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Day 15- Skin Whitening

ImageAll right ladies and gentleman, lets get into it. For the past few days, I have been in the books, in project meetings, and making phone calls. Nothing about that list is blog worthy. But yesterday, my school prepared what they called a Food Festival where the students, staff, and faculty had the opportunity to make Kimbap, which is Korean Sushi. They had gloves, the ingredients, bamboo thingy to make the rolls, oh and plenty of cameras. I was surprisingly good at it, check out my face. Unfortunately it was the nastiest thing I ate… that day. The rice was kinda tangy, the seaweed was kinda tangy, the pickled radish was tangy, the whole thing was mess. Which really upset me, because I hate wasting food I make, I definitely put it the trash. Honesty, all the food that has been served to us at our school has been nasty (I guess nasty cafeteria food is universal), that’s what I get for trying to save a few bucks for lunch. Never again. All is not lost, when I get back home to Hawaii, I will learn how to make it right and teach you guys on my YouTube channel.


Lets fast forward to after classes were done for the day. Background information:  I am (WAS) a recovering  “Product Junkie”. Emmanuel Webster’s dictionary defines a product junkie as someone who loves and purchases products even if they do not need them. They collect products because they smell nice, cute packaging, trendy, on sale or seek out free samples. Currently at home I have boxes and bags, and a sink full of beauty products, which is a shame because I only use 3 products daily (Dr. Bronner’s Soap, Shea butter, Vera Wang Princess Perfume). Earlier this year I told my best friend that I was no longer going to buy beauty products for the year, because my habit is a waste of money and space in my home.

Now lets get back to story, I have learned that beauty in the Asian community is extremely important. How you look on the outside is far more important then how you are on the inside. With that said, there are about 50 million beauty shops outside my dorm, and I have been purchasing new items everyday, check out the nail polishes I almost bought (I settled for a purple color, but I plan on picking up the rest). So yesterday, we walk into a beauty shop named Etude, and I purchased some Essence masks. After paying for my items the lady gives her sale pitch in Korean of course, and I am nodding my head like I understand, and she starts dropping free samples in my bag. So each item that she is drops in my bag she explains, but I still don’t understand. So we leave the shop, go to more beauty shops and finally make our way home.Image


Later that night, I spread out my new products on my bed, giggling like idiot gawking at the glamorousness that is before me, until I peeped the samples that the lady at Etude gave me. She has had given me a “Whitening Essence Mask”, and  “Whitening Moisturizing Cream”. I am immediately shocked then angry. Now, I know in many Asian cultures (just like EVERY culture) lighter skin is considered more beautiful. I live in Hawaii so I have seen the great lengths Asian women go through to dodge the sun. BUT I am not Asian. What makes this lady think, I have traveled all the way to South Korea in search for the perfect skin whitening product. Seeing these products in my hands  brought forth  a whole bunch of negative emotions. God has blessed me with the skin color I am suppose to be, and no cream, lotion, cleanser or procedure will take that away from me. When I was younger, I have had 2 experiences skin lightening products. The first time I was in middle school, and my sister and I had terrible acne. So my mother invested in Proactiv products. After a week or so of using it, my father looks at us and says you guys look lighter. Come to find out, it was the cleanser, toner, and lotion that “brighten” our skin. My father ran in the bathroom and threw the acne medicine in the trash and said “you are black and beautiful don’t you use that no more.” Second time, happened when I was in high school, still suffering from acne, but this time around I had really bad acne scars and my friend had “scar fading” cream. So every weekend I would spend the night at her house and spot treat my face with this product. After a while, I got tired of spot treating my face (because I didn’t see any results) and started rubbing the product all over my face. And what was happening was my whole face was getting lighter at a faster rate then my scars. I assumed the product was not working, until one day I was at school and one of my home boys, looks at me with an unhappy face and says “Vicky, you’ve gotten lighter”.  Lucky for me my face returned back to normal in about a month or so, but after that experience I have done my best to stay away from all skin lightening/whitening/brightening products let alone have them in my presence. Has this experienced turned me off from shopping at these places?… NOPE, I know now to decline free samples.Image


