5 Reasons to Use Silicon Free Skin Care and Makeup
Why should you use silicone free skin care and makeup?
This blog post started as a result of watching a live video on Facebook. The topic - 5 Reasons to Use Natural Makeup. Now there is nothing wrong with this topic, but what bothered me about the video was it was misleading. Remember the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are not regulated by the FDA or Health Canada.
The video referred to makeup sold by a health and wellness company I used to represent. Their makeup is NOT natural or environmentally friendly.
My intention is not to bash this company or the person who made the video. The majority of skin care and makeup products on the market contain silicone-based ingredients. Sadly, greenwashing is a common problem in the beauty industry.
My purpose is to educate you about silicones and why you should use silicone free skin care and makeup.
Why Am I Targeting Silicone-based Ingredients?
They are found everywhere! Even in the most expensive brands.
Silicone-based ingredients (aka plastic) are polluting the environment. Not to mention the potential human health effects!!
And they comprise a large percentage of our skin care and makeup products.
Have you looked at an ingredient label lately?
Here is an example of one of the eyeshadow labels sold by the health and wellness company I used to represent:
Nylon-12, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Dimethicone, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Glycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Algin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Nylon-12? Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone? Phenyl Trimethicone? PTFE? Dimethicone?
Out of the 7 ingredients listed at the beginning of the label, 5 of them are silicone-based ingredients!!! Labels list ingredients from the highest concentration to lowest concentration.
This eyeshadow is primarily silicone-based ingredients which are synthetic – aka plastic!!! And it contains phenoxyethanol which is a toxic preservative. Phenoxyethanol is made from carcinogenic benzene and ethylene oxide, and has been linked as a reproductive toxin and allergen.
Why Do Companies Use Silicone in Their Products?
Silicones were first introduced to beauty products in the 1950s. Why? To help makeup stay put even after you have worked up a sweat, and make your hair silky and shiny.
Hydrophobic silicones form a seal over the skin making them water-resistant. This is why companies can claim their products are long-lasting. Silicones also give products a luxurious texture helping fill crevices to make your skin look and feel smoother. And they are cheap!! Beauty companies would rather use man-made plastics than formulate more expensive raw materials that have a shorter shelf life.
Silicones are derived from a natural product called silica but undergo extensive chemical processing before being added to beauty products.
Why You Should Care?
One study analyzed a typical shower gel in a laboratory for poly(ethylene) particulates. There was roughly as much plastic material in the gel by weight as there was in the plastic container it came packaged in.
Another study carried out by European cosmetic manufacturers with the aim to construct a probabilistic European population model of exposure to chemicals. If each person in the European population used an average of 2 g of toothpaste a day and 5% (w/w) of the toothpastes were a plastic ingredient, then Europeans would be spitting around 74,000 kg of plastic particulates into their sinks on a daily basis.
The same calculation can be done for shampoo, skin care, makeup and other products.
A report commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2015 stated:
- Most of the plastic ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products (PCCP) contain nondegradable polymers. These plastics may take hundreds of years to completely degrade via oxidative or photodegradation routes.
- Plastic ingredients are applied in a variety of leave-on and rinse-off formulations in deodorants, shampoos, lipsticks, facial masks, eye shadows, anti-wrinkle creams etc.
- A total amount of 4360 tonnes of microplastic beads were used in 2012 across all European Union countries plus Norway and Switzerland according to a survey by Cosmetics Europe.
- Plastic ingredients in PCCPs that are poured down the drain after use cannot be collected for recycling. The plastic ingredients do not decompose in wastewater treatment systems. The ingredients are emitted via raw sewage, treated effluents or with sewage sludge applied as fertilizer (biosolids) on agricultural land, landfilled or dumped at sea.
- Their potential for secondary health impacts via the food chain, including humans who consume seafood. This coupled with emerging knowledge about the toxic effects such particles have on biological organisms including mammals.
Other Chemicals to Avoid in Skin Care and Makeup
Aside from silicone, there are other chemicals you should be avoiding in skin care and makeup.
Want to learn more? Why are chemicals allowed in skin care and makeup? Check out my blog post on Common Endocrine Disruptors in Your Skin Care Products.
5 Reasons to Use Silicone Free Skin Care and Makeup
Conventional skin care and makeup products utilize silicone-based ingredients and other chemicals. These ingredients are polluting the environment.
A healthier alternative for you and the environment is to use certified organic natural skin care and makeup products. These products contain NO SYTHETHIC CHEMICALS whatsoever. Mother Nature does know best!!!
