Leading and pioneer whitening brand Skinwhite has not only been empowering women with their products, but has also been helping them with the support they need in order to realize a better version of themselves. In 2013, Skinwhite has launched the #BetterMe campaign, with its aim of supporting young Filipinas on the road to self-improvement. Since its initial launch, it has grown bigger and better. This year’s campaign brought together 25 handpicked Filipinas from prestigious colleges in the metro to come together as the SkinWhite Captivate Council.
The Skinwhite Captivate Council spent four months getting to know themselves and their new-found friends, growing together and growing better with every challenge sent their way. During the campaign’s culminating event held last April 25 at Romulo’s Cafe in Makati City, the Skinwhite team recognized four girls who shined the brightest by giving them the following awards: #BetterMe Award: to Merika Tan; Social Media Ambassador Award to Marie Kim Lim; Stylista Award toLouis Fernando; and the Top-Performer Award to Alec Yabut.
Since I’m probably too old to join the SkinWhite’s Captivate Council this year (athough I would love to, really. It sounds fun!), allow me to share some of the things I learned in the twenty five years of soldiering on and working towards improving myself every day. For the most part of my life, I’ve battled with low self-esteem for a number of reasons: my cheeks are too big, my face is too round, I’m too short, etc. The thing that I did right in addressing my personal issues was to focus on my strength and build that up instead of bringing myself down with aspects of myself that I cannot change (yes, like genetics). So maybe I didn’t win the genes lottery with height and metabolism, but I had other things I liked about me, like my persistence and perseverance in getting through challenges. So yeah, I’ve survived all of my worst days so far, and in hindsight, I still can’t believe how self-conscious I was before and how I even managed to get some sleep at all while thinking of how people thought about me.
For all the teens and young adults out there struggling with self-esteem issues, here are five tips I picked up from my experiences that I would like to share with you (and hopefully, you get something from it, too!):
- Focus on your strengths. Find things you like about yourself and build that up so that you can make it the source of your confidence. If you have talents, work on those and wow other people with it! We’re all different, and the Universe has all given us something to work with. so don’t let those talents and resources go to waste.
- Choose to be happy. So you’re not exactly the prettiest girl in the room. But if you were, there will always be someone else prettier, someone else smarter, and you’ll never be happy if that’s your criteria for happiness. You can choose to sulk and be sad and harbor all these negative feelings, or you can choose to be this ball of happiness that attracts people towards you. Remember: no one enjoys hanging out with a gloom cloud.
- Be kind. Nothing will make you happier and feel good inside than being the kindness that you want to see from other people. We’re all going through life’s challenges, so be kind to everyone you meet.
- Other people’s opinion of you are immaterial. They may have some things to say about your weight, your choice of clothing, or your looks, but at the end of the day, their opinion won’t pay your bills. These people who talk about you when you’re not around have nothing better to do with their lives. Imagine all the time they spend thinking about YOU. Boy, you must be special.
- Be you. Dita Von Teese once said, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” So show the world the best you. Even if you don’t make lots of friends, the ones who will stick with you are the ones who matter.
Bonus Tip: I cannot stress this enough, but always take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, and pamper yourself every so often. All the good that you’re doing for your body by living healthy is going to show on your skin and hair, and this is true for the opposite as well!
As for me, I use SkinWhite’s Power Whitening Lotion because it helps me maintain healthier-looking skin, especially since it has SPF 20 to help protect skin from UV rays and darkening. Learn more about SkinWhite from their latest commercial: