The dangers of face paint: what you need to know before Halloween

When it comes to choosing safe and non-toxic makeup for your child, it can be a little daunting. With so many products on the market and different claims, it's hard to know what's best.

It's even more worrying when you realize that the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA) continues to provide the FDA with little authority regarding ensuring cosmetics safety. Looking closely at what this means for the average consumer is essential. Especially when exposing young children to potentially harmful chemicals.

The cosmetic industry is worth an estimated $71 billion, but many risks come with such a large market. Because current law is so outdated, the FDA is limited in its ability to ensure that all cosmetics are safe for use. This means that companies can produce and sell products without any accurate regulation or oversight. Scary!

What's Actually In Kids' Cosmetics and Halloween Face Paint?

Like most parents, you're probably not that keen on letting your kids eat or drink anything that isn't safe. So, when it comes to cosmetics and Halloween face paint, what's actually in them?

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund did an investigation in 2016 and found that many kids' products - including those from Disney, Lisa Frank, Claire's, Hershey's, and more - contain harmful chemicals.

Some of the chemicals they found include lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, and arsenic. Yikes!

So what can you do to protect your kids? The best thing is to avoid these brands altogether and go for something safer. There are plenty of safe options out there - like Burt's Bees or Tom's of Maine - so there's no need to risk your child's health.

It's essential to be aware of this when shopping for cosmetics, as there is no guarantee that every product on the market is safe. If you're looking for reassurance, it's best to stick to brands you trust.

Here at Puttisu, we've put together a list of our top five tips for choosing safe and kid-friendly makeup this Halloween:

  1. Look for products that are made specifically for children.

A few brands make specifically children's makeup, which is usually free from harmful chemicals and dyes. We recommend trying out brands like Puttisu; we love our stuff because this is precisely why we made our products.

It's our mission to ensure they contain nothing harmful.

  1. Avoid any makeup that contains lead or other heavy metals.

Lead and other heavy metals can be toxic and can cause long-term health problems. So, if you're unsure about a product, always check the ingredients list before buying.

  1. Steer clear of anything that contains harsh chemicals or irritants.

Products that contain harsh chemicals or irritants can cause skin problems in children. Look for makeup free from sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and other harmful substances.

  1. Avoid anything with artificial colors or fragrances.

Artificial colors and fragrances can irritate the skin and eyes, so it's best to avoid them where possible. Look for makeup that is labeled as 'natural' or 'organic.'

Another option is making your face paint using simple ingredients like food coloring, cornstarch, water, and lavender oil. This is a fun activity that kids will enjoy and is a great way to ensure they use safe cosmetics. 

  1. Read the reviews before you buy!

It's always a good idea to read the reviews before buying any product, but this is especially important regarding kids' makeup. By reading what other parents have said about a product, you can get a good idea of whether it's safe and suitable for your child.

Like anything new you buy, it's a good idea to do a skin patch test before applying it fully. 

You can patch-test children.  

Do a patch test before using a new product.

When you buy a new product, it's a good idea to do a patch test first to ensure your child doesn't have an allergic reaction. Patch tests can be done behind the knee, on the elbow, or at the back of the neck. Just put a penny-sized amount of the product onto the skin and wait 12-24 hours to see if there's a reaction. If you notice any redness, swelling, or itching, then do not continue to use the product.

Most of all, be safe and have fun. 

Happy Halloween from us all at Puttisu.

 

September 20, 2022

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