Skin Colour and Beauty
Yetunde Olumide's editorial on the use of skin lightening creams highlights their widespread use, and calls for a change in perceptions about beauty. Unfortunately, worrying perceptions about desirable skin colours are pervasive worldwide. In the UK, the ongoing use of sunbeds continues to place users at risk of skin malignancies. The use of fake tanning creams is also widespread and, whilst not harmful to health, reflects an attitude that some skin colours are more attractive than others. It is essential that attitudes are changed worldwide to erradicate the use of skin lightening creams and sunbeds, and to accept that all skin colours are equally attractive.
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