The market for skin lightening cosmetics is reported to be worth millions - and journalist Anita Rani is on a journey to find out why. Starting in her own family, with her mother’s preference for lighter skin, she explores the pressures within the Asian community that have lead to a growing number of people opting to 'lighten up'. Skin lightening cosmetics are available both legally and illegally worldwide. Many illegal creams contain banned chemicals which pose health risks and can cause irreversible damage.
Anita goes undercover to see how readily available they are and takes a hard look at the cosmetic distributors and lifestyle magazines that promote and advertise skin lightening products.... Read more.