The end of October is approaching, so Sen. Charles Schumer urges parents to watch out for face paint chemicals on Halloween before they apply the cosmetics to their children.
- Senator Charles Schumer warns against the dangers of face paint products made in China
- A study has found lead in 10/10 products tested, and nickel in 6/10
- Schumer has sent a letter to the FDA, requesting better regulations on novelty makeup
Novelty makeup has become a big part of Halloween. They’re more commonly used today to accentuate the costumes and create a more elaborate, goofier or funnier attires. Parents often go as far as they can to make the holiday as entertaining for their children as possible. If that means painting their faces for their amusement, then so be it.
However, Schumer warns that they should be extra careful with what kind of products they buy. Some might have toxic ingredients that are not listed on the label. And, just because they’re on display, it doesn’t mean that they’re perfectly safe. It should not be underestimated that their content could harm their child.
On Sunday, October 18th, the senator made sure to bring awareness to the issue of harmful substances such as lead, chromium, cobalt, and nickel in novelty makeup kits. Specifically, he warns against products shipped over from China.
This comes after Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released a study where they found lead in 10 out 10 face paint products, and nickel in 6 out of 10.
The worrying chance that their children could become ill should be enough to double check the content. Or, since not all label the hazardous ingredients, avoid any product that is noted as ‘Made in China’. They could present with multiple risks, especially after long exposure.
The harmful chemicals could build up in the body over time and cause several symptoms. This ranges from children experiencing abdominal pain to vomiting, or even complications within their nervous system later on. It’s highly risky, and Schumer has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to better regulate these novelty products.
The problem is rooted in the fact that, as the senator states, that it’s not really illegal. While both Canada and Europe have banned the use of lead in cosmetic products, the United States have not. That opens the window for several makeup kits to be imported from countries, such as China, that might end up doing more harm than fun in the end.
Schumer pushes the FDA to instate harsher guidelines, and take more action where it concerns the hidden composition of face paint products. At this moment, he claims that parents are relatively clueless to what they buy, simply because not all chemicals are listed on the labels.
However, for the upcoming weeks, they should keep in mind that just because it’s on display, it doesn’t mean it’s safe for their children.
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