When it comes to looking picture perfect on the daily, who doesn’t want a product that hides large pores and leaves your complexion looking flawless? This is exactly why so many people rely on silicone based primers as the first step to their makeup routine, creating a base that masks pores and smooths the skin’s surface. However, using a chemical like silicone on your skin comes with some potential risks. Read on and find out the truth about using a silicone based primer, and why you should consider natural alternatives instead:
What Is Silicone?
Decades ago, silicone was probably best known as the material for controversial breast implants. A chemical compound derived from naturally-occurring silicon (without an “e”), the silicone product is actually a synthetic polymer, created when oxygen and hydrocarbons combine with silicon (Live Science). Because of its silky, plastic-like texture, innovators have discovered an increasing number of uses for the compound. In recent years, silicone has found additional ways into our homes and industries through cosmetics and shampoos, cookware, industrial lubricant and even baby bottles (MindBodyGreen). In cosmetics, silicone applies as a smooth layer on the skin to blur out the look of pores and fine lines. Also, its plastic-y feel helps makeup adhere to its surface, ensuring that it stays put for the day.
Is silicone toxic?
Many experts consider silicone non-toxic and completely stable. Even Health Canada states (about silicone cookware): “There are no known health hazards associated with the use of silicone cookware. Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.”
However, one study did discover that a few siloxanes - toxic compounds from silicone which are potential endocrine disruptors - were found in certain liquids in contact with silicone. In short, silicone is probably safe but the jury’s still out.
Are silicone based primers bad for your skin?
If silicone is not likely to be dangerous, what’s the problem with using silicone in your personal care products? The issue with silicone on the complexion is its application as a synthetic layer on top of the skin. Because of its ability to seal off the skin with its plastic-like qualities, silicone affects the health of your skin in a number of ways:
1. Seals your pores
Silicone lies on top of your pores as an impenetrable layer. As a result, minimal moisture can enter your skin. Also, any potential benefits from skin care products are blocked from entering the skin.
2. Traps dirt and sebum
Nothing gets in but also, nothing gets out. All the dirt and sebum in your pores stay trapped in there, potentially causing inflammation or even triggering acne breakouts.
3. Enlarges pores
Although silicone based primers mask the appearance of large pores, regular use may actually increase pore size. As impurities fail to escape pores, buildup increases in pores causing them to stretch out in size.
If you’re despondent to learn that the first step in your makeup routine is a skin care no-no, you’ll be relieved to discover natural alternatives. Eminence Organics Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate uses lactic acid, ribose and the natural extracts of red clover flower to create primer-like results for skin that’s selfie-ready 24/7. These three key ingredients dissolve impurities and dead skin cells, clearing out the pores and shrinking their appearance. Instead of relying on silicone to merely mask the look of large pores, our natural alternative actually makes pores smaller. In fact, 84% of our study subjects agree that after 30 days of using the Mangosteen Lactic Collection, pore size is reduced and skin texture is refined.
Looking for another natural option or an additional step after the Mangsteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate? Prep your skin like a pro with our Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF 23. This primer with SPF prepares your complexion with a formulation using natural mineral ingredients rather than pore-clogging silicones. As Allure explains in their Ultimate Guide To Makeup Primer, primers can prepare your complexion in different ways, including these key features for the Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF 23:
Provides Broad Spectrum Sun Protection
Formulated with SPF 23, the Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer shields the skin from both UVA and UVB sun rays. Additionally, if you are spending more time indoors (and in front of a screen) this mineral primer also visibly improves the appearance of any blue light damage. Apply after serums and moisturizers for a protective base that is the perfect canvas for any makeup that comes afterwards.
Compared to the Mangosteen Resurfacing Concentrate which perfects the skin by minimizing pores, the LIlikoi Light Defense Face Primer SPF 23 achieves flawlessness by layering on a soft focus effect. Made with encapsulated mica, this primer harnesses these luminescent minerals to create a subtle radiance.
Watch Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar talk about silicone primers and natural alternatives like the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Concentrate and the Lilikoi Light Defense Face Primer in this In The Mix video: