In the past few years a business has sprung up where they spray a chemical that will cause the skin to darken and look like your tan. You can buy it and do it yourself at home or go and pay someone use an airbrush and spray it on for you. This business came about with all the fear of Sun rays and cancer and/or dry skin.
Now, here in the Philippines it is completely reversed. Here Filipinos find beauty in white skin. I have heard them mention or point to foreign woman and say they are beautiful. When you ask why, because some are not attractive to me at all, they reply it is because of the white skin. Here, white skin is a sign of beauty.
My nephew has told me he is attracted to females with light skin. There are some Koreans here and some have very pale milky skin and to me some look sickly.
Because of this, there are is a big business here selling skin whitening products and spas offering skin whitening services. There are soaps and lotions to lighten the skin.
As your out on the street, you see many ladies and some men walking with umbrellas or holding newspapers or even packages up to keep the sun off of them. Unfortunately many of these products can cause allergies, skin rashes and/or dry and flaky skin.
To many Americans and Europeans the darker skinned Asian look of Filipinas is what attracted us and then we have the Filipinas trying their best to look lighter like a Caucasian.
As the old saying, “the grass is not always greener on the other side” can maybe paraphrased “The skin is not always whiter on the beauty side.”