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The California bill targets “Sephora Kids” with a skin care ban for children under 13

THAT WHAT? California is currently considering a new bill, AB 2491, that would ban the sale of certain anti-aging skin care products to children under 13. The bill, introduced by Rep. Alex Lee, aims to protect young children from potential harm associated with these products.

THE DETAILS California bill AB 2491, sponsored by Rep. Alex Lee, has passed the Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and is now scheduled for a vote in the budget process. The bill targets over-the-counter cosmetic products advertised as anti-aging products that contain vitamin A derivatives or alpha-hydroxy acids and aims to prevent their sale to children under 13. During the April 23 hearing, a 10-year-old testified about side effects from using such products, underscoring the need for regulation. The Personal Care Products Council argues that the bill would be difficult to enforce and would overly regulate essential skin care products like sunscreen and moisturizers.

THAT WHY? The bill responds to the growing trend of young children becoming deeply involved in skin care routines influenced by social media. Amid concerns about potential skin damage and long-term health effects, the legislation aims to ensure children use age-appropriate products. Rep. Lee emphasized the bill's role in preventing unnecessary skin problems in children and adolescents and advocated for more informed and safer skin care practices.

Anna Harden

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