Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of all?


Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of all?

The best part of growing up in the 90s is the commercials that came during the drama breaks. From paan masaala ads to the skin bleach commercial “Bus 15 minute mein ho gayi mein gori gori”. It was the best piece of marketing ever devised by mankind to make all women go, Goo gaga just to get that ghostly complexion.

Speaking of skin cocktails then came along those tacky Archie packs which were to be mixed with some skin ointments. Horrendous experience for some but for some a fairytale coming true. Don’t know if they still have a face left to show off anymore!

I say this due to experience, not that I’m not trying to wage a war out here, but the true fact is that these products from unreputable companies are potentially hazardous to not only your face but also to your health. Just to add a bit of extra evenness to their skin people will go to any length to gain that ghastly white look, whether it’s from skin whitening treatments or from applying cheap formula creams.

The FDA strongly warns against strong toxic mercury content in skin whitening creams and bleaches! This is a clear sign that one must not buy cheap unreputable substances to ward off that dark complexion, now here’s the part which should scare the life out of everyone. The symptoms associated with mercury poisoning, include numbness in fingers, dizziness and forgetfulness.

Ladies! Now, have you ever thought about why you feel lethargic and forgetful? On a long term, when these creams are absorbed through the skin it can cause severe health effects, including neurological and kidney damage.



The author is a blogger who writes on health and social issues.


  • M.Saeed

    This is an essential heath warning that should come from the Ministry of Heath, immediately following the skin-whitening ads or other similar ads from the quacks. Playing with people’s heath for making illicit money on their unsuspecting believes in their efforts to improve on their shortcomings, is the worst type of exploitation.