Today let's play with maps on topics, not of the effervescent characters of Naruto and Gon Freecs or Monkey the Luffy, but of the vanity and beauty that is of a Geysha!
More than mere aesthetics, skin color has also appealed more to be cultural and social since time immemorial. While religion, speaks of light and dark with the notion of good and bad respectively, dark and fair skin has been perceived in a plethora of ways across different geography and historical orientation.
For the love of mapping, I have created a story map showing different cultural connotations of SKIN COLOR across the globe. Feel free to click on the tags and explore. I hope to be able to add up other views from other countries as well.
(Image of Miss Universe 2013 candidates from various sources on the web.)
As with other places around the globe who's got a take on people based on the skin color, the Philippines was never part of an exemption. Being part of the working class and having gone with the chance to be on both sides of the interview table, I can say that aside from an impressive resume, physical appearance, i.e. height, looks and fair skin is but an advantage on getting the most-coveted job post in an interview. Good skin is really a major plus in hitting that dream job here in the Philippines.
Just as different nations take the meaning of skin color differently and even seriously, we can blame it to natural selection why we are born light skinned, fair or a bit dark. Here's a map of Human Skin Color Distribution based on Von Luschan chromatic scale.
|Data source: Wikipedia|
While majority of Asians are blessed with that moderately-baked skins, some are just compelled to still push it to another level and take whitening regimens that would make them the Fairest of them All.
When I went to Singapore recently for a mapping conference, I was able to meet lots of fair-skinned ladies who was just as nice and witty as they are pretty. The weather there is much more like here in the country so when I stayed too much under the sun on my second day, when I attended the conference the next day, I was like- uh-oh- I look sun-kissed mixed chocolate on white milk when taking pictures together with other attendees(^_^).
Oh well the skin lightening mission was yet another story the moment I come back here in the Philippines. Post-foreign-land-trip regimens should always include that extra dose of this kojic acid soap to lighten up things that tanned a bit more than the ordinary days...
This recent addition to the Skin Lightening Caravan of whitening regimens is the use of KOJIC ACID SOAPS.
Since its conception for beauty care cultivation debut on 1989, more and more brands bearing the same secret ingredient appeared in the market. Some may be as effective but some may just have been too good to be true.
Here are a few facts by the numbers so we don't get fooled. Remember the Bar that sets the bar is the one with the KICK-ASS RED LIPSTICK!
|Figures from e-how.com and other web sources|
And just so we may bear things in mind, I made this info graphic on why When it comes to our skin care, we MUST use the ORIGINAL Kojic Acid Soap...
So there you go, buy the SAFE, the EFFECTIVE and the FIRST.
And oh before I forget, apart from being ORIGINAL, Kojie San is also AWARD-WINNING!
Kudos to Kojie San for winning the the BATH SOAP BRAND OF THE YEAR during the Watson's Health, Wellness and Beauty Awards for 2013!
So for skin care, let's all make sure to only use the ORIGINAL! Remember the one with the KICK-ASS RED LIPSTICK and you'll never go wrong!
"Beauty to me is being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass RED LIPSTICK!" - Gwyneth Paltrow