If you ever thought using skin bleaching cream will make you look more beautiful, you need a rethink. Makeup artist, Teniola Kashaam who was once a skin bleacher is making a U-turn to secure back her beautiful chocolate skin tone and she’s as well warning other women who are into bleaching addiction to flee from the act.
Taking Instagram, Kashaam made a true confession of how she started craving for a lighter skin at the age of 19 and by the time she was 2o, the black beauty had already bleached her life out. “At the age of 19, I started lightening my skin….. By the time I was 20, I had become a heavy Skin bleacher,” she wrote. “At the time it felt almost normal, I felt like I looked more attractive….. it became an addiction, I just couldn’t stop. I craved so much to be lighter.. I felt being black wasn’t beautiful enough. What a stupid way to have thought.”
The Lagos-based makeup artist made reference to the society influencing her bleaching cravings but also cited her naive younger self. “ I guess the society we live in played a little role in my decision to bleach my skin… coupled with being very Naive at that age. It’s widely perceived that the lighter you are, the more beautiful you look. To be honest I always knew it was a bad thing… I mean, I had seen loads of people with ridiculously damaged skin courtesy the effects of bleaching but I was just so deep into it… like I said it’s actually an addiction.
With harmful chemicals used in bleaching creams, it’s no news it can lead to serious skin and health condition, such as skin cancer, liver and kidney damage, psychiatric disorders, etc. But thankfully, rather than continuing, Teniola
Kashaam reevaluated herself and started seeing the beauty in a dark skin, hence her reason for reversal.
“As my 25th birthday started approaching I started to do a lot of Soul searching, a lot of self-evaluation… concerning every area of my life and I finally started to see the light… to see how crazy I had been all these years… how crazy it was for me to have believed that my black skin wasn’t beautiful, to have allowed myself to feel inadequate or to try and tell God ‘ how you created me isn’t good enough’ what a silly, crazy way to have lived. Today I’m more than grateful that I finally saw the light. Black is beautiful! So beautiful! Never have I ever felt as beautiful and as at peace with my skin tone as I do now… Please Love your skin/Yourself the way God has made you…. you are beautiful, you are enough.”
She also advised women to love skin no matter the color. “Time will always tell… imagine how I would look 10-15 years from now if I had continued to bleach my skin,” she wrote. “Please don’t do it… I did it and I Had/ have so much Regret… it’s not worth it. You are beautiful just as you are. I get a lot of messages asking me, how I was able to transition my skin back… I will be sharing all the tips soon enough.
Thank you to everyone who helped me get through this…… the Amount of support I have received is enormous… Thank you.”
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