1. Should I let my children play with makeup?
There is a very controversial debate around this question, but, no matter what you do, children will be attracted for anything is only allowed for adults to do. You don’t want them to play with cosmetics without adult supervision, and it would also be best to avoid damages to your high-end line of cosmetics. Keep vigilant to determine when they are willing to play with cosmetics and make smart decisions. Probably, to acquire a safe set of products is the best idea. Check out the options offered by toy companies and discard the cheapest ones; your children’s health is worth the investment. Give this toy cosmetics to your children and make clear that it is just for play and fun and that, when they finish, they have to wash their faces and hands carefully.
There is also a moral concern related to letting young girls make up too early. Be sure that just for allowing them to use some lip gloss and nail polish, their personalities or moral values are not in jeopardy. However, you must be there in every step of the process, to ensure they won’t make mistakes with negative consequences.
2. What are the cosmetic chemicals I should avoid?
- DMDM hydantoin
- Sodium lauryl
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
Also, keep an eye on FDA cosmetics section, they are always updating their recommendations based on the latest scientific advances.
3. Are “green” cosmetics safe for children?
We can agree on the importance of being “greener” in all aspects of our lives. However, an “eco-friendly” tag is not always a guarantee of safety. Sometimes, this tag may only refer to the packaging process or the use of energy in the manufacturing company, nothing to do with ingredients or manufacturing processes. No matter the superficial tags you can find, we recommend you to read the label and discard products with toxic ingredients, other examples when safety and quality are not guaranteed.
4. Should I teach my children how to use cosmetics?
If your child, tween or teen gets seriously interested in makeup, don’t leave them alone in the process. You won’t be a better parent, just for saying “yes.” You need to be present and available for answering your children questions and doubts. Setting the right example in the selection and use of cosmetics will be more potent than any restriction, most likely they’ll do what they see. Also, teach them the differences between too much and just the right amount of makeup and monitor their first steps. Some recommendations:
- Read the labels with your child and indicate what ingredients are considered toxic.
- Educate your children on essential skincare measures, such as to remove makeup daily and clean, tonic, and moisture the skin twice a day.
- Suggest they create reminders to replace old cosmetics for new ones.
- Instead of buying a lot of cheap products, persuade your children to get a few high-quality items.
- Explain that marketing claims may not be accurate in all cases.
- Find makeup tutorials appropriate for your children’s ages and watch them with them.
- Insist on the value of the non-physical beauty, without demonizing the use of makeup.
I hope this article has been enlightening and you have a better idea of how to handling children that are makeup enthusiasts. 😅 please send any question you have about safe cosmetics and talc products, I’ll be happy to make research and publish my findings to share them with you and all my #TalcMates.
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