Tesco launches new range of plasters that come in three skin tones

Tesco developed the plasters after a member of staff spotted a viral tweet by a man who used a plaster that matched his skin tone for the first time.

Tesco has launched a new range of plasters which come in three skin tones in an attempt to better represent diversity.

The plasters come in light, medium and dark skin tones and the supermarket claims its the first in the UK to offer the diverse range.

The new range is available in Tesco stores nationwide from today (February 24) and costs just £1 a pack.

Tesco developed the plasters after a member of staff spotted a viral tweet by an American man, who detailed the first time he used a plaster that matched his skin tone, and brought it to the attention of the supermarket.

Dominique Apollon tweeted the picture in 2019, writing: “It’s taken me 45 trips around the sun, but for the first time in my life I know what it feels like to have a “band-aid” in my own skin tone. You can barely even spot it in the first image. For real I’m holding back tears.

“Not like I didn’t know these strips existed. But I definitely didn’t expect the complex emotions that would swirl as I watched it just … blend in. A seemingly trivial exercise I’ve repeated 1000x on my body with “regular” ones since childhood. Self-administered #antiblackness

“This felt like belonging. Like feeling valued. Sadness for my younger self and millions of kids of color, esp black kids. Like a reminder of countless spaces where my skin is still not welcomed. Feared. Hated. Like, ‘Why am I really thinking all this ’bout an effing band-aid?'”

Nicola Robinson, Tesco’s health, beauty and wellness director, said: “As one of the largest retailers in the UK, we understand that we have a responsibility to ensure our products reflect the diversity of our customers and colleagues.

“We believe the launch of our new skin tone plaster range is an important step and a move that we hope will be replicated by other retailers and supermarkets across the country.”

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