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INGREDIENT CONTREVERSY

While writing this blog and doing plenty of research through scientific journals, dermatologist’s opinions, and bloggers there has been a buffet of false information available for anyone searching for answers. Which can be overwhelming for anyone trying to access solid, cold, hard facts. So below we will discuss a few controversial ingredients from a scientific point of view, without the jargon.

SILCONE

Silicone does not clog pores, let’s get that straight. The molecules are too large to penetrate the skin unless there is an open wound on the skin.
“From a chemistry standpoint, silicones are polymers consisting of the natural mineral silicon— sometimes referred to as silica—and oxygen, ”explains Bryan Barron, director of skincare research at Paula’s Choice.
On the other hand, linear silicones—dimethicone is a key example in the beauty industry—have been shown to help improve skin texture, fill in wrinkles and condition the hair without the concerns associated with cyclic silicones.
However, according to “silicones are consideredair-permeable, meaning they don’t suffocate theskin,” he says, stressing, “There’s not a shred ofevidence that silicones clog pores or in any waytrigger or worsen acne.”
A proper cleansing routine can combat any”build up” on the skin by simply double-cleansing.

BENEFITS OF SILCONE

Silicones create a barrier on the skin that binds water in. While word barrier conjures seems a bit restrictive but seeing them as more as a net that is both protective and breathable.
They seal in hydration and the befits in your routine, that being said silicones are best used in products at the end of your routine eg facial oil, a moisturizer or a sleeping mask.

MINERAL OIL

Mineral oil is a hydrocarbon that locks in moisture to heal dry skin and makes your beauty products feel smooth and luxurious.
There isn’t any scientifically backed evidence that mineral oil clogs pores, and the mineral oils found in skincare will typically be rated as foodgrade by the Food and Drug Administration.
However, because mineral oil tends to form a protective layer on the skin, it may trap some other ingredients onto that top layer of the MINERAL OIL epidermis, which might lead to clogged pores if that ingredient is known to be pore-clogging.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that all skin is different, and it’s important to monitor how. Mineral oil is used

ALCOHOL

We’ve all heard that alcohols dry out the skin and we should stay far away from them but it really just depends on the type of alcohol.
Alcohols are a group of organic compounds that come in a variety of forms, some of which are good and some of which are bad.
Good alcohols have a high molecular weight, while low–molecular weight alcohols are bad.
The drying types are ethanol or ethyl alcohol, ALCOHOL THE DOSAGE MAKES THE POISION denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol, all of which may be drying, sensitizing, or damaging to the skin’s moisture barrier.
Alcohol causes dryness, disruption of the surface of skin’s microbiome and barrier and adds strain on how skin replenishes, the amount of time it takes and how much help it would need to recover.
Using alcohol heavy products on oily skin causes only short term benefits in the long run it can lead to an increase in enlarged pores and irritated skin producing a lot of skin texture.

THE DOSAGE MAKES THE POISION

As with the ingredients mentioned above, they are not bad across the board but they have specific uses in products.

Silicones create a breathable net to lock in hydration, moisture and extracts/ antioxidants found in products.

Mineral oil has its benefits also especially in lip products such as lip gloss. However, we refrain from using it in our products because of its association with petroleum and oil for environmental reasons.

Alcohol has its place in disinfecting but they vary in skincare so look out for the good ones on your labels.

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