With Halloween tomorrow night, and being the procrastinator that I am, I have only just now decided Alice’s Halloween costume. You’ll have to wait and see the result, but one thing that came up over and over in my search for just the right thing were ways to use makeup on kids and babies.
For all the efforts to remove toxic chemicals from our everyday routine, I have no intention of getting lax and introducing hazards on Halloween, especially when you read things like this from Babycenter.com: “A study by The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics found that TEN OUT OF TEN tested children’s face paints had unsafe levels of lead and heavy metals.” Yeah, no thanks. The article continues by saying ““exposures early in life can lead to hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, IQ deficits, reduced school performance, aggression and delinquent behavior. It can also impact fertility, including increasing risk for miscarriage and reducing sperm quality. Early-life lead exposure can even increase risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.”
The great thing is, products like Beautycounter’s Color Pinch Cream Blusher and the Color Shade Eye Duos mixed with a little of the Baby Daily Protective Balm make great face paint, are non-toxic and after Halloween, you can enjoy them for yourself. If you’ve made the switch to safer in your own routine, the temptation to get the cheap “kids” stuff for Halloween or school plays is tempting. Remember though, every exposure add up, so every #switchtosafer matters.