Author’s Note: I didn’t realize that I ended up posting what should have been a blog entry as a blog page. Shit, I was REALLY out of it more than I realized.
So I’ll have to make up for this snafu somehow. And Happy Easter!
So I came across the following today on Yahoo! :Why K-Beauty Is the Holy Grail of Skincare. I read through it and I found it to be interesting. But it’s also got me raising an eyebrow at the fact that a “porcelain, dewy look” that Koreans work on achieving, as much as possible on any given day, is now the rage. And what I understand from the article is that if American women were to buy these Korean beauty products, supposedly hitting the happy medium of high-quality and low price, they’ll achieve the highly-prized East Asian aesthetic of “porcelain, dewy look.”
Now, I was born in an Asian country and lived in it for 11 years. Not once did I ever see an East Asian beauty poster featuring a dark or tan-skinned woman. All of them were pale-skinned or white with no imperfections whatsoever – no acne scar, no Moon crater, no redness (unless it was a blush), to name a few. Once in a while I’d see a mole but that’s about it. And their skin looked hydrated. And shiny.
Because I didn’t understand what a “porcelain, dewy look was,” I consulted Google for a visual. The description above was jolted when I saw Google’s answer to my inquiry. There was a subgroup titled “Korean,” so I clicked on it.
And my suspicion was confirmed: almost all pictures in the results page were East Asian women with skin that looked like they were born in bleach.
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