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Silicone Use in Skin Care Products

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Every day many of us use a number of products on our skin, ranging from deodorant to powder, cleanser to moisturizer - the list goes on. We've been brought up in an era of mass production of cosmetics by industry giants. We trust that research has been done to provide products which are not harmful to us. For those of us who suspect that this is not always reality we may take the time to review the odd ingredient list, but soon find that none of the ingredients are familiar (or pronounceable). While working with an herbalist on the development of our own skin care line at Ste. Anne's Spa, we chose our ingredient list carefully. Over the coming months, through blog posts, we will be sharing some of the information we have learned. We hope you find this useful in making informed purchasing decisions.


Why we chose not to use Silicone in Ste. Anne's Skin Nourishment

Silicone is a common ingredient found in many skin care products, especially moisturizers. Silicones are used as skin softeners, lubricants and thickeners. They make coatings feel smooth but evaporate without leaving a greasy feeling. Opinions however, are divided as to whether silicone is indeed good or bad for the skin. One school of thought is that it creates a protective barrier, much like primer paint - not allowing anything harmful to get to your skin. The other train of thought, and one that we agree with, is that it blocks your skin from being able to breathe. Silicone can leave a residue that - in effect - 'seals' the skin, trapping anything beneath it, not allowing it to breathe. This is especially true during an activity where you sweat - silicone blocks the skins ability to breathe, which can cause skin irritation. In addition, some synthetic emollients are known tumour promoters that can accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. Finally, they are also non-biodegradable, causing a negative environmental impact.
Transitioning from products that are designed for skin health as opposed to temporarily fixing the skin, can sometimes result in break outs while your skin naturally extracts toxins. Do not worry. This will soon cease and your skin will reflect a healthier, more attractive glow.
Tip: Start with a couple of sprays of toner prior to application of any moisturizer that is silicone-free. It will not only balance your skins ph, and prepare it to receive the moisturizing effects of the product, but it will also help to distribute the moisturizer more effectively, and an added bonus is that you don't have to use as much moisturizer!