French cosmetics giant L’Oreal will remove words such as ‘whitening’, ‘lightening’ and ‘fair’ from its skin care products amid worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.
The company – one of the world’s largest cosmetics firms – said in a statement that it ‘has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin-evening products.’
The move follows outcry over controversial skin-lightening creams and serums, which activists claim perpetuates white skin as an ideal beauty standard.
Such items are often sold with the promise that users will achieve ‘fair’ or ‘flawless’ skin with dark marks or blemishes reduced.
Hindustan Unilever – the Indian and Bangladesh unit of Anglo-Dutch firm – this week said it would remove the world ‘fair’ from use on its ‘Fair and Lovely’ beauty range to create ‘a more inclusive vision of beauty.’