“Growing up as a kid, I used to hate my skin as I was teased a lot because of it.”
- Kirsten Jelinek
Whitening lotion, whitening soap, whitening deodorant, and even capsules of glutathione – an antioxidant which purports to prevent skin cells from producing darkening melanin – fill the bustling shopping centres of Manila.
The Philippines beauty standard of whitening goes by many names – skin lightening, skin evening, skin-fading and even skin brightening.
Avon boutique owner Mary Anne Calimlim presents the different products around her small, yet busy store in Manila.
“The whitening products are definitely the…