About Face Painting
The minimum age for being painted, as stated on the manufacturers packaging is 3 years of age. This is to prevent any reactions occurring to young delicate skin and possibly causing skin allergies later in life. Children under 3 can also find it very difficult to sit still for the length of time needed to paint a face. As a result, children under 3 cannot have a face paint. For children over 2 who really want to have something painted, a small design on the arm can be offered.
Unfortunately, anyone showing signs of a fever, a skin complaint, cold sore, conjunctivitis, chicken pox, head lice or any open wound cannot be painted. Furthermore, children’s faces must clean and any noses wiped before painting. This is to prevent cross infection and above all, to protect everyone who wants to have their face painted. If you have sensitive skin, it is probably not advisable to be painted. Face painting should above all be a pleasurable experience. For that reason, children who have to be forcibly held still or do not want to be painted, will not be painted.
All products used are water based paints specifically manufactured for the purpose of face and body painting. They will conform will EEC regulations, which means that they will have gone through rigorous testing and will not include anything that can be harmful. In addition, glitters, glitter gels and powders may be used. These will all be cosmetic grade which have been made specifically to use on the skin.
The best way to remove face paint is to use a wet flannel to wipe most of the paint off first. Then use a flannel with ordinary soap on and then rinse. Do not use baby wipes as they can set the paint on the skin, causing it to stain. Some colours (green, blue, red & purple) can leave a slight stain on the skin after removal. This should only last a day and should come off after a second wash.