The power of silicones in Beauty: What is the Science telling us
Time: 16:30 - 17:00
Date: Tuesday 6th July
Silicones are a broad family of synthetic polymers that take numerous forms.
Silicones have a long-standing history of safe use in personal care, health care and other consumer product applications because they make existing materials work better, more efficiently, longer and more reliably.
However, unclear and confusing information around the impact of silicones on the planet and on human safety have caused consumer concern. With data, we want to bridge the gap and lead a courageous and transparent science-based dialogue.
Silicones are derived from quartz stone which is made from silicon and oxygen. Silicon is the second most abundant element on the planet after oxygen, it’s found in quartz and even in certain plant husks. Silicones can be degraded in the environment through multiple natural mechanisms like hydrolysis and photolysis. Silicones are one of the most extensively studied class of materials.
Most of silicone polymers used in personal care products are non-GMO, chemically inert and non-reactive bio compatible ingredients. None of their components are derived from animals, meaning silicones are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free by default. Their unique chemistry resists oxidation and they typically do not cause skin irritation or have any allergen or drying effects. They are commonly used in barrier creams to prevent skin sensitization to allergens.
- Ingrid Vervier Dow