By now, most parents know that they have to be diligent about ensuring the safety of the Halloween treats their kids eat. From reading labels to checking the wrappers, taking a few extra steps can help avoid some potentially dangerous situations. But what many parents don't know is that paying attention to what you put on your child's face is just as important as what they put in their bellies. If you plan on painting your child's face this year, you need to know some of the non-toxic Halloween face paint options for kids that will help keep them safe.
You may think that wearing face paint is safer than wearing a mask while trick or treating, but there's more to the story. A report published by the Breast Cancer Fund tested nearly 50 Halloween face paints marketed to children. The study found that roughly half of the products contained at least a small amount of the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead or mercury, with some products containing as many as four of them. Exposure to these metals has been linked to developmental delays, hormonal imbalances, and even cancer. It is not known exactly how much exposure a child needs to have to these chemicals to see these harmful effects, but as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned, there is no safe blood level of lead.
So when you're shopping for your kids' face paint, it is important to read the labels carefully to check for dangerous ingredients. We've rounded up a few brands that are safe to use on children. If you are concerned about the safety of face paint you already own, be sure to check the labels for benzophenones, BHT, ethoxylated ingredients, formaldehyde, fragrance, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, silica, styrene compounds, and talc, as Woman's Day suggested.
1. Mommy's Choice
Mommy's Choice Face Paint Kit ($15, Amazon) is a non-toxic face painting kit that is safe enough for your tiny trick or treaters. The set comes with brushes, sponges, and 30 stencils to help you create the look you want. And when all of the Halloween fun is over, the paint is easily removable with soap and water.
2. Love Arts Crafts Face Paint Crayons
3. Crazy Paintz Face & Body Paint
4. Ruby Red Face & Body Paint
5. DIY Face Paint
If you don't want to take your chances with products in the stores, you can make your own face paint with ingredients in your cupboards. This video from Southern Living gives you all of the steps.
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