It's as if a culture's beauty standards purposely mess with people's minds by idealizing the hardest attribute to attain. Most Malays and Indians have medium to dark skin. Beauty ads here tempt them to make it fairer. Most white people are...well... white. The beauty ideal for them in the West is tan.
I first noticed the difference in standards when I went to Tesco to buy lotion.
|Healthy White with Triple Lightening!|
The majority of the lotions available in Malaysia have skin lightening chemicals in them. This Vaseline brand even offers triple lightening... whatever that means.
Compare this to the USA where celebrities like the entire cast of Dancing with the Stars gets a strangely orange spray tan to mimic the sun's effect on the skin. Regular folks in search of a golden bronze use artificial tanning lotions instead. The only place where I've ever seen some available in Penang is at Sephora. There is definitely not very much demand here.
|In the USA, artificial tanner is the way to get Sun-kissed Radiance without increasing your skin cancer odds.|
Personally, I'm happy with my skin color just the way it is. I've never been one to go for bronzer in the USA, and I didn't want to start using lighteners in Asia. My Chinese grandmother, on the other hand, wished that I was fairer and had plans to fatten me up, thereby stretching out my skin to lighten it up.
|I'm sure that the Malaysians that see this poster at the pharmacy realize that the model is naturally white.|
Her fair complexion has nothing to do with Whitegen.
Of course, the face is the first thing that people notice, so that is where you really need to concentrate on "fixing" your color.
|In the USA, you don't want to be sickly pale. You want a "healthy glow."|
|In Malaysia, this product doesn't only make you fair, it makes you pinkish fair.|
Keep in mind that most people here have a yellowish undertone to their skin.
It's been hard for me to find inexpensive moisturizers at the pharmacy that don't claim to have a lightening agent in it. I recently bought a product for my extremely pale hubby that came with a bonus whitening face scrub. He was wondering how much whiter he could actually get.
|Asia or the USA? I bet you can guess where these are sold.|
People can even whiten their underarms.
Mirror, mirror on the wall.
Who's the fairest of them all.
The Evil Queen in Snow White should have just skipped the poison apple plan and headed to a Malaysian pharmacy for lotion instead.