Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Pretty Scary: Heavy Metals in Face Paints

Posted by Trish Riley, October 30, 2009

A new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Pretty Scary,” reveals that some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis. Click here to download the report.Creepier yet, these metals were not listed on the products’ ingredient labels. Some products even bore misleading claims like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA compliant”, making it tough for parents to find safe face paints.While this is particularly concerning for parents at this time of year, these products are used year-round at festivals and during dress-up. What’s more, everyday cosmetics suffer from the same lack of safety standards in the U.S.

via Campaign for Safe Cosmetics : Pretty Scary: Heavy Metals in Face Paints.

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