Pretty Scary: What’s Hiding Inside Your Kid’s Halloween Makeup?

Our partners at the Breast Cancer Fund's Campaign for Safe Cosmetics have just released a report revealing the widespread presence of toxic chemicals in children's shampoos, lip balms, makeup, nail products and face paints. Especially concerning at this time of year, the laboratory testing unmasked lead, a neurotoxicant, and cadmium, a hormone disruptor, in face paints.

The presence of toxic chemicals in children's products is of serious concern because kids are especially vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemical exposures during critical windows of development.

Read the full report here.

Here's what the report suggests you do to keep your little ones safe:

  • Stay away from face paints all year round, including during the Halloween season. There are lots of alternatives for dress up that don’t contain lead or cadmium.
  • Audit all the children's cosmetic and personal care products in your home. Read the labels. If there are ingredients that you find concerning, don’t use them.
  • Let your kids be kids a little longer and try to delay the use of children’s cosmetics until they are older.
  • Be a savvy shopper. Look before you buy, and try apps like Think Dirty, Healthy Living and the Good Guide.
  • Share your concerns with the manufacturer of products you suspect contain toxic chemicals that are harmful to kids. Ask for changes.
  • Use social media and share the scientific findings with others and be an advocate for #toxicfreekids.

Join the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners in the fight for stricter oversight of all personal care products, especially those marketed to kids at bcpp.org.