Isn’t it interesting that hair care products are ahead of skin care products when it comes to dropping the use of silicones (which are a mainstay ingredients in most personal care products). So why are hair care product companies more savvy? Great question, maybe because in consumer testing, people feel like the product weighs the hair down, or that’s what many of the TV ads say… or maybe because in Japan there have been reports of the negative effects of silicones on the scalp, or the current push from the popularity surge of Korean products, which are looking for solutions to silicones.
Why do skin care companies push an ingredient that is a plastic based polymer, with thousands of derivatives, some banned for use in the EU and Canada, and many known to be unsafe for the environment? Simple, silicones give products a silky glide and fill in minor imperfections in the skin, so when you touch your face and look in the mirror, your skin appears smooth. Savvy consumers know that your skin is the largest organ in your body, and one of the main functions of the skin is gas exchange. Hmmm, so what happens when you put a plastic based polymer over something that is suppose to breathe? For more info you can read our info page on silicones and skin care here: