For the sake of whiter skin

When I was in the Philippines, I wasn’t surprised to know how popular “glutathione” is. It is used as an anti-oxidant and users claim that it made their skin lighter. It is considered as a food supplement so a doctor’s prescription is not necessary. Most people I know take 500mg to 2,000 mg capsule a day. A month’s supply is almost one thousand pesos or more (about US$50). From what I know it became popular through the Filipinas working in Japan.

On my last visit back home, I saw “glutathione” soaps while some clinics offer glutathione injections. Do all Filipinos want to be white? Nothing wrong with it I guess but I thought our color is really nice. When I came back to Korea I told my sister about it and asked if she’d be interested to take the drug. She has a nice “Filipina” color, i.e. no need for artificial tan. She answered: “What for? I don’t want to be white.” So I guess not all Filipinos want to be white. In my case, I’d benefit more from a Los Angeles rhinoplasty! Hehehe…

6 comments

  1. people want things that they don’t have, e.g. white people want to have a tan, or an orange complexion, dark eyed people wear contact lenses to make their eyes seem lighter, etc…

    i like my complexion din, hindi masyadong maitim, hindi masyadong maputla. tamang luto!

  2. Good for her. Your sister is a smart cookie.

    I disagree with Rmjonah that white people desire tans. I always see them defending themselves and running away from sunlight.

    I think it’s a nice thing to be lighter skinned, but if you’re not, then you shouldn’t make an effort to become something you aren’t. Instead, you should just find “your look.”

  3. @Azurewolf – east asians already have fair skin but they still want to be fairer… i guess it’s hard to be satisfied with what you have specially when you see the media glorifying an “ideal” beauty

    @Rmjonah – pareho tayo, hindi masyadong maitim, hindi masyadong maputla… tamang luto ika nga 😀

  4. I have always felt that everyone should be happy with the life that god has blessed to all, if he wanted you white, he would have made you white, Be happy with your color and show your pinoy pride, as a Bunso of mine once said to me, Why should I use those products!! I don`t want to be plastic and get old faster! Anyway, the Morena is more maganda, and not afraid to go out into the sun!! heh heh heh

  5. Not everyone who wants to be white wants it for beauty or vanity. I have ichthyosis vulgraris, a skin condition that forms dotted patterns on my shins and my skin appears very scaly. I want to use glutathione because I want to look like a normal person and not a freak of nature.

    I hope people won’t look down on those of us who wants to be white. We all have different reasons.

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