful Substances

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Are you fond of using your mobile phone? Do you always change your phone every time a manufacturer releases a new one?

Other than purchasing different smartphones from time to time, we are also fond of jazzing up and accessorizing our phones. We use different embellishments such as screen protectors with designs, tempered glass, keychains, and cases. But don’t you know that there are some cases that can cause harm to your health?

A study shows that different smartphone brands such as Xiaomi, Apple, and other popular phone cases allegedly contain harmful substances.

[Image Credit: Maurizio Pesce / flickr]

[Image Credit: Maurizio Pesce / flickr]

Phone Covers Contain Harmful Substances

Recently, the Shenzhen Consumer Council revealed that more than 30 popular mobile phone covers created by 28 smartphone giants which include Samsung, Apple, and Xiaomi allegedly contain toxic substances that are harmful to humans.

The Shenzhen Consumer Council led the investigation together with the Shenzhen Institute of Consumption Quality.

[Image Credit: Alibaba]

[Image Credit: Alibaba]

Five Out of 28 Brands

Upon further studies, at least five out of 28 brands contain harmful substances that have exceeded the limit and could harm the health of the user. 23 of these phone covers meet the standards.

According to the testers, the unsafe phone covers were allegedly created by popular brands such as Apple and Xiaomi. These phone covers can be ordered from their official websites.

In the case of iPhone covers, they contain 47 times higher than the normal level of PAH which could pose harm to your liver, stomach, and bladder. It can also lead to skin cancer.

Xiaomi’s Response

Meanwhile, Xiaomi cases allegedly contain a massive amount of plasticisers that could decrease your fertility and also lead to reproduction defects.

Last April 13, Xiaomi defended the company and released their statement. According to them, SICQ uses EN 1437, a European standard focused on child care. Apple, on the other hand, is yet to release a statement.

[Image Credit: Shenzhen Consumer Council]

[Image Credit: Shenzhen Consumer Council]

What can you say about this? Do you think smartphones can affect your health?

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The Truth Behind the Toothpaste Color Code

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What is the meaning behind this toothpaste color code? [Image Credit: TRC Podcast]

Every one of us has toothpaste at home. If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to use one since it is important to keep your oral health in top condition.

There are a lot of different brands of toothpaste available in the market and many of them are producing a different variety of flavors that the consumers can surely enjoy.

If you are good observant, you might already notice that other than the packaging of these products, there is a small marker or indicator at the end of the toothpaste tube. If you’ll take a look at the end of the tube, you can see tiny squares in four different colors.

[Image Credit: Sacramentro Dentistry]

[Image Credit: Sacramentro Dentistry]

The Meaning

There have been numerous stories and articles circulating on the internet stating the meaning of this toothpaste color code. According to the viral stories, these colors are:

  • Green = Natural
  • Black = Pure Chemical
  • Blue = Medicine + Natural
  • Red = Natural + Chemical
  • The Truth

However, not everybody believed in this theory. A user came out to state that these colored markings are not an indication whether the toothpaste has Natural, Chemical or Medicinal content. Instead, these markings are placed on the tip of the tube since the machine has to cut the box or tube.

To prove his logic, this user also looked at the bags of rice, pasta, and other food boxes and noticed the similar marking.

Further Proof

Snopes, a platform investigating information whether a viral news is true or not, concluded that the Facebook user is correct. The markings at the bottom of the toothpaste tubes are placed there so that the machines can know exactly where they can cut the tubes. Now, there is a clear explanation of what this toothpaste color code really is.

This just shows that everything that we can read on the internet may not be true. Since the internet is an easy and instant source of information, it is better to check other legitimate sources first.

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Still Looking Fab: 70-Year-Old Grandmother Who Cut Sugar From Her Diet Shows Off Her Bikini Body

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Will eating healthy do you good? Look at Carolyn Hartz! [Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

We all know that consuming too much sugar is not good for the body. Adding sugar that is rich in sucrose and high fructose corn syrup contains a lot of calories, and it does not bring essential nutrients to the body.

Calories, when consumed in high quality, can add a tone of weight to your body. Imagine giving up sugar in your diet: You will lose a lot of weight just like this 70-year-old grandmother.

Can You Tell Her Age?

Meet Carolyn Hartz: A seventy-year-old mother of three and grandmother of four who gave up consuming sugar 28 years ago. When she found out that she was pre-diabetic, she made the right decision to stay away from sugar and any food with sugar.

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

However, Carolyn was once a sugar addict so she cannot give up sugar altogether. She thought of an alternative to how she can still enjoy her favorite cake and sweet treats without consuming lots of calories. Her solution: Xylitol, a sugar alternative.

This hot Australian grandmother wrote the book entitled “Sugar-Free Baking Cookbook.” Her book contains a lot of recipes for sugar-free desserts that people can make. These are sweet treats without the guilty feeling because there is no “sugar” added.

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

Not Everyone Is Convinced

There are still some people who are not convinced that Carolyn followed only her strict diet to get her drop dead gorgeous body. Some people also believe that she went under the knife or injected some Botox to her face to look several years younger than her age.

A lot of women said that it is hard to shed off the post-baby weight and stay in top shape, especially if you are already over 40 years of age.

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

But Carolyn believes that you can do it with motivation.

Speaking with DailyMail, she explained that making the right food choices is important in staying in top shape.

We know our metabolism slows down as we get older it just means we have to take control and make healthier choices and work a little harder. I believe it is very important to be aware of the type of food you eat and the quantity of food you eat. Being mindful while you are eating is a huge factor.

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

[Image Credit: Carolyn Hartz]

Despite her advice on diet and healthy food choices, there are still some people who mocked her for her claims. Some people even commented:

There’s no way at 70 her eyebrows would be that high, is she going to talk about her surgery? Botox must be sugar-free.

Going sugar-free doesn’t make you look that young without the help of surgery, not even a good anti-wrinkle cream would work.

Go sugar-free and have plastic surgery and Botox. That woman can’t move her face. I’d rather stick to the sugar.

For sure, maintaining a proper diet and staying away from processed foods help. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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