Face paint set: safe use

Have you decided to invite an aqua make-up artist to the children’s party? Great idea! No doubt, the children will like it. It is just unknown whether it will be the same for the soul of their parents. After all, they may worry that the paint will damage the delicate baby skin or cause an allergic reaction. Let us figure it out, or is there reason to be worried


What is face painting?

Face painting is a dry makeup that is diluted with water and used to apply drawings on the face and body.

The skin of a child has certain structural features, because of which it is vulnerable to chemical, mechanical, radiation and thermal stimuli. It easily absorbs everything that is applied to it: creams, ointments, other cosmetics and even paints.

Often a face paint stencil set can also be purchased along with the paints. This is useful because it allows you to learn quickly the technique of drawing on the face.

Face painting paints are applied to open areas of the child’s skin: face and hands, less often – the body and legs. Therefore, before the face painting master (aqua make-up artist) starts working with children, you need to check what paints he uses and whether he complies with sanitary and hygienic standards and safety rules.

What does the face painting paint set consist of?

Standard certified paints specially designed for face painting are safe for children. To determine if quality paints are used for aqua makeup, you need to make sure that they have instructions with a description of the composition and an indication of the manufacturer, as well as whether they comply with FDA requirements. Having carefully read these documents, you will save children from the negative consequences of using face painting.

The face paint starter set usually contains components like this:

  • – petroleum jelly – does not penetrate the epidermis, therefore effectively protects the skin;
  • – paraffin – is an emollient;
  • – glycerin – moisturizes the skin and retains moisture;
  • – calcium carbonate – is a so-called mineral screen that prevents paint from getting deep into the skin;
  • – stearyl alcohol – ensures fast drying of the substance on the skin;
  • – sodium benzoate – a preservative that stops the growth of microorganisms;
  • – food colors – add bright colors.

All of these components have a low degree of hazard, but sometimes they can still cause allergic reactions. Therefore, before the first application of face painting, the paint must be tested. To do this, smear paint on the child’s skin on the inner surface of the forearm and wait 5-10 minutes. If during this time the skin condition does not change, the occurrence of an allergic reaction is unlikely.

NOTE! The aqua make-up artist uses not only paints, but also water. Therefore, make sure that the water is clean and that the brushes are washed after painting with different colors and before applying face painting to the next child.

Signs that the face painting artist is using quality paints:

  • – dries quickly;
  • – elastic;
  • – persistent;
  • – easily washed off with water.

Which face paint set shouldn’t you use?

Paint manufacturers are constantly expanding their range. However, if there are no special restrictions in the choice of paints for drawing various surfaces on paper, then when choosing paints for face painting, a number of safety requirements must be observed.

Consider the most common types of paints such as acrylic, gouache, watercolor and the features of their application. Information about Chinese-made face painting paints is also interesting for familiarization. Let us talk about this in more detail.

These water-borne paints are made based on polyacrylates. They are not entirely safe for the health of the child, because they clog the pores and disrupt the skin’s breathing processes.

Acrylic paint that is completely dry cannot be dissolved with water. It can be washed off only with hard sponges and abrasives. That is why acrylic paints are difficult to remove from the skin after drying.

These paints can be recognized by the slight smell of vinegar essence, as well as by the creamy consistency, slight glossy shine. They are packed in metal tubes or tall plastic jars.

Gouache is an allergenic paint, it dries the skin, can cause discomfort and even chemical burns. Gouache has a characteristic smell, creamy consistency without glossy sheen. The paint tightens the skin very much during drying. The hazard is above average.

Watercolor is a safer paint than others are. However, it is not recommended to use it for face painting either. After all, it, like gouache, can cause allergic reactions, and it dries and tightens the skin, cracks. In order not to damage the skin of the child, it is recommended to wash off the watercolor drawings no later than an hour and a half after application. In a dry state, the watercolor is covered with a network of small cracks; it is difficult to dilute it with water to a creamy state.

Compared to other paints, in particular, specially designed for face painting, paints made in China are much cheaper. Usually the composition of these paints is unknown and they are not approved by the FDA.

Why is it important to pay attention to the composition of the paints that are included in the face painting paint set?

The outline of a Chinese ink painting spreads quickly. The dye penetrates deep into the skin, making it difficult to wash off.

You can determine that the paint is of poor quality by its smell. In paints made in China, it is sharp, reminiscent of the scent of perfume.

These paints in the package have bright shades and glossy shine; however, after application to the skin, they become dull in places. They are usually packed in a palette of 8-12 small plastic jars.

NOTE! The low price of the face painting services is a reason to think if he sometimes uses low-quality paints made in China. Due to the lack of information about the composition of such a paint, it will be difficult for doctors to prescribe treatment for allergic reactions, if any.

In what cases should you not apply face painting?

Face painting is not recommended for children with manifestations of respiratory allergies and hay fever; those with chronic skin diseases: atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, etc. Children with such diseases are characterized by altered reactivity of the body, due to different immune and non-immune mechanisms. Therefore, they may have an unpredictable reaction to any even ordinary things.

You should also refuse to apply face painting if the skin has acne, abscesses, wounds, cracks, insect bites.

In case of skin diseases, the hydrolipid film, which acts as a protective barrier, is disrupted. Therefore, in sick children, the permeability of the skin is significantly increased. In this case, even a minimal amount of paint can provoke a violent allergic reaction or lead to infection of the skin.

Applying face painting to the skin is, first, fun for children, a fabulous reincarnation. However, when inviting an aqua make-up artist to a children’s party, you need to be vigilant and make sure that he does not harm the health of children.

Memo «Rules for the use of face paint starter set»

  • 1.  First, remember that face painting can be applied to children from three years old.
  • 2.  Ask the face makeup artist to provide documents confirming the safety of the paints. Refuse his services if such documents are not available or their authenticity is in doubt.
  • 3.  Pay attention to the cleanliness of the face painting area. He must use clean water, wash thoroughly and process the face paint stencil set after every use.
  • 4.  Do not leave face painting on your child’s skin for more than three hours.
  • 5.  Wash off face painting with water and baby soap or special baby cleansers.
  • 6.  Explain to your child not to touch the makeup with your hands if the paint has not yet dried. However, you should not frighten the child with possible negative consequences, for example, with words like: «If the paint accidentally gets into the oral cavity, you will have to call a doctor». It is better to say that touching the picture can ruin it.
  • 7.  Be sure to test the dye on the forearm skin in case your child is prone to allergic reactions.
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