The world’s biggest cosmetics company L’Oreal has decided to remove words referencing white, fair and light from their skin products. Their decision comes a day after Unilever made a similar announcement. They are renaming some of their products following protests worldwide against racism.
L’Oreal and Unilever are two of the biggest players for skin whitening creams in the world, and their products are used in many Asian, African and Caribbean countries where fair skin is often considered desirable.
Recently, Unilever faced protests for its Fair and Lovely brand at a time when people around the world are focusing on removing racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in the US in May.
Johnson & Johnson also announced that it would stop selling skin-whitening creams in Asia and the Middle Eastern countries under its Neutrogena and Clean & Clear brand.