I am often asked why all Restorsea products are free of silicones. Recently, I received an email from Laura H. who commented: “With silicones, I find so many conflicting opinions. A lot of doctors I know really don’t see anything wrong with silicones and I understand they are also used for wound healing, but how much do we really need them in our daily products?”
Product formulators love to work with silicones because they give products a silky, spreadable, luxurious texture. Silicones fill in crevices to make skin look and feel smoother—which makes you think the product is “working,” even though it's only a temporary, superficial effect.
When I formulate Restorsea products, I stay away from silicones because:
1. Silicones trap debris in your pores.
Like plastic wrap, silicones form a barrier on top of your skin. That barrier can lock in moisture, yes, but it can also trap dirt, sweat, bacteria, sebum, dead skin cells and other debris along with it.
2. Silicones can cause acne and congestion.
Prolonged exposure to oil, dead skin and bacteria underneath the semi-occlusive seal of silicones can lead to increased breakouts. If you are acne-prone, I consider silicones among the most important ingredients to avoid.
3. Silicones can make your skin dull and dehydrated.
Silicones can prevent additional moisture from getting into the skin.
4. Silicones interfere with cell renewal.
Our skin renews itself every 28 days, whereby old cells are sloughed off and new cells make their way up to the surface. Silicones inhibit this process by slowing down the production of new cells and keeping dead cells stuck longer.
5. Silicones deliver nothing beneficial to your skin.
When you use skincare products heavy in silicones, you're not actually hydrating or nourishing your skin, no matter what the label may claim—it's simply a short-term smoothing effect.
6. Silicones block other ingredients from absorbing.
If you are layering products, silicones can prevent them from doing their jobs properly.
7. Silicones can be difficult to remove.
The most common silicone, dimethicone, is extremely heavy and leaves a coating on the skin unless it is carefully removed. If you are using products formulated with silicones, I would suggest washing your face with the Reviving Cleanser. It will remove your silicone-based products safely without stripping your skin of its essential oils.
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