Ghouls and goblins and zombies. Lions and tigers and bears. Oh, my! On Halloween, all sorts of devilish creatures come out to play…and trick or treat! Getting into the spirit with face paint is all part of the fun. Unlike a mask, face paint makes it easier to keep your eyes peeled for the best goodies. (Not to mention stay safe on the roads!) But if used incorrectly, you may end up spotting things like rashes and swollen eyelids once the clock hits midnight. Here are some tips from the FDA for drawing and decorating safely.
Know the Basics
- Follow the directions on the package.
- Don’t paint your face with products that aren’t intended for your skin.
- If you open face paint and it smells “off”, toss it! It could be contaminated.
- First time using a product? Test it! Try a bit on your arm a few days before the holiday. Check for an allergic reaction.
Know The Ingredients
- The FDA decides how colors are used in cosmetics. Some may be A-OK for your skin, but shouldn’t be used near your eyes. Others may be approved for your hair, but can’t be used on your skin.
- Do some detective work. Look at the list of ingredients on the label. Look for the names of the colors used.
- Check the Summary of Color Additives on the FDA's Website. There's a section devoted to colors for cosmetics. If there's a color in your makeup that isn't on this list, the company that made it is breaking the law. Don't use it!
Know The Lingo
- Fluorescent colors are also known as “neon” or “day glow.” They aren’t approved for use near your peepers.
- Going for a ghoulish glow? Luminescent colors glow in the dark. There is only one that is FDA approved for cosmetic use, luminescent zinc sulfide. It has a whitish-yellowish-greenish-glow and should not be used near your eyes.
Know How To Remove It
- Once the Halloween party is over, remove your makeup ASAP. Wearing it too long can irritate your skin, not to mention smear in your eyes…or on your pillow!
- Pay attention to the directions. If the label says remove with cold cream…remove with cold cream! If it says use soap and water, use soap and water!
Know Who To Call
- If your reaction to a face paint is downright scary, call your doctor immediately. Then, report the problem to the FDA. Here’s how: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm095859.htm