The war against silicone in the composition of cosmetic products is still on. However, for the most part, it’s all purely for marketing purposes. Silicone in the composition is noticeable straight away. It gives a product that silky and sliding texture that is very easily distributed, whether it’s hair oil or a primer. The worst thing about silicone is that it is not biodegradable and pollutes the environment. The best alternative to silicone is dimethicone in cosmetics, a natural silicone. It is an odourless, transparent silicone oil. It does not deteriorate and works as a natural preservative. Let’s discuss its pros and cons to understand it all better.
Dimethicone in cosmetics
A primer with dimethicone in its composition perfectly evens out the skin filling all the irregularities. For example, in foundation tis natural silicone helps to give the skin that velvety texture, in the make up base it helps to smooth the pores, in mascara – allows you to evenly distribute it on all eyelashes, in lipstick – provides a smooth coating. Dimethicone in cosmetics makes it more homogeneous and resistant, better shaded and distributed over the face.
Silicone creates a film on the face that will not allow negative external factors to penetrate the skin. Unfortunately, it also leaves all the useful components on the surface. For instance, if you apply a tonal remedy with vitamins and antioxidants over a silicone base it will not nourish the skin as it simply won’t be able to reach it. A silicone film can also cause bacteria to multiply in the pores and cause inflammation and blockages. Another key point here is that the products with silicone are quite difficult to wash off, so you need to use deep cleaners.
Dimethicone in skin care
Dimethicone in skin care perfectly masks wrinkles, smoothes the skin texture and gives it an instant lifting effect.
“Silicone products are not recommended for oily skin or skin with inflammation as they form a film that prevents skin secretions and dead cells from escaping in a natural way. Silicone itself has no ‘good care’ effect, but helps the skin to retain its moisture. Therefore it is well suited for dry skin and skin with age-related changes,” says my dermatologist from Eudelo medical clinic in London.
She recommends using cosmetics that contain cyclo silicone or hydrophilic dimethicone. Products with silicone can be used continuously if you do not forget to regularly do deep skin cleanse.
Dimethicone in hair care
Dimethicone does not make the hair heavier and protects it from damage, enhances its shine, makes it easy to brush. Silicone in the styling products also gives excellent thermal protection from negative environmental factors: frost or ultraviolet. Shampoos and conditioners with silicone allow you to achieve a quick visual effect and makes it much smoother. These tools are suitable for thick and curly hair. In addition, the silicones in the composition will help glue together the split ends.
Dimethicone does not dissolve in water and can hold onto your hair for 3 to 4 shampoo applications. To wash the silicone from the hair, it is enough to wash your hair with shampoos that contain sulphate. Dimethicone, however, should not be used by people with hypersensitivity.
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What do you think of dimethicone in cosmetics, skin care and hair care? Do you use products with this natural silicone already?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Allure, Eudelo