The last thing that should frightening this Halloween is the toxicity level of any aspect of your child’s costume. But recent findings by The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics with regard to the toxins found in children’s face paints are downright chilling. 10 out of 10 of the face paint products the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics sent to independent labs for testing contained low levels of the dreaded and extremely damaging neurotoxin lead (there is no safe level of lead exposure for children), and 6 out of 10 of the face paints tested included nickel, cobalt and chromium, all of which may cause lifelong skin sensitization. Scarier still, one of the products was labeled non-toxic and hypoallergenic, but actually contained some of the highest levels of lead, nickel and cobalt. Read on for safer face paint alternatives.

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Jessa Blades, a natural makeup artist and green living expert based in New York City suggests, “Another option is to go natural. First, look up “safe” or green cosmetics on the campaign’s website. Then, consider black eye pencil for whiskers. Or mix a quarter teaspoon of the spice turmeric with unscented lotion to make war paint. For fake blood, mix corn syrup, Castile liquid soap and a dash of red food coloring.”

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics also offers DIY recipes on making face paints with natural food coloring and with foods with bases of safe, unscented lotion. And read up on 10 ways to protect your children from toxic face paint to ensure their health and well-being this Halloween and beyond.

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