Now the problem here didn’t lie in the fact that I was tanner. I honestly prefer sun-kissed skin over one that glows as white and bright as my computer screen, but the tan lines really had to go. If they didn’t make me look like I was wearing one of those annoying shirts with curved sleeves that made your arms look five hundred times wider, maybe they could’ve stayed, but that’s exactly what they did, and so I had to get rid of them.
Previously, I had written about Olay’s Natural White Bar with Papaya Extract. I was pleased with the short-term results I witnessed in the four weeks I had used it, but now, let me tell you about the Natural White Bar with Vitamin C and why it was just what I needed to even out my skin tone.
Aside from the obvious whitening effect, here is a fun fact about Vitamin C that I found while researching: “The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.”
If that doesn’t tell you why the Natural White Bar with Vitamin C is just what I needed, then let me continue my rambling: Most of the time I spent under the sun was way past the suggested time one should get a healthy dose of Vitamin D of (which is 6-9 am). The worst time, as I’d been told, is around noon up until 2 pm or so, which was—surprise, surprise—around the same time we were going around Bali, exploring temples and such.
At that time, I wasn’t too concerned. I was too engrossed in a culture other than mine to be bothered, but past me’s future me (who is now current me’s past me as of this writing) would later regret that.
Here are a few things I should’ve done during my trip to Bali—extra precautions I should’ve taken, if you will:
- Used more sun screen. (No, past me, I don’t care if you think it feels icky. Use it.)
- Used lotion, an act of which I will now refer to as ‘moisturizing.’ (I don’t care if you’re lazy. Use it.)
- Used more sun screen. Like, SPF 1,000,000. (Seriously.)
- *inhales deeply* MOISTURIZE!!!!!!!!!!
Side note: I hate the word moist.
By the time the trip was drawing to a close, my skin was drier than a raisin. I was going to be the next face of Sun-Maid raisins. You could scratch a class lecture on my legs and it would look like you used a piece of chalk. I can go on and on and on, but my point is: like the laundry, I was put under the sun and dried out.
Haha, I lied, I so wasn’t finished yet.
But anyway, it wasn’t exactly the best state to be in. I’m not particular about any of those things, but even I knew it wasn’t healthy anymore. So as soon as I got back, I finally gave the Vitamin C bar a chance and found myself just as pleased as I was with Olay’s products the first time.
The bar, in and of itself, smells fresh. It’s not overpowering, in a sense that it keeps you smelling good and lingers on your skin for hours—but mildly so. And like the papaya extract bar, it lathers really well and washes off easily (and TMI, but the easily-amused Nina gets really excited about this fact because it feels really good on the skin).
All throughout writing this blog post, I’ve been rubbing my calf because it’s gotten so soft since I started using it. It’s also been restored back to its healthy, non-raisin looking self, and my skin tone is slowly evening out one day at a time. Like I stated in my previous blog post, I don’t—nor should anybody—expect instant results from using a whitening product. If you want to see actual obvious effects, you’re going to have to commit yourself to the specific brand and use it for the long run. However, if you’re like me and get a kick out of good-smelling soap that makes your skin smooth and soft and healthy, then I highly recommend you try the Olay Natural White Bar with Vitamin C. It’ll take perhaps a few more months for my skin to even out the way I want it to, and a little longer to start whiten if I wanted it to, but as of now, I’m contented with the short-term results and will definitely be putting this product into my beauty essentials list.
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