China News Service, Beijing, July 7th:

The two associations issued a reminder to pay attention to these issues when buying children's cosmetics

  Xie Yiguan, a reporter from China-Singapore Finance and Economics

  "Mom, look at how beautiful I am wearing this lipstick." "Mom, I want to wear that nail polish."

  When I was a child, I secretly wore my mother's high heels and used my mother's lipstick. When I was found out, I was scolded... But when the post-80s and 90s became a new generation of parents, they began to buy cosmetics for their children.

  But is the children's cosmetics you buy for your children really safe?

A wide variety of children's cosmetics on the market

  Children's cosmetics refer to cosmetics that are suitable for children under the age of 12 (including 12 years old) and have the functions of cleaning, moisturizing, refreshing and sun protection.

For products marked with words such as "applicable to all people" and "for the whole family", or using trademarks, patterns, homophonics, letters, pinyin, numbers, symbols, packaging forms, etc. to imply that the product users include children, they are also managed as children's cosmetics.

  There are many kinds of children's cosmetics on the market today.

Zhongxin Finance reporters have searched on many e-commerce platforms and found that there are many kinds of children's makeup sets, including lip gloss, lipstick, blush, nail polish, eye shadow, glitter, contour cream, powder cake, powder puff, makeup brush, etc.

  Most of its packaging is gorgeous and cute. On the product introduction page, it will be labeled as "healthy", "non-toxic", "water-soluble formula", "natural ingredients", "mild and non-irritating", "preservative-free", etc., and some will also note. Ming food grade environmental protection children's make-up.

In terms of price, it can range from a dozen yuan to a few hundred yuan, and the sales volume is also very impressive.

  Parents buy cosmetic kits for their children because of the promotion of health and safety and relatively low prices, but are there really no risks in using these products?

No "food grade" cosmetic products exist

  In this regard, the consumer reminder issued by the China Consumers Association and the China Health Care Association Cosmetics Development Working Committee stated that there is no "food-grade" cosmetics, and there is a safety risk when ingesting cosmetics by mistake.

  The two associations said that recently, some businesses used certain raw materials that can be used to produce "food" in the production of cosmetics, and took the opportunity to call such cosmetics "food-grade" cosmetics, implying that parents make such cosmetics safer for children to use .

  In fact, cosmetics and food are two different categories of products. According to different regulations, different product standards, raw material requirements, production conditions, etc. are applied. There is no so-called "food-grade" cosmetics.

To evaluate the safety of cosmetics, it is necessary to evaluate the safety of their raw materials, as well as product formulations, production processes, usage methods, storage conditions, etc.

  The second paragraph of Article 13 of the "Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Children's Cosmetics" also clearly stipulates that "the labels of children's cosmetics shall not be marked with words such as 'food grade' and 'edible' or food-related patterns."

Do not use make-up toys as children's cosmetics

  The reporter once noticed that many of the stores with the highest sales of children's makeup sets on the e-commerce platform are displayed as toy flagship stores.

Some stores provided test reports, 3C certificates, and color cosmetics inspection reports, and some claimed to meet the requirements of the "Cosmetic Hygiene Standard", but some stores only said that the total number of colonies met the hygiene standards, and did not provide other quality inspection certificates.

  Even if the store has posted the test report, but if it is carefully identified, it will be found that the name of the sample submitted by some merchants is a dress-up toy, not a cosmetic, or it is only displayed as a cosmetic when it is submitted for inspection and filing, without adding "children", etc. words.

  "Children's make-up products follow the quality inspection standards of toys, which will prevent the safety of the products from being fully and effectively guaranteed." Liu Junhai, a professor at the Law School of Renmin University of China, said earlier.

  To this end, the consumer reminders issued by the two associations also proposed that children's cosmetics should be strictly distinguished from toys, and make-up toys should not be used as children's cosmetics.

  In his view, children's cosmetics and toys are two different categories of products, which are managed according to different laws and regulations, and their management measures and requirements are also different.

At present, some products such as "children's dressing table" or "baby dressing table", including eye shadow, blush, lipstick, nail polish, etc., are very popular in the market.

In fact, many of these products are "color cosmetics toys" produced by toy manufacturers and only used for dolls and other decorations. They are only produced and inspected in accordance with the production standards and quality inspection standards of toys, and have not completed the products in the drug regulatory department according to law. The registration or filing is not managed as children's cosmetics.

  The two associations believe that products such as "lipstick toys" and "blush toys" produced in accordance with general toy product standards may contain substances that are not suitable for use as cosmetic raw materials, such as colorants with relatively high safety risks. May irritate children's skin.

In addition, this kind of "makeup toys" may also have the problem of excessive heavy metals, such as excessive lead, which can damage multiple systems of the body after being absorbed, and affect the intellectual development of children.

  In addition, the two associations also remind parents to pay attention to the efficacy category when purchasing children's cosmetics. Infants under the age of 3 should not use "color makeup"; when purchasing children's cosmetics, they should choose qualified and regular merchants, carefully read the labels and verify the product information, and recognize Quasi "Little Golden Shield" logo.

It should be noted that "Little Golden Shield" only indicates that this product is a children's cosmetics, and does not mean that the product has been approved by the regulatory authorities or certified for quality and safety.

  At the same time, parents should actively monitor their children's use of children's cosmetics, and stop using them immediately if they feel uncomfortable.

It should be ensured that children use children's cosmetics in the way indicated on the label or instruction manual under the supervision of their parents.

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