Over the last couple of months I have been working on a Zen Dejour Makeup Setting Powder that absorbs oil and blurs wrinkles. The results are amazing and now just waiting on packaging so we can launch it. One of the ingredients that helps with this flawless complexion is an ingredient know as Silicone. and is among the latest ingredients clients love to hate. They love it because it works so well but have a fear due to bad reports from negative media hype. So to help clear up and debunk some of the myths about silicone, here is 5 interesting facts about silicone in skincare.
Myth No. 1: Silicone used in skin care products may cause illness.
Silicone safety arose from silicone gel-filled breast implants in 1992 and until 2006 where limited in their use but In fact, these concerns after years of safety studies, that the FDA completely lifted the moratorium, and silicone gel-filled breast implants again became available for everyone. The fear of silicone was linked to rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, chronic fatigue and cancer.
As skincare is applied on the top skin and the silicones is too large to penetrate the skin, they cannot cause or worsen any conditions or cause these illness.
Myth No. 2: Silicone cause irritation and allergies.
As stated above silicon is too large to penetrate the skin and thus Silicones don’t irritate the skin and can’t trigger an allergic reaction. They actually lower or eliminate irritation because they help ingredients to spread evenly, which prevents pocketing and minimizes potentially irritation. Silicones are used safely on all forms of sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, post-surgery, burns, diaper rash and skin ulcers. As it is biologically inert when in contact with the skin, silicones can replace latex, but also the most exciting part is that Silicones can be used on open wounds because they shorten healing time and do not promote bacterial growth.
Myth No. 3: Silicone are not natural.
Silicone starts within the science of sand, also known as silica. Made of finely ground quartz rock, sand is composed of the two most abundant elements in and on the earth: oxygen and silicon. Together, they form roughly 25% of the Earth’s crust.1 Natural silicon-based materials have been part of human survival since the Stone Age
Myth No. 4: Silicones make skin greasy, clog pores and cause breakouts.
If this was the truth then silicones rest on the skin, and some actually absorb sebum and mattify the skin, visibly minimizing pores in the process and not make the skin greasy. Because they are noncomedogenic, do not allow for bacterial or other microbial growth.
Myth No. 5: Silicones suffocate the skin.
Event though silicone can be use on open wounds and not promote bacterial growth silicones is breathable. Silicone allow oxygen, nitrogen.Depending on the silicones they will allow water to penetrate, making them excellent in reducing trans-epidermal waterloss (TEWL) reducing the skin from drying and dehydrating.
Silicones have many benefits in skincare they can make serums silkier; lotions a satin and flawless finish, BB and CC creams achievable; plus minimize the appearance of pores and wrinkles, reduce or eliminate irritation from skincare. Silicone is now being used to help ingredients can penetrate the skin and added new dimensions to skin care that make products more effective.