Having gone through a pandemic we are all more aware of what we eat as well as what we put on our bodies. We wash our hands religiously, eat healthier foods, & many have begun to watch what beauty & skincare products we use. On every one of our products you will see this under our ingredient list:
CRUELTY FREE, SULFATE FREE, MINERAL OIL FREE, NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS, PARABEN FREE, FORMALDEHYDE FREE, NO ADDED FRAGRANCE
The purpose of this is to let you know that our products are safe & do not contain any ingredients that have been tested on animals. For this blog we wanted to break down and explain why we leave these types of ingredients out of our products.
While cruelty free may not have anything to do with being more health conscious-it has everything to do with caring about animals. We love animals & do not support any company that does animal testing, from our packaging materials to ingredients that we use-no company we purchase through tests their products on animals!
Moving on to our products being sulfate free- what's wrong with sulfates? When we first started using skincare products we didn't know what sulfates were. We came to learn that sulfates are members of a group called surfactants. Surfactants attract oil and water and help clean dirt off of skin easily. If they help clean the skin then why wouldn't we use them? The main reason we choose not to use sulfates in our products is because they have a potential for skin irritation. If you are trying to treat a skin condition sulfates could actually make it worse! Why add all of these amazing ingredients if we then negate them all by adding an ingredient that could do more harm than good? That is a risk we aren't willing to take. The safety of our customers always will come first no matter what.
Next on our list is "mineral oil free". Mineral oil has been known to clog pores. After researching this we found out that while it may be okay to use skincare products that do contain mineral oils, when you expose your skin to mineral oil for long periods of time it can actually trap other pore-clogging ingredients in the skin. For this reason we chose to just omit mineral oils all together.
So we've explained why we are cruelty free, sulfate free, and mineral oil free- now time for parabens. Parabens are commonly found in preservatives. They are great at what they do, but have been controversial for years. In 2004 there was a study that found small amounts of parabens in breast cancer tumors which started a lot of controversy. The FDA and American Cancer Association has since come out and said that the study conducted in 2004 did not show that parabens caused or contributed to the breast cancer and that it was most likely natural estrogen or hormone replacement that had caused the cancer. Although most skincare products only contain a small amount of parabens it just didn't sit well with us that there is still so much mixed information on the safety of them. The goal of Bay Harbor Beauty is to help everyone achieve the skin of their dreams without causing more harm than good. With so much mixed information it was easier to just leave the parabens out than to take the risk of adding them.
Last but not least, comes formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is believe it or not-a natural substance. Every single living organism produces it. Now how could a natural ingredient found everywhere be bad for you? When used in skincare, formaldehyde is released by preservative ingredients. When formaldehyde is released and ingested or applied to the skin-your body absorbs it. Formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer. Need we say more?
The only two items on our list we haven't touched on are fragrance free, and colorant free. You won't find any artificial colorants in our products for the simple reason that there isn't a need for them. If it isn't necessary or beneficial it isn't added to our products. The same goes for fragrances. While customers are able to choose a fragrance-it is 100% at their discretion.
Bay Harbor Beauty is a brand you can put your trust in. We will never add anything to our products that could potentially be harmful to you or your body. Our goal is to help you love your skin again!