The Truth about some of today's Beauty Products
A popular Ingredient found in Today's Beauty, "Silicone"
Silicone seems to be in everything beauty related these days, all the way from boobs to your makeup primer.
The Basics, What is Silicone?
Silicone is a mineral. It is an effective ingredient commonly used in hair care products. It provides slip and shine, can help smooth and straighten hair and gives hair a luxurious and conditioned feel.
Silicone's are a large class of materials, not just one ingredient. They can usually be recognized by names ending in "cone". In hair care, they are mostly used to coat/condition and to add shine.
“The positive effects (of silicone in hair care) are a lot, starting with the fact that silicone can actually make hair that is dry and damaged look and feel like it’s healthy by filling in the porosity—what looks like frizz and split ends—and driving and locking in conditioner. Silicone protects the hair from the elements, keeping it smooth and shiny by ‘waterproofing’ each strand. It also gives hair a slippery-when-wet feel because of its hydrophobic coating.
“Silicone is almost like rubber or plastic. It is used as a sealant against water and even air. It is NOT a natural ingredient and its side effects are bad for our hair. It gives the hair the illusion of shine, but it is not the shine we wan. It is a fake like shine from the plastic. The shine we want is when the cuticle layer is sealed and light reflects off the hair. This only happens when hair is properly hydrated and kept healthy as possible.
Silicone will weigh the hair down, making it limp, lifeless, and with time, very dull. It prevents moisture from penetrating the hair shaft and becomes like a magnet for dirt and other ingredients. So in all in all, we get a good shine for a couple of days, but over time it will start to attract more buildup on our hair. With time it will dry the hair out because it won’t allow in the conditioner and it ends up sitting on the surface. Due to lack of moisture, the hair will become very brittle and could lead to frizzi-ness and breakage.
Silicone's are also found in today's makeup and skincare from Primers to Foundation all the way to Serums, Moisturizer and even Skin Treatments and Mask.
Prolonged exposure to Dimethicone can actually increase skin irritations because of the coating property, it can cause bacteria and other impurities to become trapped within the pore.
Silicone's that tend to be in today's Beauty Products.
- Phenyl Trimethicone
- Dimethicone Copolyol
Silicone's tend to just blur out the imperfections and problems on our skin, it may give the appearance of smooth and even skin but it may actually be suffocating the skin and clogging pores, everyone's skin is different but if you tend to have blemish and acne prone skin, any products that contain a type of "Silicone" you may want to stay clear of.