David E. Fisher, MD, PhD, and his team at Massachusetts General Hospital set out to tan skin while combating the risk of cancers and aging that can result from sun exposure — and it looks as if they’re well on their way. As a follow-up to a study released in 2006, Fisher and his team just came out with findings of an ingredient that may be applied topically to darken the appearance of human skin in a way that mimics the natural tanning process. Yahoo Beauty spoke with Dr. Fisher about the reasons why these findings are so important.
Accompanying Wilhelmina Curve model Monique Robinson’s Instagram photo was a heartwarming message that read, “This is what my plus size body looks like.”
Nyakim Gatwech is a model from South Sudan living in Minnesota. Recently on Instagram, she shared a story about her dark skin. “I was [asked by] my uber driver the other day… ‘don’t take this offensive but if you were given 10 thousand dollars would you bleach your skin for that amount?’ I couldn’t even respond I started laughing so hard. Than he said so that a no and I was like hell to the f*king yeah that a no, why on earth would I ever bleach this beautiful melanin God bless with me,” she wrote.
In communities of color, there is a belief that melanin in the skin provides enough sun protection to negate the use of sunscreen. That narrative is false.
Like our hair colour or height, our eye colour is one of the first things we learn about ourselves when we’re little. The study by the University of Copenhagen found a genetic mutation which happened 6,000 to 10,000 years ago and determined the eye colour of all blued-eyed people today. Professor Hans Eiberg from the study told Science Daily that originally, everyone had brown eyes, but that a genetic mutation affecting a gene in our chromosomes “turned off” the ability to produce brown eyes.