Hi makeup lovers. With this post I will start a Ingredients Series. I will write about common ingredients seen in beauty products. I must clearly say that you must find the correct product for you, your hair or skin etc. I will just provide some general informations about them. Our first usual suspect is Dimethicone.
You either adore or despise the smooth, fluffy, glossy texture, silicone-based polymers are commonly used in cosmetics and are responsible for this texture. Dimethicone is one of a this kind of polimer, you can see in many beauty products.
Dimethicone is also a skin conditioning agent that aids in the improvement of the appearance of the skin while also serving as a barrier against water loss and smoothing wrinkles. Additionally, If it is not stated that it’s silicone-free, this substance is used in almost all cosmetics, most notably makeup and skin care items.
Infact there is a confusion about it, if it is ok to use or it damages your skin. Let’s give ear to experts first. They are telling that in cosmetic products dimethicone can be used safely. It is also stated because of its molecular structure, it is not even absorbed by your skin much.
A many asked question about Dimethicone is if it prevents your skin breathe or not. In fact they do not have a consensus over an answer. Some experts claiming that it is like a net and it does not clog pores. In contrast some experts tells that even if dimethicone does not clog pores, it can keep dead skin, serum etc. stucked on your skin and it clogs pores. By the way, maybe you know, dimethicone is not water-soluble. Because of that you cannot remove beauty products from your hair or skin easily by washing them.
But it is generally not suggested to use dimethicone containing products on people who suffer acne problems.
What about hair?
When it comes to dimethicone and hair, it’s a no-brainer. You ought to be more cautious. Since it covers and weighs the scalp, it is not recommended for curves or delicate hair. Dimethicone, on the other hand, will help you achieve the smooth, slick feel in the case your hair is oily and prone to tangles.
You can experience dry hair if you use a hair product that contains dimethicone. The explanation for this is that it coats your scalp, preventing it from achieving a good moisture balance. If you use a lot of dimethicone-containing products on your hair, it can eventually get brittle.
Finally, dimethicone is not an angel nor a devil. In the very least, you now have a starting point for deciding whether or not to use dimethicone. If you’re not sure or have any of the issues listed earlier, silicon-free products are an option. You will find many of them around.