Safety Tips for Face Painting: Health Goes First

It seems like every time there’s a birthday party, you see kids lining up for a face painting session. It transforms them into something or someone else and lets them use their creativity and imagination. Those are just some of the reasons why children love it. If you want to do some of those sessions at home, though, make sure you follow these safety tips.

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Shop Right

When you buy face paints and glitters, choose options that are intended for that use, Kid’s Health says. Steer clear of non-toxic craft paints since many of these can still cause allergic reactions.

Do Your Homework

Buy from shops and sources you trust. Dig into the retailer’s background and history. If there are too many complaints from other customers, that’s a bad sign. Check out options elsewhere.

Listen To Your Gut

If you have any doubts about the safety of a product or you aren’t quite sure it’s good for your children’s skin, don’t buy it, the EPA says. You’re better off safe than sorry.

Read The Label

Always check for harmful ingredients. Make a list of harmful ingredients—that clog up or irritate the skin—so you’ll have an easier time filtering through face makeup options.

Store Properly

Keep the makeup out of your children’s reach. Even if the product is non-toxic, they may be dangerous if your child swallows them. Also, make sure you keep the lids on tight. If they’re loose or open, that could ruin the makeup.

Test Them Out

Do a patch test of the product first. If you plan on doing a face painting session at home over the weekend, then test the product on your children a few days before. Dab it on the inside of the arm and monitor them for any rashes or allergic reactions that may occur. That way, you can avoid using products that don’t agree with their skin. Some kids have highly sensitive skin as well so products that don’t contain any harmful ingredients may still cause an allergic reaction.

Notice The Smell

Makeup tends to smell nice. If they smell off, that’s a sign of bacterial growth or contamination. Toss it out even if the makeup is new.

Wash It Off

Don’t let your kids go to bed without washing off their face paint. It may be fun to let them pretend they’re a cat or Iron Man for the night but letting them sleep with face paint on will irritate their skin.

Follow The Instructions

Check the instructions that come with the face paint’s packaging. Many will tell you to wash it off with soap and water. However, there are other face paint removers on the market that you may want to try. Check if those removers are gentle enough to be used for children. If that isn’t the case, move on.

Clean Your Tools

Keep your tools clean. Lack of sterilization will lead to contamination so always wash your brushes, sponges, and any other makeup tools you use before and after every face painting session.

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