Halloween face paint
As Halloween draws near, kids across the country are painting their faces with butterflies, fairies, lions, superheroes, and of course, scary zombies. Since face paints do not require FDA approval, many of the ingredients commonly found in cosmetics are even worse than the costumes themselves.
A Safe Makeup Campaign report, which tested 10 popular brands of face paint, found traces of heavy metals like lead, nickel, and chromium at alarmingly high levels. But this is not the end. Facial paints can also contain a number of anxiety-relieving additives that are associated with long-term adverse health effects, such as cancer, birth defects, hormonal imbalances, or learning disabilities.
Children who sell these products are especially vulnerable to toxins due to their developing bodies and sensitive skin. In addition, paints are usually applied near areas such as the eyes and mouth, where they can be easily swallowed and absorbed.
Toxins to avoid paint
The following toxins or ingredients have been found in store-bought face masks and should always be avoided.
Lead: Yes, an extremely toxic neurotoxin associated with lower IQ, learning, and behavioral problems is commonly found in face paint. Some face paints contain a shocking amount of lead: 15,200 ppm. No amount of lead is considered safe for the baby.
Cadmium: A hormone disruptor associated with breast, kidney, lung, and prostate cancers has been found in over 30% of complexions tested.
Chromium: A heavy metal and a known skin allergen that is widely banned for use in cosmetics, but still found in face paints.
Fragrance: Often in dozens of undisclosed chemicals, “fragrance” usually contains phthalates, which are hormone disruptors, among other potentially hazardous chemicals.
Parabens: These are preservatives that are often added to face paints and cosmetics. They are also endocrine disruptors and have been found in breast cancer tissue.
Barium: Rat poison has been found at levels 40 times the safety limit for children. When barium is ingested, it causes severe stomach pain.
Talc: can be contaminated with asbestos and is then considered carcinogenic. Talc has also been linked to mesothelioma, inflammation, and ovarian cancer and is found in face paints.
The good news for parents is that this Halloween (and the rest of the year), these scary ingredients are pretty easy to protect against your child’s sensitive skin.
TIPS FOR NON-TOXIC HALLOWEEN
Look for shades that come from natural sources like organic beets, purple carrots, turmeric, red cabbage, and calendula
Don’t rely on labels that claim ink is “safe,” “non-toxic,” “hypoallergenic,” or “dermatologically tested,” these labels are unregulated and are often the cause of “greenwashing”.
Avoid foods with added artificial flavors (eg, “fruity smell”)
Try using a hat or mask instead, or better yet, make your own using natural dyes. See our Halloween store for ideas.
Need to remove natural face paint? Try organic coconut oil!
Non-toxic face paints
Natural Earth Face Paint: Made with over 70 percent organic ingredients, similar to body paints that were used thousands of years ago. These paints are safe – with ingredients like organic shea butter and castor oil.
Natural Earth Face Paint – Mini: An easy-to-carry face and body paint kit containing four paint cans and one bamboo applicator.