First things first. I absolutely hate the word ‘fairness’. when it doesn’t refer to unbiasness. Yes, I hate this word when it tries to instill a sense of inferiority in our minds by the virtue of having been BLESSED with tan/dusky/dark skin complexions. Read about the benefits of melanin and you’ll be glad on having more of it in your skin! :)
When I say brightened skin, I refer to clean and radiant skin. It doesn’t mean WHITE SKIN. Please throw away this inferiority complex from your mind that one fine day when you will wake up with fair/pale/white skin, all the worries you have in life will be driven away, you’ll be the cynosure of everyone’s eyes and you’ll climb up the success ladder of your career. I can’t help but snigger on how can something like that ever happen? :P
It happens either in dreams (which in all probability would be really shallow dreams) or in those cringe-worthy advertisements which silently make you feel miserable about something you are born AND BLESSED with.
Anyway, coming back to the topic most of the times we aren’t able to pamper our skin with herbal ingredients and thanks to the fact that we lack the elusive quality called ‘patience’, we do not even continue with our herbal skin care regimen dedicated-ly. The result is dull, tired and undernourished skin which casts an UNNATURAL dark, uneven and patchy skin tone. That is what we should aim to get rid off and precisely, that is what we ‘can’ get rid of!
During festivals or other major events, when we are supposed to deck up and look like a million bucks, we are at our wit’s end for herbal ingredients, as we know that we haven’t been consistent with our herbal skin care routine and if we begin it now, they will take a lot of time to show results. ‘What to do now?’, wonders one inwardly with a whiff of pessimism!
Perhaps change our strategy and rely a bit on cosmetics? After all, ‘once in a while’ using cosmetics doesn’t harm but overdoing them or not following up with a healthy diet and exercise routine would spell horror.
Today, I am going to review one such bleach which a few of my relatives used during my cousin’s wedding. It is none other than Fem bleach. Again, I’d like to reiterate that I tried this bleach simply because I too, couldn’t keep up with my herbal skin care routine for quite sometime thus ended up having relatively uneven and dark (unnaturally dark which shows accumulation dirt and grime) skin. To get rid of that, I used this bleach not to whiten my skin! :)
Before I formally begin with the review, I would like to clarify one more thing. Those relatives of mine who tried this bleach, had (and still have) great skin but thanks to the wedding’s hustle and bustle, they ended up with dull and tired faces. So, it isn’t the case that their complexion was magically transformed. The point I am trying to drive home is to be realistic!
Coming to the product, it is packed in a box (carboard might be the material but it’s not the usual cardboard. This one’s very thin). Inside this, you have a plastic tub (having the cream), a spatula and another plastic tube (having the applicator powder).
It is quite a decent kit for use at home. I find it hygienic but not very travel-friendly. It’s okay in terms of packaging.
The cream is white in colour without any fragrance. The applicator powder is blue in colour and looks very eye-pleasing. Mix the powder with the cream and within a few minutes, the entire concoction will turn blue. It’ll look like blueberry ice-cream. At one point, you’ll want to lick it :P But hey, hold on Ms. Foodie. It’s meant to satiate your skin not your taste buds no matter how hard you wish for it!
Slather it on your skin. Wait for 15 minutes. Wash off with running cold water and witness squeaky clean and brightened (not whitened, I repeat) skin. My skin is dry and that of my relative’s is normal (the ones who tried it). It didn’t tingle my skin which for me was pleasantly surprising.
Moreover, it didn’t even dry out my skin. Its effect lasted for a good 3-4 hours on my skin. For one of my mausi’s skin (who happened to try it and has normal skin) it lasted for the entire wedding and as we know how long Indian weddings are, that means around 8-9 hours. I feel it’ll suit all skin types. A word of caution for sensitive skin – Please do a patch test on your wrist to determine its suitability.
In a nutshell, it is effective, non-drying, and does impart ‘temporary’ brightness. One major con is that it is laced with a number of chemicals including alcohol. So, if you’re using it once in a while, and are following up with a good skin care regimen, the harm caused, whatsoever (after all it DOES contain chemicals) would be balanced or may be even nullified.
So, use it accordingly and bask in the fun and frolic of the festivities or celebration with abandon! :)
(Have a look at this blueberry ice-cream…Err! bleach’s texture. Try not to drool over it) :P
Price : Rs 27- for 26.4 g (It comes in other bigger packs/sizes too. The one that I purchased was the smallest one.
My Rating : 3.5/5 (1.5 marks deducted since it contains TOO many chemicals)
Final word : Suitable for all skin types except sensitive in MY opinion. It may work since I believe everyone’s skin type differs. If you wish to try, you can opt for the smallest pack which is very economical. It works but not if you think that it’ll whiten you skin. Be realistic and it will not disappoint you.
That’s all folks. Pamper yourselves and let your hair down during celebrations. I’ll be back with another post soon. Till then, adios amigos :)