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What is “Clean Skincare”?
Beauty by Design formulates products to meet our high standards for “Clean Skincare”. That means that every BBD product is either naturally derived (formulated using plants), or made with a combination of safe/non-toxic ingredients combined with plants and never contains anything on our “No-No List” (see below). Our ingredient decks read like a shopping list for the farmers market: Avocado, Coconut, Olive Oil, Pink Sea Salt, Sugar Cane, Prickly Pear, Apple Extract, Lemon, Green Tea, Lime and the list goes on…. Our science is just as fun to read: Stem Cells derived from Edelweiss flowers, Salicylic Acid derived from Aspen and Willow Bark, Enzymes derived from Ginger and Papaya, Hydroxy Acids derived from Apple, Colloidal Silver for antibacterial function and cellular repair.
Why is “Clean Skincare” so important?
The skin is the body’s largest organ and its #1 purpose is to protect us. It regulates our body temperature, oil production and protects our body from environmental irritants. It also absorbs 40-65% of what you put on it which means, if you are applying creams with toxic chemicals known to cause allergic reactions and known to be endocrine system disruptors, you are polluting the body- in some cases all the way to the blood stream with chemicals known to cause many forms of dis-ease in humans. Using products with ingredients from the No-No List” is like dumping toxic waste on your body and, at the very least, you may disrupt the lipid barrier. This can compromise your skin’s ability to regulating itself properly, and it becomes vulnerable to environmental stress and can go haywire! It’s a vicious cycle.
The Beauty By Design “No-No” List
We strive to provide you the most effective ingredients. That’s why we say “NO” to anything that can adversely affect your health, skin and conscience.
No Chemical Fragrances
No Petro Chemicals
No Animal Testing
No Animal Derivatives
Parabens are ingredients added to deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and makeups, among other products, to stop the growth of fungus, bacteria and other potentially damaging microbes that shorten the shelf life of a product. Researchers have also found that some 90 percent of typical grocery items contain measurable amounts of parabens, which is why even those who steer clear of potentially harmful personal care products also carry parabens around in their bloodstreams.
What worries public health advocates is that while individual products may contain limited amounts of parabens within safe limits set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), cumulative exposure to the chemicals from several different products could be overloading our bodies and contributing to a wide range of health problems. “Of greatest concern is that parabens are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive toxicity,” reports the non-profit Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC). “Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells.” Research has shown that the perceived influx of estrogen beyond normal levels can in some cases trigger reactions such as increasing breast cell division and the growth of tumors.
Many skincare brands use sulfates because they add the high foam that we have been conditioned to associate with clean, but for those ascribing to clean beauty lifestyle know better. . “Sulfates are synthetic ingredients partially based on sulfur, which is derived from petrolatum or other sources,” explains Yves Lanctôt, a chemist and product consultant in Laval, Quebec. However, sulfates are not just petrolatum-derived. The largest part of the molecule comes from lauryl alcohol, which is derived from coconut oil or other plants. To make sulfates, lauryl alcohol is reacted with sulfuric acid. Sulfur can be found naturally on earth, but for manufacturing it’s generally produced using petrolatum. They are known to cause allergic reactions such as rashes, dryness and blisters.
For more information – https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/sulfates
Many products, especially from legacy brands that have had the same formula for years and years and don’t want to tinker for economic reasons, still use phthlates because they are anti-fungal and preserve products, but are very harmful to our bodies and the environment. Research has found that when tested, adult women have higher levels of harmful phthalates than men because those phthalates that are used in soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and similar personal care products are used by more women than men. Human health effects from exposure to low levels of phthalates are unknown. Some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals.
For more information – https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html
No Chemical Fragrances:
Beauty By Design has made a commitment to avoid fragrances that are not derived from the natural and botanical ingredients used within our products. Many other brand’s skincare products list “fragrance” on their labels, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and greater transparency. Our stance on chemicals that may compromise your health is clear and Chemical Fragrances are a big “No” in Beauty By Design products.
For more information – http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/fragrance/
No Petro Chemicals:
Petrochemicals, are chemicals, ingredients derived from petroleum or natural gas derived synthetics, will commonly be found on your ingredients list as propylene, ethylene, butadiene, benzene or xylene. It is however, very common for petroleum derived ingredients to be irritating, sensitising and very drying on the skin, not to mention comedogenic (pore clogging) as well – generally causing more damage than good. These chemicals give products a “slip” ie, make moisturizers and conditioners feel silky on the skin, are known as the “fillers” that fill up a product and add to the spread-ability. Petro chemicals help to preserve products and simply are not worth the damage that they do to our bodies and to the planet. They don’t break down and are toxic to humans and our environment.
