Iya Rainbow; The Demons Hovering Around Bleaching

Iya Rainbow visited me recently! Yeah, not the respected actress but Aunty Rainbow. Read my encounter with Iya rainbow.

iya rainbow

Saturdays are perfect to relax and have your eyes hover around a newspaper or book.

‘Knock! Knock!’ Not now

“Favour check the door!” , I told my neighbor’s kid who had come with her siblings to keep me company. Never think that when you send a kid in company of other kids on an errand that you sent just one person.

The trio dashed to the door with their little toddler behind them, shouting “Who ish that? Who ish that?”

Laughs, that kid exudes so much courage.

The three little fellows stuck their head out of the door.

“It is a yellow aunty”, yelled the toddler.

“No! It is a dark aunty”, countered he brother.

Hmmmmm…. Kids are sometimes bound to give you uncanny answers to simple questions.

I stood up to see our visitor myself then Favour approached me.

“Don’t mind them,Ma. She is a rainbow aunty”, she whispered.

Rainbow ke?”

This kids seemed to be playing a huge prank on me. I brushed past them and advanced to the door then turned the knob.

“Good morning,Ma!”, I greeted politely.

Then looked up to her red-skinned face smeared with thick Mary Kay’s concealer, fair hands that brandished dark knuckles and chocolate-skinned legs showing off her weak green veins.

The kids made an understatement. I turned and they looked at me puzzled obviously expectant of an answer.

“She is a super multi-coloured aunty”, I whispered.

Bleaching! Bleaching? Let’s talk about it.

The use of chemical agents for the purpose of skin bleaching or lightening can be traced back to the use of powders and paint during the Elizabethan era which is between 1558-1603.

In the United States, skin bleaching products and procedures started gaining leverage within Black community in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Memories of historical overtones of colonization, slavery, discrimination, mistreatment, and color rating in social class against dark skin and better job opportunities, executive positions, and chances in beauty pageants favoring those with less skin pigmentation are factors that upheld the supremacy of white skin.

But this is the 21st century for christ sake where the black skin is bae. The black skin to me has always been an embodiment of BP (not blood pressure o) but beauty and power. Haba! Be positive for once,Laughs.

Its pretty sad that celebrities and everyday folks alike have resorted to these measures without knowing the long term effects of these creams.

Lightening creams reduce the amount of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes their colour. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin compared to light or fair-skinned people.

The ‘Iya Rainbow’ demons on your skin

1. Its prolonged use causes premature aging of the skin

2. Steroids in some lighteners may increase risk for skin infection, skin thinning, acne and poor wound healing.

3. It causes increased risk for skin cancer due to sun exposure.

4. Hydroquinone found in most bleaching creams is capable of causing untreatable skin discoloration called Ochronosis.

For folks who don’t know. These chemicals are the ones capable of lightening you in creams and they are very dangerous. Note them and stay away from them; Arbutin, mercury, hydroquinone, azelaic acid, kojic acid, retinoids, vitamin C and more.

When you see these agents, drop that cream and run for the love of that beautiful skin of yours.

You don’t need to bleach till you look like a scarecrow to be beautiful.

As for me! *Sips coke* I am in love with my black skin. What about you?

Add Comment