Emollient, Silicone


A type of silicone, dimethicone is one of the most frequently used emollient ingredients in moisturizers due to its gentleness and effectiveness. Dimethicone is considered a synthetic ingredient, even though itŠ—Ès derived from natural silicon.

Applied to skin, dimethicone forms a permeable barrier that works to prevent moisture loss and impart a wonderfully silky feel.

Dimethicome is considered safe as used in cosmetic products.

References for this information:

International Journal of Toxicology, May 2014, pages 65S-115S

The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, May 2014, pages 36-44

Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 229-233

Clinics in Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 345-348

Skin Research and Technology, May 2000, pages 77-80