Tuesday 14 July 2015

Makeup for little ones - keep your children safe

Kids and makeup: always a hot topic! How should we parents deal with it? I have two boys and they are still very young, so as yet, this is not something I have had to consider, excepting the odd face painting session! However, I do wonder what it would be like if I had a girl. I have friends with girls who, even age 5 or younger, have asked to wear make up (I'm sure there are some boys who express this wish too). What should be your reaction to the fact that your little girl wants to apply some makeup? Do you allow her to use yours, have her own or it is just a no-no for her?

It seems that you don't have to deny your child everything makeup. If they really wants to have fun with some makeup, then let them; only make sure that what they use contains only safe products.

When you decide that your small kid, tween or teen can use cosmetics for their skin, then be sure to buy for them only those that do not have toxins and unnecessary chemicals. Though quality cosmetics can be quite expensive, you do not have to break the bank to make your kid happy. With promo codes for Sears, you can be sure to find a great deal of children-friendly products at discounted prices and make immense savings on the cosmetics you buy for your kids.

In my escapades trying to find the best natural and chemical free products, I have come across many cosmetics with ingredients that on further research, I would not recommend for kids. I would say it's bes to avoid children’s play makeup containing Fragrances, Nanos, Phthalates, Bismuth Oxychloride, Talc, Parabens, Polyethylene glycol, Diethyl phthalate, as well as Artificial Preservatives, Colors and Dyes. They may not always be safe!

Another thing, do not be duped by labels of “Natural”, “All-Natural”, ”Organic”, “Organically Natural” or ”Recyclable” on cosmetic products. Check the ingredients! Other inscriptions that you need to be extra-careful about include Non-GMO, Fresh, Cruelty-free, Vegan, Handmade, Hypoallergenic, “Safe”, “Bio-something”, “Pure”, Healthy, etc. They may be safe for you but not for your kids. If need be, seek professional advice from a skin expert.

What scares me most are those personal care products purported to be made FOR KIDS yet contain toxins and nasties health experts warn that your little ones should be avoiding at all costs. For instance, statistics by the Environmental Working Group show that the U.S. cosmetics market alone exposes kids and tweens to approximately 33 ingredients (in more than 400 cosmetic products). Remember that most of these ingredients and products have also been banned for cosmetics in comparable markets like Canada, the European Union and Japan for being unsafe for developing kids’ bodies.

In addition, 61% of ingredients found in "for kids" products are not properly assessed for safety. So, if the FDA is not doing enough to guarantee safety for you and your child when it comes to the cosmetic products on our market, then we better do it ourselves!

Some of the harmful ingredients that you should be looking out for when you buy the next round of play makeup include DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium lauryl, laureth sulfate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Formaldehyde, Triethanolamine and Triclocarban.

And do not let your pocket suffer in pursuit of the best safe cosmetic products when coupons can help you get big discounts and rebates on your purchases. Check them out today!

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