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My wife started putting Tawas powder on her face a few weeks ago, and now she has a ghostly pallor, which I'm not sure I like very well. Before she had medium complexion face, but now her skin has a strange porcelain translucent quality that doesn't seem natural.

My wife and her sister picked this stuff up at one of the smaller malls in our area, and I'm wondering how safe it is? Also, how exactly does this stuff change a person's skin tone? I remember reading that in the years following WWII, that many Japanese geisha died of skin cancer, due to the fact that they could no longer get their traditional type of face makeup, and many of them tried to tried to create their own make up with whatever they could find lying around. How safe is it to put this type of material on your face? I wish she wouldn't do it.

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Google says that "Tawas is the tagalog term for alum, a chemically hydrated aluminum potassium sulfate that possesses a specific crystal shape. Tawas or alum (common English name) has a chemical formula KAl(SO4)2·12H2O. It is non-toxic, has somewhat a sweet acidic taste that dissolves easily in water and reacts with acid. There are several types of tawas in the market like potassium alum, soda alum, ammonium alum and aluminum alum, but the more common is the potassium alum that most can buy in botika or health stores and from street vendors near churches in the Philippines.

Tawas or alum has varieties of uses. Tawas has industrial, cosmetic, culinary applications as well as some medicinal and health benefits."
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actually, from what I know, there are two tawas.

One you can get in Watsons, in Philippines, which is made in Thailand, and is natural mineral content !! Or so it says, i.e. powderised natural Tawas ..

the other one, when you stroll down Session Road in Baguio (don't know about other cities ), you see the old women selling herbal stuff like Mahagony Seeds and the likes ? they have the original TAWAS, i.e a rock, that has anti perspiration qualities ! Never tried it, but just bought it a few times ..

I always get asked to get Tawas from Baguio, by Filipino friends here in SG

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I don’t know what it is about people trying to change the colour of their skin but it seems to be a world-wide phenomenon. When I was in the Middle East, many Arab women were keen to buy products that whitened their skin. In the UK it’s the other way round with many women painting themselves an unbelievable orange colour (I think it may have something to do with trying to emulate a sun tan). Many of these women say that they’re doing it because men like to see them that way and yet, there’s a series on UK TV that completely contradicts this view. The series shows the same woman with and without this strange orange colour (as well as other forms of dress and make-up). A poll is then taken asking their boyfriend and other men which version of the women they prefer. In every single case, the men say that they like to see their girlfriend with a small amount of make-up and believe that it enhances their looks. Absolutely none of them wanted to see their girlfriend glowing orange in the dark. I expect some members may respond saying something along the lines that it’s ‘a woman’s choice’, / ‘we’ll do what we want’. Yes ladies, it is your choice and everyone (I hope) respects your right to put on whatever make-up you decide. Just don’t say that you’re doing it for us guys because the majority of us love you the way you are, irrelevant of the colour of your skin
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Yes it's odd seeing a lovely honey coloured girl walking around the mall with a Panda face.
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Tawas is mainly used as an underarm deodorant and it's extremely effective, I used it for a year, had no idea that was the white stuff Asian girls stick on their face.

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Tawas is an under arm perspirant, not for face

As for fair skin, no comments

Ever see any darker skin starlet on TV?

It is rare

So is the obsession with anything fair

Likewise only a minority of politicians too are not fair skin
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I don’t know what it is about people trying to change the colour of their skin but it seems to be a world-wide phenomenon. When I was in the Middle East, many Arab women were keen to buy products that whitened their skin. In the UK it’s the other way round with many women painting themselves an unbelievable orange colour (I think it may have something to do with trying to emulate a sun tan). Many of these women say that they’re doing it because men like to see them that way and yet, there’s a series on UK TV that completely contradicts this view. The series shows the same woman with and without this strange orange colour (as well as other forms of dress and make-up). A poll is then taken asking their boyfriend and other men which version of the women they prefer. In every single case, the men say that they like to see their girlfriend with a small amount of make-up and believe that it enhances their looks. Absolutely none of them wanted to see their girlfriend glowing orange in the dark. I expect some members may respond saying something along the lines that it’s ‘a woman’s choice’, / ‘we’ll do what we want’. Yes ladies, it is your choice and everyone (I hope) respects your right to put on whatever make-up you decide. Just don’t say that you’re doing it for us guys because the majority of us love you the way you are, irrelevant of the colour of your skin
It's like women in Korea getting eye surgery for rounder eye openings and getting rid of one of their most attractive features. This was the rage when we lived there.
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It's like women in Korea getting eye surgery for rounder eye openings and getting rid of one of their most attractive features. This was the rage when we lived there.
And having the bridge of your nose filled like the actors and actresses in the Philippines

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It's hard to imagine that a product capable of changing your skin tone so severely, isn't also having simultaneous effects elsewhere inside the body? I don't know if this stuff is actually Tawas powder, or something else? It comes in a small black plastic container with the word "Tawas" on it, but no other information is found anywhere on the container. I guess what bothers me is the fact that it really doesn't seem to so much lighten the skin, as it seems to make it appear to have somewhat of transparent like quality. I told my wife that she probably shouldn't put this stuff on her skin, but of course she doesn't listen.

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