WHY WE DON'T LIKE DIMETHICONE
Why don't we like dimethicone (and most silicones for that matter)? It's a cheap filler that "gaslights" you into thinking your skin is smooth and hydrated. By coating the skin, dimethicone creates the illusion it is minimizing lines and wrinkles and hydrating the skin. In reality, it's just sitting there on the surface of the skin, pretending to provide an anti-aging benefit.
WHATS WRONG WITH DIMETHICONE?
It's not that it's "unsafe", we just prefer our products to be rich in active ingredients that actually get into the skin and create a benefit. Don't you? Who wants to pay a small fortune for a product that is mostly cheap filler? Can a premium product really be worth the cost if the company is using dimethicone as a "go-to" ingredient? We have plenty of doubts.
We prefer ingredients such as Squalane, ceramides and jojoba oil to name a few. When we see a product full of dimethicone, we wonder about the quality of the active ingredients.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON DIMETHICONE (silicones)
Dimethicone is a type of silicone that is commonly used in skincare products as an emollient and a skin protectant. While it is generally considered safe for use in cosmetics and has been approved by regulatory bodies such as the FDA, there are some concerns about its potential impact on the skin and the environment.
One of the main issues with dimethicone is that it forms a barrier on the skin, and may lead to clogged pores and breakouts. This is particularly problematic for people with oily or acne-prone skin, as it can exacerbate these issues. Part of the issue is due to improper cleansing which leaves silicone particles in the pores to encourage blemishes.
In addition, dimethicone is a non-biodegradable substance, which means that it does not break down easily in the environment. This can lead to pollution and harm to aquatic life when it is washed off the skin and enters the water supply.
While some people may still choose to use skincare products containing dimethicone and other types of silicones, it is important to be aware of these potential issues and to consider alternative ingredients that may be safer and more effective for your skin and the environment.