We see nowadays a lot of silicone-free marketing campaigns that claim that silicone is bad for your skin and a toxic ingredient that you should totally avoid in your skincare routine and makeup.
Should we really avoid silicone altogether? Let's debunk the myths around silicone!
Silicone is an umbrella word for many forms and types of silicone; each has different unique properties.
Myth: Silicone Suffocates The Skin
Fact: Silicone is a permeable substance that allows the exchange of water and air. Its molecular structure allows water to pass in even when it has some occlusive properties.
Myth: Silicone Accumulates in Nature; It's not Environmental-Friendly
Fact: Silicone degrades to its natural elements which are water, carbon dioxide and silica (sand). Silicone is a degradable substance, which means it degrades without any interference, and not biodegradable, that means it degrades by biological means.
Myth: Silicone Can Clog Your Pores
Fact: Unlike many other natural oils, silicone doesn't clog pores, leave residue in them, or leave your skin greasy, unless you don't wash your face properly.
Silicone is also an inert hypoallergenic ingredients that is recommended for sensitive skin. It also acts as an emollient and lock hydration in your skin by reducing the trans-epidermal water loss. All of these facts are supported and backed by scientific research; silicone is a beneficial ingredients that we should look for in our products and include it in our skincare routines.