Pretty Scary 2: Unmasking Toxic Chemicals in Kids’ Makeup and Face Paint


A new report released by the Breast Cancer Fund’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (2016, October 13), uncovers the widespread presence of toxic chemicals in kids’ cosmetics and face paints. The Breast Cancer Fund sent 48 Halloween face paints to an independent laboratory to have them tested for heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and mercury. Almost half of these – 21 different items – had trace amounts of at least one heavy metal. The presence of toxic chemicals in products marketed to children is of serious concern because kids are especially vulnerable to the effects of toxicants during critical stages of development. Protecting your children’s health and well-being may require careful inspection of the face paints sold in your local stores and at large retailers because they may not be as safe as you think.

Read the report here.


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