For more information – https://www.botanikboutique.com.au/2016/08/what-are-petrochemicals-skincare/
According to data from the federal Food and Drug Administration, nearly 1 in 5 cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. As everybody who has ever dissected a frog in biology class knows, formaldehyde is an effective preservative. Other skincare brands will add this harmful ingredient to prolong shelf life.
Reading product labels won’t be good enough because manufacturers keep levels low enough to not have to list it as an ingredient.. When choosing a skincare, we recommend making sure the brand has declared definitely that it will never use Formaldehydes (as Beauty By Design has).
For more information – https://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover/formaldehyde-releasers#.WrFEEOjwY2x
No Animal Testing Ever:
We are animal lovers and are 100% cruelty free. We source all ingredients from partners that adhere to the same strict policy. Other brands may rely on testing of animals because they are using questionable and potentially harmful ingredients. We use gentle ingredients that don’t require such testing and we find the practice archaic, unnecessary and cruel.
No Animal Derived Ingredients:
As a 100% cruelty free brand, we never test on nor include ingredients derived from animals. Other brands choose to use some of the following ingredients to save money and cut corners in the lab but we do not support such practices and never will.
Here are some of the most commonly used animal derivatives used in other brands skincare and we would recommend avoiding these.
1. Cochineal Dye
Also listed as Carmine, this odd sounding substance is far from synthetic. It’s actually a dye collected from crushed Dactylopius Coccus … or cochineal beetles to be precise. The insects feed on cactus plants in Central and South America and the females eat the red cactus berries; when they’re crushed an intense red dye is produced. It’s found in most lipsticks and a lot of blush products.
For more information – https://www.livescience.com/36292-red-food-dye-bugs-cochineal-carmine.html
It’s a crystalline material that’s shimmering or light-diffusing and found in crushed fish scales. It is found in most mascaras, nail polishes and lipsticks an dadds a shimmer or opalescence.
Tallow is a common ingredient in many cosmetics including eye makeup, lipstick, makeup bases and foundations. To the everyday consumer, it’s more common name would be rendered animal fat. The process involves boiling the carcasses of slaughtered animals until a fatty substance is produced, ready to add to cosmetics and apply to one’s face. It softens and makes products feel more emollient.
Similar to tallow, gelatin is the boiled skin, tendons, ligaments and bones of animals. It’s aliases include gel, hide glue, gelatin, isinglass, kosher and halal gelatin. It can be spotted hiding in creamy cosmetics and nail treatments. It is used to control the consistency and “payoff” of many cosmetics.
Imagine not showering for days. You know that greasy build-up in your hair? Now imagine never, ever showering and living in a steam room. Pretty gross thought, isn’t it? Well, imagine putting that greasy build-up on your face. Lanolin is the excretion from wool-bearing mammals and is found in most lipsticks and makeup removers. It is used to control the consistency and “payoff” of many cosmetics.
This is actually a very effective ingredient when made from botanicals, but many skincare brands will extract this substance from the livers of sharks and then added to your eye makeup and lipsticks. Our natural squalene is sourced from olives which also contain the good-for-your-skin antioxidants known as polyphenols.
It may seem unbelievable, but this ingredient is derived from the waxy oil that lines whale’s stomachs. Surprisingly enough, this oil substance is used to make the scent “set” in perfumes.
Found in cosmetic lip-plumping glosses, this is a fibrous protein from animal tissue that has no proven effect on your own collagen reproduction. Beauty By Design uses natural ingredients that stimulate your own natural collagen production. Collagen is too large a molecule to penetrate the skin and is worthless when topically applied.
Also listed as Estradiol this hormone-based can be found in most perfumes, restorative creams or lotions. Estrogen is obtained by extracting urine from pregnant horses. (Yuck? We agree.)
This pesky animal-based ingredient can often be found in products that boast an “anti-aging” quality. Retinol is a potent source of vitamin A, but it is almost always derived from an animal. Beauty by Design uses only plant based retinol products.
What do I need to know about the “No-No List”?
Each of our formulas are rigorously tested and must pass our screening process proving they use only safe ingredients (nothing harmful or toxic), are cruelty-free and committed to ethical sourcing and you will be delighted to read about the fascinating, deliciously bio-available ingredient that are loaded into our products. You’ll never read skincare labels because you have to again!
BBD’s mission is to match you to the right products with the right ingredients for your skin. For that reason, our selection of products is up to 10x larger than traditional brands, with over 250+ naturally derived performance ingredients, leading to over 10,000 possible combinations of skincare sets. Having such a wide assortment of products allows us to match you to the right performance ingredients to get you the maximum results.
The secret to great skincare is the match to the right performance ingredients. Each ingredient carries unique therapeutic properties that achieve maximum benefit when used on the right skin type. Beauty By Design carries over 250 specialty performance ingredients. Our matching technology will ensure you are paired with the right ingredients for you.
By: Hillary Clark, Beauty By Design