Hair care products that use silicones get critcized more and more. Many shampoos and conditioners contain these substances. Silicones are used as a film former for each hair, so the hair can be meshed better and shine without appearing greasy.
They are also used in hair spray leave-in conditioners, make up, or even facial moisturizers. In hair care they form a layer around each single hair.
Using hair care products without silicone is not only better for your hair, it is also better for the environment.
In this article we provide you a list of silicone-free shampoos brands.Continue reading
In an effort to achieve smooth, silky, healthy hair, women often reach for leave-in conditioner. As the name implies, these conditioners are left in the hair rather than rinsed out like typical conditioners.
Leave-in conditioners are applied to hair to help seal in moisture and shine and increase manageability. Unfortunately, many of these commercial leave-in products may be doing more harm than good due to their high silicone content.Continue reading
Silicones are a popular ingredient in facial moisturizers. Their water-binding capabilities hold the moisture well, even when the skin becomes wet. Their unique fluid properties give the skin a great deal of slip. Silicones can feel like silk on the skin.
There are numerous forms of silicones used in cosmetic products, particularly leave-on skin care products and as well as shampoos and conditioners. You can easily identify silicones on the list of ingredients where they end on -xane or -cone; such as Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone or Phenyl trimethicone.
Silicones remain on the surface of the skin, they don’t get absorbed and therefore are not labeled as “active” ingredients. The unique molecular structure of silicones allows them to form a permeable barrier and also explains why silicones rarely feel heavy or occlusive, although they offer protection against moisture loss.
Especially women with acne-prone skin are looking for silicon free facial moisturizers as the silicone oil tends to clog the pores.
We have put together a list of mainly all-natural and organic facial moisturizers that do not only avoid silicones but also are free from other chemicals such as parabens or mineral oil based ingredients. Instead these brands use for instance Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera orPeptides, which help revitalize the skin’s building blocks so it becomes more resilient.
Silicones in facial moisturizers can be easily avoided by choosing the right product. Using silicon free moisturizers is not only more natural for your skin it also saves the environment because silicones are difficult to clean from the waste water.
If you like to avoid silicone alltogether you should check out these articles as well: Silcone free Leave in conditioners, Silicone free hair spray, silicone free makeup; and silicone free shampoos.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, this article might be of interest to you: Alcohol-Free Moisturizer for sensitive Skin
When we buy a shampoo in the drugstore or the supermarket we usually do not put much thought in what is actually in this product. Only when we suffer from intolerances or irritations on our skin caused by chemicals in our cosmetics we start studying the ingredients list.
But in order to avoid skin problems caused by caosmetic products we schould start considering what products we are using and listen less to the Marketing messages on the TV. Although think about what chemicals you might flush in to the environment and consider buying products with biodegradable ingredients.
At the end of this article you find a list of brands that do not use the chemicals mentioned below.
When you buy a shampoo or conditioner you should pay attention to these chemicals. Continue reading