No Harmful Health Effects
Chemicals found in conventional skin care and makeup can cause irritation and allergic reactions.
Environment Canada assessments concluded that cyclotetrasiloxane and cyclopentasiloxane , also known as D4 and D5, are toxic, persistent and have the potential to bioaccumulate in aquatic organisms.
The European Union classifies D4 as an endocrine disruptor based on evidence that it interferes with human hormone function, and a possible reproductive toxicant that may impair human fertility. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of D5 has been shown to cause uterine tumours and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. D5 can also influence neurotransmitters in the nervous system.
Cyclomethicone is a mixture of D4, D5, and D6 siloxanes. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) silicone polymers are produced from D4 and contain residual amounts of D4 and D5. Dimethicone is a common PDMS ingredient in cosmetics.
Silicone ingredients do not hydrate or nourish your skin. It doesn’t matter what the label may claim!! As a consumer, you deserve higher-quality ingredients that support skin health. Think along the lines of organic botanicals such as aloe vera, geranium, rose, and roman chamomile.
You cannot go wrong with using organic natural skin care and makeup that contains beneficial nutrient-rich plant and herbal extracts and oils. All of the ingredients in these products support skin health.
Clog Free Pores
Silicones act like plastic wrap due to their semi-occlusive nature creating a barrier on top of your skin. This barrier can lock in moisture, but also traps dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris!!!
This can lead to skin breakouts. If you have acne-prone skin, you will definitely want to avoid silicone-based ingredients.
Protection from Premature Aging
Silicones not only clog your pores, but prevent additional moisture from reaching your skin. This can cause dehydration throwing your skin off balance. Skin dehydration is a major cause of premature aging and skin sensitivity.
Silicones can prevent other products/ingredients from working. i.e. your skin care regime has 3 steps – cleanser, facial serum and moisturizer. If your serum contains silicone-based ingredients, your moisturizer will not be able to provide your skin with the hydration and nutrients it needs.
Silicones also interfere with cell renewal. Our skin renews itself every 28 days. Silicones inhibit this process by slowing down the production of new cells. Your skin becomes less able to shed dead cell layers. This impaired cell renewal can decelerate the improvement of conditions such as pigmentation, redness, fine lines and scarring!
How to Identify Silicones on Ingredient Labels
The easiest way to identify silicones on ingredient labels is to look for words that end in one of these:
- Trimethicone/Phenyl Trimethicone
-Conol or -Ol
- Dimethicone copolyol
- Lauryl methicone copolyol
- Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon) - PTFE
- Methylacrylate copolymer
- Poly methylacrylate
- Polyethylene terephthalate
- Acrylates copolymer
- Styrene copolymer
- Vinyl acetate copolymer
This should help you identify the vast majority of silicones in skin care and makeup products. I did not list all of the plastic particulates found in personal care and cosmetic products. This list gives you an idea of what silicon-based ingredients to watch out for the next time you go shopping for skin care and makeup products.
Best Silicone Free Skin Care and Makeup Alternatives
I have used a lot of different skin care and makeup brands throughout my life. All of them contain silicone-based ingredients. Some of my favorite brands were Oil of Olay, Neutrogena, Clinique and Lancome.
Until recently, I had no idea companies were putting harmful ingredients in personal care products. I had to develop 3 endocrine/hormonal disorders in the same year to figure this out!
I was tired of being duped by beauty companies and their powerful advertising and marketing campaigns. I went online in search of truly certified organic products that I could feel safe using. This is how I found Miessence!
Miessence’s skin care and makeup products are made with aloe vera and raw cold pressed unrefined plant oils and extracts. The products are certified organic by the ACO and USDA. I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients!!! You could actually eat the products since they contain NO SYNTHETIC CHEMICALS whatsoever.
And their products are actually cheaper than the products I was buying from the health and wellness company I represented (even with my discount) that contain silicone-based ingredients and other harmful chemicals.
The Bottom Line
You are free to choose what products you put on your skin. However, the chemicals used in non-organic skin care and makeup products are impacting my health, my family’s health and the environment. I hope you will agree with me that your skin, your health and the environment are better off without silicones and other nasty chemicals.
Being an environmentalist and biologist, it really bothers me that so many beauty companies use cheap formulations in the name of profit.
When it comes to your food and your makeup, always choose organic! This guarantees that you will be putting silicone free skin care and makeup on your skin. Your body and the planet thank you.
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