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It revealed that some children’s face paints
contains lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.


Even more terrifying is that these metals were not listed on the products’ ingredient labels. Some of the products tested even had misleading claims like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA compliant”, making it tough for parents to make an informed decision. Experts

Experts say there is no safe level of lead exposure for children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that parents avoid using cosmetics on their children that could be contaminated with lead.
Lead may be a contaminant in over 650 products listed in Skin Deep. Lead can be found in a range of cosmetic products including sunscreens, foundation, nail colors, lipsticks and whitening toothpaste. Several ingredients derived from plant sources, such as cottonseed oils and rice derivatives, may contain heavy metals such as lead and mercury.
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  • As of February 10th of this year, penalties go into effect for any retailer or manufacturer knowingly selling toys or any other children's products (including clothing, books and bikes) containing levels of lead or phthalates above government standards -- 600 ppm total for lead and 0.1% of total for phthalates . These cannot be sold, either new or by resale shops, thrift stores, or even garage sales

  •  Google Search Results 1,760,000 for children’s face paints.

  • Does any one Care?

  •  One report listed test results for 10 face paint products, the types widely available via the Internet or in craft or Halloween stores. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released the report, titled Pretty Scary: Could Halloween Face Paint Cause Lifelong Health Problems?

    "All 10 face paint products tested contained lead, and six out of 10 had known skin allergens, including nickel, cobalt, or chromium, at levels above recommendations of industry studies," says Stacy Malkan, the campaign's co-founder and a co-author of the report. Malkan is also the author of Not Just a Pretty Face, a 2007 book detailing what she sees as the potentially hazardous ingredients in cosmetics.

    Lead poisoning in children may cause:
    • damage to the brain and nervous system
    • behavior and learning problems
    • slowed growth
    • hearing problems
    • headaches
    • anemia

    Lead in lipstick?
    Turns out, the ur­ban legend is true. and lip stick is a form of painting.
     In October 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks at an independent lab for lead content.

    The results: 61 percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million. Lead-contaminated brands included L'Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict.  See 
    Campaign for Safe Cosmetics  
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