Fashion Week in New York is one of the biggest beauty moments of the year. A semi-annual event held in February and September in New York City, it’s one of the four major fashion weeks held around the world, along with those in Paris, London, and Milan.
The place to be to find the latest in fashion and beauty, Fashion Week features the work of the top designers in the industry, but this year, will also be featuring something new-green beauty products. And guess what’s going to be among the products given the spotlight? Our very own CV Skinlabs products!
Come Join Us September 4, 2013
If you’re in the New York area, you owe it to yourself to come see us for a night of green beauty on September 4, 2013, from 5–9 p.m. at the James Corbett Studio, 25 West 19th Street in New York City. During this event, you’ll be able to peruse the best organic lipglosses and skin-nourishing superfruit oils, as well as listen to the city’s top beauty experts who will be teaching fashion goers the ropes. If you get thirsty, they’ll have Pressed Juicery juices flowing!
Why Green Beauty?
I think it’s a great step forward when an event as big as Fashion Week starts giving green beauty products the spotlight. Used to be that companies were willing to sacrifice anything-including health-for a certain look, but this event shows that even in the echelons of the top fashion artists, the idea of beauty products that are beneficial, not harmful, is gaining ground.
We’ve all learned over the last decade or so that many of our common cosmetics, including lipstick, body and bath products, and anti-aging products, contain potentially dangerous chemicals likned to cancer, asthma, reproductive problems, hormone disruption, skin irritation, dermatitis, and more.
A 2007 study, for instance, by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), found that many name-brand lipsticks contained lead. A 2009 study by the FDA also found lead in all lipsticks tested at levels up to 3.06 parts per million. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that lead is toxic and can cause brain and kidney damage.
Nail polish has been found to contain three harmful chemicals, including dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, and toluene. These have been linked to headaches, dizziness, cancer, and reproductive problems. Fortunately, because of the efforts of the CSC, OPI has removed all three, as have Sally Hansen and Orly.
Bath products often contain the carcinogens 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, which are by-products of the manufacturing process and not listed on the ingredient labels. Fragrances contain hundreds of unknown chemicals, as companies are not required to list them. Yet these chemicals have been listed to allergic reactions and skin sensitization, and can cause rashes, inflammation, and breakouts.
It’s Time for Green Beauty
With Fashion Week getting on board with green beauty, we can be sure that our voices are being heard, and we’ll be seeing even more safe, nourishing products on the market. Meanwhile, continue to use your voices for change by purchasing only from those companies that are being cautious about what they’re putting in their formulas. For more information, see my post on “Where to Shop for Safer Products,” and come see me on September 4th, 2013!
Please join us at Fashion Week if you can! Check out this page for more information.
Aviva Lee, “What Are the Dangerous Chemicals Found in Common Cosmetics, Body and Bath Products, and Nail Polish?” Yahoo!, October 4, 2010, http://voices.yahoo.com/what-dangerous-chemicals-found-common-cosmetics-6879982.html?cat=69.