Written by Audrey Swanson. Medically reviewed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Julie Jackson.
When it comes to choosing body care products for your family, reading labels is always a smart move. But chemical names (like “polydimethylsiloxane”) can be difficult to decipher, and researching every ingredient is next-to-impossible when you're pressed for time.As an eco-friendly skincare brand, Puracy wants to set the record straight about what dimethicone is – and why we never use it in our products.
What Is Dimethicone?
If you've ever used a makeup primer with a silky or slippery feel, it probably had some version of dimethicone (polydimethylsiloxane) in it. Because molecules of this silicone-based polymer are too large for the skin and hair to absorb, these products leave behind a thin layer. As a result, you get shinier-looking and smoother-feeling skin and hair.
stratum corneum (the top layer of the skin). It works by forming a film that prevents the loss of water through the skin, thus keeping the skin moisturized. It also works as an emollient, filling the spaces between cracks in the skin.”
What Is Dimethicone Used For?Dimethicone is commonly found in hundreds of personal care products, including diaper rash cream, moisturizer, hand lotion, and liquid foundation. It allows products to be applied seamlessly, and in makeup primers, it prevents foundation from changing color and cracking.
Is Dimethicone Bad for Hair?
Most hair care companies use dimethicone and silicone to coat the hair cuticle and make detangling easier. A lot of this comes down to these ingredients’ affordability and effectiveness. There are simply very few eco-friendly, dimethicone-free products that can provide the same results.After years of research and development with expert chemists and testers, Puracy Natural Shampoo and Conditioner are rare examples of dimethicone-free hair products that manage to leave all hair types moisturized, bouncy, and shiny.
Introducing LexFeel N5: The Best Dimethicone Alternative for Hair
During our Puracy Shampoo and Conditioner reformulation process, the biggest change came in the form of an ingredient called Lexfeel N5. Puracy is proud to be one of the first companies to use this 100% sustainable and biodegradable emollient, which seamlessly replicates the effects of both dimethicone and silicone.Pro tip: Like any natural hair care regimen, it may take between 2 and 4 weeks for follicle build-up to disappear.
Is Dimethicone Bad for Skin?
According to the FDA and Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), dimethicone is a safe skincare ingredient that calms irritation, minimizes redness, and protects the skin from further damage. We consulted with Dr. Jackson on this topic, and she agreed that dimethicone is indeed safe to use on skin.
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Is Dimethicone Bad for the Environment?
The short answer: Yes.
As a hydrolyzed chemical, dimethicone is essentially washed off with soap and water. Depending on the route your water takes, it can feed into aquatic environments and impact fish and plant life. The National Center for Biotechnology Information also states that “the use of low molecular weight silicones should be reduced...and the purity of high molecular weight silicones should be monitored.”
Though researchers are still exploring the full extent of dimethicone’s environmental effects, we’re understandably concerned and want to avoid contributing to this growing issue.That’s why we strive to ensure that Puracy ingredients are natural and biodegradable.
Why Natural Dimethicone Alternatives
Though it’s an unnatural, man-made substance, Dr. Jackson agrees that dimethicone is a good chemically-inert moisturizer. But it isn’t biodegradable, and as a result, we’ll never include it in any Puracy formulas.We know that natural skincare ingredients perform similar functions to their synthetic counterparts. Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion is a prime example: This product is formulated with natural, biodegradable, and renewable ingredients that soften and protect the skin, like aloe vera, sunflower oil, shea butter, and jojoba oil.
Puracy: Helping Your Family Live a Better, Healthier Life
The first step to avoiding dimethicone is by carefully reading labels and looking for products that pledge to use biodegradable, renewable ingredients. Next, choose items that are dimethicone, silicone- and sulfate-free – like every Puracy personal care product.
Our company’s goal is to help your family live a healthier lifestyle while helping the environment. And we’re doing that, one bottle (and BPA-free refill) at a time.