- View Larger Image
When mom puts on her makeup in the bathroom in the morning, the kids are only too happy to join in. Dip the brush vigorously into the make-up pot and off you go. Most parents are skeptical about this and do not want their children to cultivate such body cultures. The little ones usually see it differently. According to the motto: "What mummy can do, I can do too", rigorous prohibitions usually achieve the opposite. Therefore, it is important to think about the proper use of make-up products for children in time.
When are children too young for make-up?
Children’s skin is naturally pure and rosy. Neither pimples need to be covered nor cheeks need to be emphasized with a rouge. At the same time, children’s skin is very sensitive and not designed for the application of makeup. Between the ages of zero and eight, children are too young for make-up. The only exception is children’s face painting at festivals or birthday parties. With special children’s make-up, a child from the age of three can certainly cope with it. If your offspring shows increased interest in make-up at the age of six to eight, occasional make-up experiments are also within the realm of possibility. Under no circumstances should your daughter regularly use eye shadow and lipstick at this age. Girls between the ages of eight and twelve are usually more interested in makeup. Here you can begin to slowly introduce your daughter to the subject of make-up. Before she buys the wrong products from her pocket money, get her a few selected items instead. You should also specify that makeup is only applied under supervision. The important thing is to keep control. For this reason, a guided accompaniment is also more sensible than a strict prohibition. You can also arrange a make-up day, for example every second weekend or a certain day of the month. At this age, however, make-up should be the exception and not the rule.
From what age is make-up okay?
At the age of 13, the offspring is still the little child for the parents. But in fact you now have a teenager at home who wants to behave more and more like an adult. For girls, it is then part of the process to give a lot of thought to their appearance. So now the interest in make-up grows considerably. As a mother or father, you can’t simply ignore this development. Together with your child, you have to find a way that works for everyone involved. It is now time to allow your daughter to try out different make-up products in front of the mirror. But even here you should have a watchful eye. Control the products and continue to set limits for your child. Of course, it doesn’t have to be the case that a girl of 13 goes to school all painted up. Above all, it is important for parents to educate their children at an early age. Young girls are often influenced by role models and ideal types from the media, on which they base their need for beauty and make-up. Engage in an objective discussion with your daughter and invite her to question these ideals of beauty. Make it clear that you have nothing against her wearing make-up per se, but that you want to help her find her own style. Don’t forget the real intention behind your daughter’s make-up. She wants to look older and more grown up. Signal to her that you understand, but also that she is liked the way she is.
Make-up for children’s skin
Even if your daughter, wants to feel like an adult, her skin is not yet. That’s why the subject of makeup and cosmetics should also be approached with a certain amount of caution. It is best if you go shopping together. So you have a view of what your daughter later applies to her face. For the beginning, a little mascara and a discreet lip gloss are sufficient. Later, eyeshadow, eyeliner and lipstick can follow. Pay attention to the quality of the products, because children’s skin is particularly susceptible to allergies.
You should pay special attention to these harmful ingredients when applying makeup:
– mineral oils
– Formaldehyde and
– many more.
Even if you don’t like the result of the first make-up attempts, you should encourage your daughter to try out more. This way you show her that you accept her femininity. It also can’t hurt if you put on makeup together or give her a little makeup class. This can develop into beautiful mother-daughter moments.
Particularly important: removing makeup properly from children
Regardless of the age of your child’s first make-up, a central part of this should always be the removal of make-up. Convey to your daughter from the beginning that it is important to take off her make-up. For small children and children’s make-up, a washcloth with a little coconut oil or commercially available baby oil wipes are sufficient. Later, you and your daughter can go to the drugstore and look for the right makeup remover.
Do not forbid children to wear make-up
Girls express their need for beauty through hairstyles, clothing, jewelry, and makeup. You emulate other women, such as the mother or the big sister, but at the same time you want to set yourself apart and develop your own style. Some girls are earlier, others later. Whenever the time comes, don’t panic. Just think of yourself at that age. It’s important to be responsible when it comes to makeup and makeup application – responsible, but not dogged.