Glorious Melanin

Melanin truly is a wonderful gift from God. Not only is it beautiful to look at but it also has important health benefits. Melanin protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun's rays and it can also help to prevent skin cancer. The sun is the number one cause of wrinkles which is why darker people tend to have less wrinkles than their lighter skinned counterparts. Many highly melanated individuals love their skin but sometimes it's hard to embrace your beauty when society is constantly telling you that it's not good enough. The movie and television industry rarely portray darker women as the love interest in movies, dramas and sitcoms so it's not surprising that some little girls grow up thinking that darker skin is undesirable.

About 16 years ago I went to Cyprus and spent two weeks basking in the sun's rays. When I returned to the UK one of my male cousins told me that my darker skin didn't look good. I hadn't asked for his unwelcomed opinion but I was self assured so I didn't let what he said get to me. I liked my dark skin and that's all that mattered to me. My cousin's comment was like water off of a duck's back. Sadly, some deeply melanated people let the opinions of naysayers shape the way that they view themselves. 

"I am dark, but lovely" The Song of Solomon 1:5

In the above quote King Solomon's love is the epitome of self acceptance as she confidently states that she is 'lovely'. She is basically saying that her darker skin doesn't take away from her beauty. This is the type of self-confidence we need to instill in little dark skinned girls so they can grow up loving the way they were created.