This is a blog i have written for TRIBE1946, a dutch Filipino magazine
Many Filipinos believe that the idealization of fair skin originated during the Spanish colonization. The desire for white skin or the “mestizo look” was thought to elevate their status symbol as upper class citizens since men and women in this category mostly have fair complexion.
Preference for fair skin is seen as more attractive evidence of which can be seen in the existence of favoritism for Filipino Tisoys < mixed native Filipinos and white ancestry> in the Pinoy entertainment industry, local beauty competition and the mass media.
Frankly, I feel sad about it. For in reality, this indigenous Malay race is gifted with a nice olive brown skin that is an envy of the Western World. Many Europeans or Americans would spend a fortune to visit sun-streaked holiday islands just to achieve their tan look or lay hours on claustrophobic sun cabins for a quick brown effect.
Your skin is the basis of all aesthetics. It is your largest organ. It covers your entire body and has a surface area of around 2 square meters. It is your protective layer and deserves your utmost care. But how do we get that celebrity flawless skin look? Follow these simple personal health habits I share with you:
1. Balanced diet- Good nutrition is the basic building block of healthy skin. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables and leafy greens;
2. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day– This will help clear your skin and give it a glow because it will help rid toxins from your body;
3. Exercise- Cardio is what will give your skin that glow because it stimulates blood flow. It is also good for your body and will make you stronger;
4. Wash your face 2x a day– In the morning, splash your face with cold water for about 10 seconds. This helps stimulate blood flow. Then put steamy water in a bowl and place your face above it. Then wash with oil-free cleanser and apply toner or lemon juice to moisturize;
5. Try to keep stress to a minimum– I know for a fact that majority of us have to deal with stress frequently but stress can cause break-outs. Try meditating or just take a few minutes in the day to sit back, clear your mind and do something you enjoy!;
6. Get 8 hours of sleep– At night, while we sleep, our bodies have the opportunity to rejuvenate themselves and sleep also keeps under eye circles away.
Now that you are ready with your body’s beauty foundation, you can start exploring the aesthetic of your other body parts. But be aware, beauty is not only on the outside but on the inside as well. Beauty is in fact not only skin deep. It’s in the soul…!
Jitty Vasquez Dela Cruz