Having first been introduced into haircare and skincare in the 1950s, Silicones can be found throughout the vast majority of cosmetics, hair care and skincare products today thanks to their low cost of inclusion. But why should you avoid them? Let’s take a look.
What are Silicones?
Silicones are derived from a natural compound called silica (the primary component of sand). After being derived from its natural form, silica then undergoes extensive chemical processing to then form silicones which are synthetic substances. The chemical processing of silicones requires a lot of energy during the manufacturing process and may also use petrochemicals to achieve the exact type of silicone.
Types of Silicones
Silicones go by different names and are modified into numerous different types in order to perform the specific role expected of them. Some of the most commonly used silicones are Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Amodimethicone and Phenyl Trimethicone. The quickest and easiest way to identify whether silicones are in your products is to look for ingredients that end in;
Why are they used in skin care?
Silicones in skin care are used to help create a smooth, silky textures and spreadable formulas due to their light and dry feel, lubricity, slip and shine.
However, silicones stay on the surface of your skin. They form a layer on the top of your skin, making your skin appear smooth as they fill fine lines, wrinkles and imperfections. But while they may fill in the gaps temporarily, they provide no benefit in helping repair or rejuvenate your skin. Like most synthetic ingredients, on the surface they seem to provide superficial, short-term results but they have no benefit to your skin as they may potentially buildup on the skin and hair.
Why we say no!
Silicones like Dimethicone and Cyclomethicone have been criticized of late for their lack of biodegradability, which may take them years to decompose and raise risks of disturbing the ecosystem.
Because KORA Organics products are certified under COSMOS, each ingredient and formula utilizes principles of Green Chemistry as COSMOS finds silicone and their counterparts not natural or naturally derived.
The good news is there are latest advances in natural or green chemistry, which offer several vegetable or plant derived alternatives to silicones. These natural alternatives widely appeal to customers seeking eco-friendly products, yet still deliver the soft, light and non-greasy characteristics of silicone, which is why we are proudly silicone free skin care! Silicone free skincare products give you the flexibility and peace of mind that our products will absorb into your skin and provide results no matter what order you apply them – and with no potential side effects nor risks to the environment.
What we use instead
We are proud to use clean, natural alternatives to silicones by using light weight botanical oils and esters derived from Rosehip, Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive and Desert Date. They offer quick skin penetration with a long-lasting silky feel, and create soft, smooth and silky textures.
Compatible with all skin types, they are certified, renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and completely safe in use.
These ingredients provide real results over time while helping to deeply nourish and hydrate your skin and being safe for the environment.