Everyone loves Halloween. It's a holiday all about fantasy and having fun. Transforming yourself into whatever character you wish is exciting. But have you ever stopped to think about what's in the makeup you're using to create a look?
Brightly colored paints, heavy greasy textures and glues marketed for Halloween are filled with scary toxic chemicals you’d never dream of putting on yourself or your child — they're loaded with petrochemicals, formaldehyde, dioxins, heavy metals and synthetic colorants.
A report by Campaign For Safe Cosmetics found that “10 out of 10 face paints tested contained lead, a known neurotoxin,” which has also been linked to reduced fertility and miscarriage. Now that’s SCARY!
In the same report, another study says, “although lead absorption through the skin is often ignored, studies show that lead actually can be absorbed through the skin. One study found that skin-absorbed lead can be detected in sweat, blood and urine within six hours of skin application.”
Skin absorption is no joke. It’s the reason the patch works so well for birth control, pain management and hormone replacement, and it’s the reason I tell people to think of their beauty routine — and in the case of your Halloween makeup — as a diet. Your skin will absorb about 60% of whatever is put on it, providing the molecule is small enough.