Well, I personally cannot answer why whitening products seem to be a big thing here in the Philippines as it is a case to case basis, but personally, I do use whitening products NOT because I want to have pearly white complexion, but because my skin used to be a little fair and that I started getting dark when I started traveling and enjoying the sun. Add to that... being obese cause me to have darker skin in areas I'd rather not say, so for me, the hopes of getting fair skin isn't to really become white, but to just have even skin tone.
This shows how my skin gets dark easily. I went to La Union last week and stayed there for 5 days, and even if I went out of the house for just 2 days, I came home with darker feet. I'd be the first to say that my feet right now look hideous... so no need for violent comments, hahaha.
Anyway, first quarter of the year, some bloggers hosted a Blog Giveaway with Asian Secrets products. I am not sure how many bloggers hosted it, but I remember trying my luck on three different blogs and was lucky enough to win in one. My prize? Two pieces of each Asian Secrets products.
It wasn't something new to me. Us girls shared a tub of the Asian Secrets whitening body scrub, but I couldn't vouch if it's effective or not because I didn't use it regularly. Well, when I received my 10-piece Asian Secrets pack, I told myself I'd try to use it regularly and hope that my skin lighten.
Copying what was written on the back of the tub:
"Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub is a beauty treatment which originated from the royal palaces of Java, Indonesia and inspired by a ritual called lulur. Lulur was originally intended for the bride-to-be in order to beautify, smoothen, and whiten her skin before her wedding day."
The benefits of this product:
- Lulur beads gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to smoothen and give it a radiant glow.
- Frequent uses reduces skin pigmentation and evens out skin tone by getting rid of dark patches, especially in areas prone to darkening like the elbows, knees, armpits, and between the thighs.
Currently, they have three variants: the purple tub with Licorice and Mulberry Leaf Extract - which smells a little masculine for me, kinda like the unisex cologne; the green tub with Green Tea and Vitamin E - which smells like the very first Asian Secrets scrub; and the blue tub with Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E - which for me smells the best among the three.
Well of course, I can only use one at a time, so I went for the green one. Why? No particular reason, I just reached for a tub from the package and it was the first one I got.
I started using it today, and I could say that my skin felt lighter, as if lots of dead skin cells and dust had been lifted off my skin. It also felt a little smoother, so even if the whitening effect is still not visible (of course that would take time), I am already happy with the product.
The soaps on the other hand contains Bengkoang or Yam Bean extracts, a popular ingredient in Indonesian whitening products. The green one contains Olive Oil, which acts as a moisturizer while the orange one has Betel Extract, which gives extra protection for germs that can cause body odor.
Since the scrubs can only be used 3 times a week or every other day, I also decided to use the soap, which I can use everyday. That may seem "obsessing" over whitening products, but I just want to test its full potential. I am using the green one, in case you wanna know.
I love that they printed out the date of manufacturing and its expiry date. With ten items to use it would take some time before I can use it all, so I find it great that I still have more than a year to use up all the scrubs and two more years to use up all the soaps. Well... with a very promising product, I sure would use it regularly and I might get to use it all up by the year ends.