Silicones in Cosmetics: 7 Good Reasons to Avoid Them


Silicones in Cosmetics: 7 Good Reasons to Avoid Them

We tell you what silicones really are, what effect they have on our skin and how (and most importantly, why) to recognize them in the composition of products.

Regardless of how sensitive your skin is and what type you attribute it to, most scientists recommend that you do not use products that include silicones. From here the main difficulty arises: they can not always be immediately and easily found on the label – manufacturers taught by life experience have learned to successfully “hide” them, encrypting the ingredients under all kinds of highly scientific professional terms. In addition, we must not forget that all of their new new modifications of silicones continue to be invented almost every day.

Why cosmetics companies do not refuse silicones

In fairness, we note that the harm of silicones is still not a generally proven fact (there are a number of scientists who strongly rebel against this hypothesis). At the same time, there are more and more supporters of the fact that silicone-based cosmetic products cannot be made. For example, the reputable Canadian Ministry of Health at the national level recognized many subtypes of silicones as frankly harmful (at least destructive to the whole environment: silicones do not decompose and, as a result, accumulate enormously in nature).

More than 75% of beauty products contain silicones and parabens.

They make the texture of the beauty product more uniform. And besides, silicones are able to make the product significantly more durable and ductile. So if you feel that the texture, for example, of your cream is velvety, and yet it does not leave an unpleasant sticky feeling on your skin, then most likely it is made on the basis of silicones. As a result: your skin looks more hydrated – and this makes you think that the product really “works”, although in reality it is only a short-term and, importantly, surface effect.

It’s cheaper. Let’s be realistic: any business is primarily concerned with issues of profit. So the low cost of silicone is the main reason why it is added wherever possible. After all, natural degradable components are much more expensive, and their shelf life, for obvious reasons, expires much faster.

7 main reasons to avoid silicone-based products:

Silicone is a hydrophobic substance (this means that its molecules practically do not interact with water – below we will explain why it is bad). So, it can be said to “seal” the skin, due to which many cosmetic companies consider themselves entitled to boast of the “officially proven” long-lasting effect of deep moisturizing (marks on the packaging “moisturizing 24/48 hours” indirectly indicate this).

To moisturize your skin, look for natural ingredients such as aloe vera and harmless oils such as shea and jojoba.

1) Silicones do not make your skin better. Silicones, in truth, do not moisturize and nourish the skin – this is a fact. Moreover, regardless of how expensive cream they appear on the label (as we wrote earlier, due to clogging with a film invisible to the human eye, only a superficial and short-term sensation is created that the skin is really saturated with moisture). But natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, harmless oils – such as shea and jojoba – will cope with this task with a bang.

Silicones are most easily recognized by their endings: -methicone, -silicone, -oxane …

Accurate fundamental analysis
2) Silicones can make skin dull and dehydrated . If your skin is naturally normal or dry, then it is quite possible that you will be able to avoid rashes. True, in this case, you will come across even more contraction and a feeling of dryness. Of course, in fairness, we note that not only silicones prevent sufficient moisture. However, these “helpers”, among other things, can also affect the natural processes of skin renewal. And even the body itself will become less focused on the natural processes of hydration.

3) Silicones clog your pores. Like a plastic film, silicones are a barrier on your skin, and a barrier in the negative sense of the word. The fact is that it blocks access to the skin from the outside, “sealing” on it dirt, constantly produced sebum and new dead cells.

The most common silicone – dimethicone (dimethicone) – is also the most harmful to our skin.

4) Silicones interfere with the natural renewal of cells. As you know, from the time of the onset of skin to its wilting takes about 28 days (depending on the age of the person). This period is called the skin renewal cycle. Silicones also influence this natural process: a barrier on the skin prevents the elimination of dead cells and the formation of new ones. As a result, the likelihood of developing pigmentation, the appearance of wrinkles and redness increases.

5) Silicones can cause acne. This same barrier, by creating an environment for the multiplication of bacteria, thus provokes irritation and rashes. So, if you are prone to manifesting the symptoms of this disease, especially avoid silicone-based products.

6) Silicones do not allow other ingredients to be absorbed when layering products (that is, when you use serum, cream, elixir, primer, tone, etc.) in sequence. So, for example, if you start your daily beauty routine with a silicone-based cleanser, this affects the degree of absorption of subsequent care products, which makes them much less effective overnight.

7) Silicones are difficult to remove from the skin. The most common silicone – dimethicone (dimethicone) – for our skin is very “heavy” and creates a fairly dense unwanted barrier. By the way, only high-quality two-phase cleansing products successfully cope with this. Everything is more complicated with hair, of course – water will not wash away silicones, and meanwhile, these substances are most often added to hair and scalp care products (and almost every one!).

How to recognize any silicones in the product

Below we provide a list of names that you will most likely find in your care and decorative products (we give in English, because they are usually designated exactly that way – internationally). So, the most common silicones are:






C10-30 Alkyl acrylate crosspolymer
VP / VA Copolymer

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