As people have more and more information readily available to them, they are learning about the harmful effects of non-natural ingredients in beauty products. One that has become a hot topic recently is silicone. You may have noticed several products on the market lately that promote being silicone-free. What is silicone exactly? It is an unnatural ingredient, a synthetic that has chemical additives. It is derived from silica and other elements. Technically, it is comprised of natural ingredients, but it undergoes a chemical process when the silica is combined with the other elements to create silicone.

While silicone can give that smooth, soft feel to skin, it is actually not helping your skin, but giving a “false” appearance. There are many reasons it is bad for your skin. Here are a few of them:

  • Silicone clogs your pores by trapping bacteria, impurities, dirt, and sebum in your skin.
  • It blocks other ingredients from absorbing into the skin causing them to not work to their full potential.
  • It is hard to get off the skin causing breakouts, irritations, and acne.
  • There are no antioxidant properties resulting in no real benefits to your skin like hydration and nourishment.
  • It can cause more harm than good as it is non-hydrating and dries the skin out causing fine lines and wrinkles to be more visible.

Additionally, silicone is bad for the environment as it is not biodegradable and non-recyclable. It is similar to rubber and plastic and takes a long time to decompose.

Look for any ingredient ending in –cone or -siloxane. Common names are:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Cyclohexasiloxane
  • Cetearyl methicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane

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