I’ve recently mentioned about how silicone-based products have made quite a difference in my regime. They help present a smoother, more refined texture by filling in pores, wrinkles and fine lines. I tend to use them only in the day due to its efficacy in minimizing excess sebum and shine – ESTEE LAUDER Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator(☆) and SHISEIDO Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum(☆).
Silicone is a good water-binding agent, and helps makeup adhere to the skin better, hence its frequent use in primers and foundations. The ones I often use are L’OREAL BaseMagique Transforming Smoothing Primer(known as Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base in the US), fills in pores exceptionally well; SEPHORA Smoothing Primer, a friendly alternative to SMASHBOX Photo Finish primers and provides a great deal of slip with its runny consistency; CLARINS Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate – I use it primarily to smooth my laugh lines, as well as filling in the lines around my eyes. This product is a pen-friendly version of the industry favorite Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch.
Also often incorporated in hair products; silicones help seal moisture into your hair cuticles so that your tresses remain well-conditioned for a longer duration, and help smooth frizz. The one drawback is the appearance of greasy hair when applied too heavily. 2 favorites of mine are PHYTO Finishing Serum(☆) and LUCIDO-L Silky Straight Serum(☆).
This silica-derived substance is also used extensively in healing wounds and lighten scar marks such as LA ROCHE-POSAY Cicaplast – a silicone-based gel that calms and soothes irritated skin, and doubles up as a makeup primer – creates a barrier between makeup and skin.
There are various concerns pertaining to pore-clogging, and that silicone could lead to allergic reactions or worsen acne. According to Valerie Monroe, beauty director of O, the Oprah Magazine and her dermatologist Jennifer Linder, the substance “doesn’t penetrate the skin.” Paula Begoun, founder of Paula’s Choice skin care, has also dismissed these subjective claims.
There are still a handful of people who have experienced breakouts due to sensitivity, even with the slightest amount of silicone involved. Thus I would advise to obtain a sample, especially if it’s a skin care product, and do a patch test.