Halloween Makeup Kits May Contain Chemicals Toxic to Kids

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By Christine Cordova, Associate Social Editor
Updated March 2, 2017
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What’s more frightening than a scary ghost or skeleton costume? The chemicals found in most Halloween makeup kits.

That’s the key takeaway from a press conference held by US Senator Charles Schumer yesterday. Makeup palettes from major companies such as Wet N’ Wild, Fun World and Rubie’s Costume Company often contain harmful chemicals including lead, nickel, chromium and cobalt.

“These toxic ingredients can make a child sick, but they’re never listed on the package,” said Schumer.

Sen. Schumer is pushing the Food and Drug Administration to increase their regulations, requiring manufacturers to list all chemicals as ingredients on the product labels. This effort will “unmask” chemicals and help inform parents as to what they’re throwing in their shopping carts.

“Parents are totally clueless as to what they’re putting on their child’s face. If they see it on the shelf they think it’s safe, but it’s not,” he said.

Instead of store-bought products, you may want to opt for homemade face paint and hair dye this Halloween. The spinach that’s been sitting in your fridge for two weeks and those extra beets from Sunday dinner are the perfect alternative to aerosol spray dye. Fruits and vegetables can create the same effect without spending a ton of money or exposing your toddler to dangerous chemicals. Sidewalk chalk will also do the trick! A little bit of cold cream, cornflour, and food coloring go a long way when it comes to DIY face paint.

So before you cover your child’s face in yellow paint to create the cutest minion on the block, consider using DIY alternatives. And don’t forget there’s still time to find baby’s perfect costume, whether you’re looking for store-bought items or DIY inspiration, we’ve got you covered.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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