Last Halloween, the Environmental Working Group reported on a study of face paints completed by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The results of the tests were shocking: 10 out of 10 children's face paints contained lead; 6 out of 10 contained skin allergens nickel, cobalt and/or chromium; and "hypoallergenic" and "non-toxic" paints contained some of the highest levels of lead. Nonchalant Mom has brought this report to our attention this year, with some savvy tips for avoiding the chemicals in commercial Halloween make-up.
The EWG suggests choosing costumes that don't require face paint or masks, since even masks can contain toxic chemicals and hinder breathing. But, if your child absolutely has to have a Darth Maul face, Nonchalant Mom has some resources for you. Click on over to her site to learn about a truly non-toxic make-up and recipes for making your own.
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