Be spooked by lil ghosts and goblins on Halloween night, not the ingredients used to create their costumes. All Hallows' Eve can be scary for a mama who reads the list of substances used to make face paint, nail polish, and hair spray. Most commercially sold products have been found to contain lead, which can impair brain development, as well as nickel, cobalt, and chromium, which can cause skin rashes and sensitization — despite advertising hypoallergenic ingredients.
While avoiding makeup all together is the best bet for keeping tots safe, here are a few other actions moms can take to keep lil ones looking like their favorite characters without exposing them to added toxins:
- Make your own Halloween makeup with all-natural ingredients. We've found recipes for realistic looking goop (wounds, warts, etc.), face paint, fake blood, and fairy glitter.
- Create your own hair spray to achieve nontoxic spikes, Mohawks, and curls.
- Polish off lil looks with nontoxic nail polishes like Hopscotch Kids, Suncoast, or Piggy Paint.
- Seek out non-Halloween organic makeup, such as Luna Organics Pixi Kit to achieve kids' desired looks.
- Trade in mama's red lipstick for a tinted beeswax balm that is safer to lil ones who tend to ingest it.