Have you ever wondered if it is possible to change one’s skin color?
In the Preface of her book, UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color, Vietnamese born Thiênna Ho, Ph.D asserts that she always was envious of her mother and siblings who were blessed with having been born with light complexions. Thiênna goes on to state that her complexion caused her a great deal of distress and as a result she was motivated to find out if it is possible to control one’s skin color.
Unfortunately, when she was studying microbiology at San Francisco State University as an undergraduate student and genetic engineering as a graduate student, she was saddened to discover that scientific research had not reached the stage that would help her unlock the mystery of changing one’s skin color. Consequently, Thiênna affirms, “if I wanted to have a beautiful fair skin, I would have to unlock the mystery myself!”
The findings presented in UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color are the results of Thiênna's extensive research in the fields of biology, chemistry, genetics and nutrition as well as her own personal observations and experiences.
UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color is divided into nine chapters wherein Thiênna explores how changes in human skin color are the result from changes in environment, diet, behavior, health, and emotional and psychological factors as stress. She further delves into such topics as the mysterious variety of human skin color, the history of skin color of our ancestors, melanin, the mysterious, molecule of skin color, the importance of sulfur and how are bodies uses sulfur, how environment affects skin color, the importance of crafting a lifestyle and diet and how it affects our skin color, what you should know about vitamins and minerals and their effect on skin color, why we should not touch photosensitizing foods and drugs, tannin and the problem with ultraviolet radiation, and finally the benefits of massage as a stress reducer and its relationship to skin color.
Thiênna contends that genetic heritage is not the all-important determinant of skin color. As she exemplifies, some dark-skinned population groups as the Lemba have for the most part European ancestry and the Papua New Guineans have mostly Asian ancestry. Moreover, Thiênna states that solar radiation does not have as important an influence on the skin color of population groups as previously believed. As Thiênna illustrates, if we refer to some brown- skinned groups as the Eskimo or Sami peoples, we notice that they have lived in the sunlight-deprived polar region for thousands of years, yet their skins are not exactly light.
According to Thiênna, one of the most important factors in the determination of skin color and one that is grossly overlooked is the amount of sulfur in your skin. As she points out: “When skin of any color has less sulfur available for its use, it develops a darker shade. When skin of any color has plentiful supplies of sulfur available for it use, it develops a lighter shade.”Accordingly, Thiênna ardently believes that by changing the amount of sulfur in the pigment- producing layer of your skin, you can change your skin color. And in a nutshell this is the basis of UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color.
Essentially, UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color provides a road map showing how to enrich one’s diet with sulfur-rich foods and how to adopt behavior patterns that will maintain high sulfur levels in order to lighten one’s skin.
Thiênna asserts that after two years of practicing her method, which she calls her Natural Fairskin™ Method, her total body complexion lightened from a dark olive to a light olive. Her initial changes to her diet and behavior had not only evened her complexion tone throughout her body, but also naturally lightened her body including her nipples.
It should be mentioned, as indicated in the concluding chapter Lessons Learned, that the book is intended for people who want healthier complexions and not solely for those who want lighter and brighter complexions: “It is a ‘self-detective guide’ that you can use to track down ways to undo the skin problems that concern you-in your own home without every using any drugs, toxic chemicals, or steroids.”
In addition to its abundance of information, UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color also contains several interesting appendixes dealing with such topics as Van Luschan’s Skin Color Scale, skin colors compared by countries, skin reflectance measurements, distribution of minerals, nitrates, and sulphates in volcanic ash, some chemical compounds released by three volcanoes, carotenoids in common foods, and common foods containing cyanogenic glycosides.
Although there are quite a few endnotes, it would have been helpful if there were references to additional reading resources as well as a bibliography, an index and suggested websites and additional reading resources.
Nonetheless, UnlockingThe Mystery of Skin Color is a fascinating and accessible insight into the factors influencing skin color and should be of interest to anyone who wishes to know more about the possibility of changing its color without the use of toxic or botanically based chemicals, drugs or steroids.
The above review was contributed by: The Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com, Norm Goldman, B.A. LL.L, Retired Title Attorney: Norm is also a travel writer and together with his artist wife, Lily, the couple meld Norm's words with Lily's art. To check out their travel site click on Sketchandtravel.comClick here to view Norm’s Reviews & Interviews.
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