15 comments on “Day 15- Skin Whitening

  1. duparcg
    July 12, 2012

    thats sad. koreans seem very superficial and live backward thinking whiter skin is better. here in america , pale skin means lazy ,unattractive in contrast darker skin means sexy and more of a outdoor lifestyle. koreans love looking pale ( i mean ghost pale) . even white people dont wanna look that white and risk skin for it. if there was a way to stay tanned for life, over 75% of white people will look tan. black is beautiful and the world is realizing that now except asians.lol. i have heard many stories about how they perceive beauty in korea and i was really shocked to say the least. i have also heard that over 80% of the women there had some type of plastic surgery and you will clearly PS ads all over seoul stating ” get plastic surgery and be confident:.lol.. maybe they don’t love themselves but we as black people love ourselves. i even dated korean girls who are now crazy about chocolate skin..i think you should go back to that store and give her the samples and let her know you have the most beautiful skin and will not change it.
    anyway love to hear about your stories, keep them coming

  2. crystal
    July 13, 2012

    Alot of the creams that say “whitening” aren’t actually chemical bleachers. They just give a “lighter or brighter” look to the face…there are some however that will bleach the skin but usually they will say “bleaching” instead. I’m black and use a bb cream that says “whitening” but it doesn’t have any bleaching agents in it. I use it under a darker foundation so that the color matches my tone, but I just my face looks bright, but not white! I wish I could list the ingredients to look for that are bleaching agents…Just some food for thought ❤

    • queenvchronicals
      July 13, 2012

      Thanks for clearing that up Crystal! Yea I bundled all of those products into one negative group. #TheMoreYouKnow lol thanks for reading

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  4. HarryKim
    July 30, 2012

    haha, I should have seen this much earlier, those ‘whitening’ samples, the lady at the shop must have never cared whether thats whitening or pore care or something. Those were just ‘samples’ that she had to give everyone:)

    • queenvchronicals
      July 30, 2012

      Yes Harry!! that day i need you the MOST so you could explain to me what was going on lol

  5. Ka'iulani
    August 11, 2012

    First of all I LOVE your skin color, so nothing I’m saying should indicate that I don’t. But first, I really don’t think that lady dropping samples in your bag meant anything by it, I think she was just giving you what she gives to other clients. I mean, to me it seems like nothing (except whatever MJ had, rest his soul) is going to turn someone with as dark a skin tone as yours THAT “korean-standard-of-perfection” white.

    Second, your dad is right! Black is beautiful, and so are other colors, but we can’t control every element that changes our skin color. These days the only reason I try to stay white is for pure skin protection purposes; some months I’m super white and some months I have a tan. I say just go with the flow and don’t try to control it! Unless you have to buy multiple shades of foundation; then for economical purposes stay the same shade all the time, haha.

  6. Skin lightening
    November 5, 2012

    I still don’t get why you should have some skin whitening agents. All of us has different forms of beauty and you may not have a white skin but you have a very pleasing face which white people don’t have. You are beautiful because black is beautiful .

  7. AznGrl
    December 6, 2012

    Can I please have those whitening products you hate?

    Asian Girl

    (for real)

    • queenvchronicles
      December 14, 2012

      Hi AznGrl! Thank you so much for reading! Unfortunately I gave all of my whitening products to my Korean friends the next day.

  8. meoromnhung
    June 6, 2014

    i suppose you are so sensitive. in my experiences, korean cosmetic store will give lots of sample whenever you buy sth. they are just sample-use to as makerting tools. the producer want to promote their new products, just that.

    • queenvchronicles
      June 6, 2014

      Lol I was being super sensitive. This happened on the 15th day I was there, I know better now 🙂

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