Silicones are widely used in a variety of skin care, hair care and beauty products. Silicone is not dangerous and there are no clear studies that proves that silicones would cause skin problems or breakouts.
What is silicone?
Silicone is a substance derived from silica (sand for example, is a silica). Silica is an element found in over 90% of the minerals that make up the earth’s crust. Silicone holds water in a special way and feels very silky and smooth on the skin. Silicone forms a permeable protective barrier which explains why silicones rarely feel heavy or thick on the skin.
How does silicone work in Korean skin care?
Silicones are widely used in skin care, both in Europe and in Korea. Silicone forms a protective barrier but still feels thin and light on the skin. Silicone is often used in skin care to “fill in” wrinkles and lines and give the impression of a young, plump skin. Perfect for foundation and primers. Silicone also provides a silky, smooth feel on the skin during application.
Silicone is not absorbed into the skin but stays on the skin’s surface. Silicone is often used as a “carrier” for active ingredients in skin care which are absorbed by the skin. Some claim that silicone doesn’t clog pores because silicones have such large molecules with a spaces in between. Kind of like a net. Others say that silicone can certainly clog pores and cause breakouts. There are some split opinions on this subject.
Cyclomethicone is one of the most common silicones in skin care and hair care. Cyclomethicone evaporates after application and works mostly as a carrier for other active ingredients.
Silicone is often used as a carrier for other active ingredients in your skin care. Silicone form a protective barrier on the skin, is emollient, moisturizing and protects the skin against dryness. Silicones may cause mild irritation to very sensitive skin in form of redness or dryness, although some believe that silicone is particularly suitable for very sensitive skin. There are some disagreements on this topic.
Common silicones used in skin care & makeup
– In skin care silicone is commonly used in serums and moisturizing products.
– In makeup, silicone is used primers and liquid foundation.
– In hair care, silicone is used in both conditioners, treatments and leave-in products. Also in anti-frizz products and products that makes your hair shiny and silky.
If you find any of these names in the contents of your hair care or skin care products, they contain silicone. The ingredients often ends with “cone”. Here are some of the most common silicones used in the beauty industry:
- Dimethicone copolyol
- Phenyl trimethicone
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Silicone as an ingredient often ends with the letters “cone”. Search for information online, for example at the CosDNA website if you want to find out more about certain ingredients in your skin care or makeup products.