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Healthy Cosmetic Usage Tips for Kids

She is growing up so fast

No matter whether your child is a girl or a boy, chances are they will express curiosity about the grooming routines of their parents. This is especially true when they see mom or dad using cosmetics that feel good on their skin or offer attractive colors and scents.

Parents must be the ones to decide if they will allow their child to experiment with cosmetics and if so, at what age. If you are a parent of a curious child who desperately wants to play dress up with your cosmetics, here are some steps you can take to ensure that the cosmetics they try are as safe as possible.

The No List

Some cosmetics can pose a health risk for youngsters due to either their form or an ingredient that should be avoided. Some of the offending cosmetics include:

  • Loose powders and minerals or body glitters – including facial powder, blush, and powdered eye shadow because these are often inhaled by young children and can result in damage to their lungs or cause serious respiratory issues.
  • Fragrances, including most perfumes and colognes, as well as body sprays and mists often contain phthalates which have been linked to serious health risks, including cancers, allergies, hormone and development issues.
  • Cosmetics that potentially contain harmful ingredients such as Dibutyl phthalate and toluene (often found in nail polish) and lead (often found in lipsticks).

The Yes List

Cosmetics that do not contain harmful chemicals and ingredients or come in a non-powdered form are good choices for youngsters to experiment with, under parental supervision. In addition, parents can also choose to create some healthier substitutes by using organic, food-grade ingredients that will not cause panic if a curious toddler decides to taste them.

  • Cream eye shadow, blush and foundations, in moderation and only with parental supervision.
  • A healthy, natural substitute for lipstick made by melting together one tablespoon of beeswax with one teaspoon of coconut oil, then blending in one teaspoon of beet juice to create an edible lip gloss that kids and parents can safely enjoy.
  • A “body spray” made by filling a small spray bottle with distilled water and adding a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Enjoying some creative play with makeup is fun for both parents and kids, but it can be messy, too. Don’t despair! Mopfrog of Brooklyn has your back and their professional cleaning teams are standing ready to make cosmetic stains and messes disappear, while leaving your home naturally clean and fresh.

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