Why do people bleach or tan their skin - deliberate exposure to dangerous liquids or rays. I ask this question because some people that don't like black people blacken their skin by tanning and boost about a sun tan 'look how good my tan looks' and some people that don't like white people still try to lighten their skin. Is this hate due to wanting what someone else has?
I'm not even sure how this came under the category of style, I clicked behaviour!
I think that I should the correct term of PINK or BROWN or FAIR skinned and DARK skinned to prevent plunkers that are not actually white in skin colour but pink from saying WHITE is RIGHT!
Society says pale skin is "unattractive" and dark skin is "unattractive"
Asian countries have the biggest skin bleaching industry, because often times light skin is associated with socio-economic status, where as in the western world, the perfect sun kissed glow is considered "best."
I'm bi-racial(black and Hispanic) and the only time I've used skin bleaching creams is for my scars(which by the way has not helped). I have a crapload of scars on my legs because I was a clumsy child and I tend to not heal so well:/ And I'd like to wear a skirt or shorts without being self conscious of the scars:/
It's not only some black folks who bleach their skin. Many women of color do the same. I have a Pinay friend who bleaches her skin to look white. She does it because her family expects her to have fair skin. Do I think it's crazy ? Yes, but what can you do? Her culture puts fair-skin women on a pedestal.
As for tanning, some people want to have that "sun-kissed" glow.
I have never ever bleached my skin nor have I even thought about it. I don't even think that many black people do it these days outside of celebrities. I think this is more of an east indian problem. Society looks down on white people being very pale and it looks down on black people being very dark, so people try to meet somewhere in the middle