Hakeem Basit Khan
The Features of human skin-
If you took off your skin and laid it flat, it would cover an area of about twenty-one square feet, making it by far the body’s largest organ. Draped in place over our bodies. Skin forms the barrier between what’s inside us and what’s outside. It protects us from a multitude of external forces. It serves as an avenue to our most intimate physical and phycological selves. This impervious yet permeable barrier, less than a millimeter thick in places, is composed of three layers. The outermost layer is the bloodless epidermis. The dermis includes collagen, Elastin and nerve endings. The innermost layer, subcutaneous fat, contains tissue that acts as an energy source, cushion and insulator for the body.
Why people use whitening products-
There are many reasons for the trend of adopting skin whitening cosmetics. People had much lighter skin associated with their higher status then the hard working people with dark skin. Additionally, in modern times, the Caucasian complexion has been established as supreme,A nation often perpetuated the media, with adverts showing people with white skin as more successful and attractive. Brain-washed by these beliefs, masses in many parts of the world lose their self-worth and line up for fairness treatments.
Effects on health and society-
Even though having whiter skin may improve a person’s self–esteem, these products can negatively affect the health of their users. According to world health organization (WHO) people are harming their skin permanently as some whitening creams bought over the counter have prescription – strength ingredients like steroids or toxins, severely damaging the skin and other parts of the body. Moreover, social structures also face detrimental effects. Using fairness products perpetuates the belief that ‘white’ is better than ‘black’, and thus those with darker skin may experience discrimination. We must break such perceptions as the drawbacks of this are clear, with potentially dangerous consequences for people’s future health and society.