Sen. Schumer warns against chemicals in Halloween make-up, on Sunday, as the make-up sold in the US contains lead. This chemical ingredient in cosmetics is not prohibited by law in the US, as it is in Canada and Europe. This means that it poses a real threat to children, as Halloween moves closer and closer and the little ones desire intricate costumes.
Given the fact that it is not prohibited by the law, checks are not currently being done in an organized fashion on make-up products. Therefore, apart from lead, they may also contain other metals considered heavy, such as chromium or nickel, in various quantities.
This amounts to danger for children wearing face paint on Halloween and stress for their parents. In medical terms, these chemicals remain in the human body for a long time and they also pile up as years go by. Among the effects that they have are stomach aches, vomiting and, more alarmingly, damages to the nervous system.
Children’s IQ may also be affected by long exposure to metal chemicals in make-up. The same goes for their abilities to learn or to practically use what they have learnt, meaning that the way they will behave educationally and intellectually will take a hit.
Sen. Schumer warns against chemicals in Halloween make-up and advocates loudly about the need for stricter rules from the Food and Drug Administration. He states that parents usually buy the face paints or different cosmetic products simply because they are on the shelf, which, in their eyes, means they are safe. Of course, he continues explaining, they are not.
The solutions to this pending crisis are simple and two fold. The first one is long term and requires stricter regulations on behalf of the authorities in this matter. Chemical composition of make-up and face paint should be regulated and metallic components that affect the human body should definitely be prohibited.
The second solution is short term and is applicable until the first one comes into place. It states that parents and guardians should carefully read the label and the ingredients marked on the products they buy for these purposes. Vigilance is, of course, always better than waiting for a law to pass or, even worse, than being sorry afterwards.
The news means that Halloween costumes this year will be scary not just theoretically, but, maybe, also physically.
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