Looking to go neon at festivals this summer? Be safe when choosing your body paint with Chloe O'Keeffe's guide.
The issue of UV paints on skin and face paints is a controversial and complicated issue. How do we know if paint is really and truly 100% safe to put on our skin? Festival season is here, and the ‘glow stick gorgeous’ trend is one of the longest serving festival fads that comes back year in, year out. But are we putting our skin in jeopardy in the long run, just to look particularly bright and neon at Longitude?
 
It’s always key to ensure that the UV paint you are purchasing clearly notes that is ‘non-toxic’. These are the safest UV paints to purchase, particularly for someone that is throwing it on their face. Glowpaint.com speaks of how their fluro-face and body paints are strictly water based, which ensures ease of washing the paint off skin with water.
 
Though the ‘Glow Paint’ franchise is strictly ‘non-toxic’, it is should be known that not all companies or face paints are like this, and in a bid to make the products cheaper, some manufacturers add ingredients such as fillers and artificial urea (artificial animal unrine).
 
UV Paints that are sold in Australia for example, for the most part, are manufactured in China, and sold as cheap Chinese brands. The key tip to remember here is that the manufacturing requirements are nowhere near the same as those in place in Ireland and the UK. These products are cheaper, and can be quite nasty, with a funny smell and a lot of the time they may crack like mud when dry. Not a good look.
 
A good UV face and body paint should be made with a clear or white base that dries clear. Another top tip is ‘less is more’ when applying these types of paints onto your skin; a thin layer is enough.
 
Obviously enough, the main and most important thing to note when purchasing UV face and body paint is to read the ingredients. If the paint has calcium carbonate, be sure to expect inferior results as it is white in colour. Then again, be aware of the containment of urea and diazolidinyl urea, as this is animal urine and artificial urine, two things that are said to help preserve cosmetics and body paints. Aside from being pretty disgusting, some people are said to have contact allergies to diazolidinyl urea, causing dermatitis.
 
To conclude, it’s dependant on circumstances as to whether UV glow paints are ‘safe’. The non-toxic labelled brands are safe, which is great news, so go forth and glow until your heart’s content. But beware of the ingredients, and of course, where you’re purchasing your products from.