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See The Deadly Effect Of Bleaching Creams


Everyone says black is beautiful, but how many people really believe this? Women want so bad to become light-skinned that they’d stop at nothing to become “yellow pawpaw” even if it’s a blemished yellow, to them, yellow na yellow. And not only women are found in this act, even men are involved.

Some will read this and be offended but we wouldn’t see this and let it go so we don’t offend people, you can choose to learn a thing or two from this instead of being upset.

Over 50% of the Nigerian population are bleaching, and unknown to many, most of these bleaching creams are made from deadly agents like hydroquinone and mercury prolong use of which has been associated with poisoning, convulsions, asthma, leukaemia, liver damage, anaphylactic shock and infertility.

 

I was on my way to the market one hot afternoon, as I was walking under the scalding sun, I felt I was going to shrink if I spend more than 10 minutes walking under that sun, I lifted up my head and I saw that woman. She was cooking and getting burnt in the hot sun, her face was pink, the back of her neck was red and she was very uncomfortable.


I immediately pitied her, if I could be feeling so much heat, how much more her? Whose outer protective layer has been stripped off and it occurred to me that many people are like her, the difference is some are worse than others.

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burnt brunch

When you bleach you might like the outcome at first, but then green your veins on your body will become visible, you’d look white and then when Nigeria sun beat down on you, you’ll become what you see above. Also, any slight accident to your skin will look worse than it really should and your legs may swell up like this;

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(nairaland)

 

The question then is, why mix different products that probably don’t interact well together just so you could be light-skinned? Black skin rapidly produces new cells which allow us to keep looking younger for longer but when this outer skin is damaged, it produces an excess of melanin in the area.

 

These bleaching cream doesn’t actually make you light-skinned like that, it just makes you black and yellow, then you begin to turn grey later. If you need a conviction, this is it;

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bleaching can lead to skin cancer (yeyeolade)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has received a directive from the European Commission, banning the use of hydroquinone as a skin lightener. The draft of the directive clearly states that

“Harmful secondary effects have been shown to arise following prolonged use of hydroquinone as a skin-lightening cream. This particular use of hydroquinone must not therefore be authorised.” Does this tell you anything?

The question is why do people bleach? Maybe, if we understand why, we can be able to find a lasting solution.

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How To Settle Into Work After Taking A Baby Break


Caring for your baby can be very demanding and in itself is a full-time job.

When you eventually decide to return to work or your maternity ends, you have to consider many things and prepare emotionally and mentally for the transition. Returning to work requires a lot of support and help in order to ensure little or no stress in settling into work.

As you plan your return, you need to consider the following;


Take things easy

Your transition from home to work may not go as smooth as you think. There may be some hiccups on your part or the baby. It is a period of adjustment for everyone so prepare your mind. Many things will change in so many ways but stay calm you will push through gradually. For example, your baby may find it difficult adjusting to his crèche environment, you may find it challenging to pump at work.

Decide on the type of caregiving you want for your baby

These days it is difficult to get good caregivers, some mothers choose to have a nanny at home overtaking their baby to a crèche while others may take on the support of relatives and in-laws. Making this decision should come months or at least a week before resumption so you can test the decision and see if it suits you and your baby.

Make major changes one at a time

If possible, it would be the better for you if you do not make any major changes at the same time. For example moving to a new house when you just resumed work or choosing to wean your baby a few days to work start, as this would heighten the already stressful situation.

Try making lists to increase productivity

Now that you no longer have extra time for yourself. As a mum, you have a lot of things going through your mind, you definitely want to be on your toes and do not want to create the impression that you cannot do your job as good as before. Therefore, to up your productivity and keep your mind on track, you need to draw up the different list- daily to-do list for work and home, food timetable, chore plan and feeding/ pumping schedule.

For example, you can write down notes about what you need to take to work on your phone, leave reminder note for baby’s caregiver, use sticky notes on your computer to monitor the job you have done, save food item list in your emails for constant consultations on the go.

 Have spare pumping equipment

If you intend to keep feeding your baby breast milk and your organisation is baby friendly then you can plan to pump at work. Sometimes things do not go as planned and you need to pump ahead for your baby. To avoid desperation and sadness over missing parts of pumping equipment, you need back up, a spare that you can fall back on.

Get updates

You need to keep in touch with your child’s care provider to know how he is doing. Knowing that your child is okay gives you the inner strength to face your work squarely without any distractions.

Take some time off for your baby 

It may be difficult to get sometimes off especially when you just resumed work. If you can get a flexible time off to spend with your baby weekly or if you can’t get that you can maximize your weekends.

 

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