Silicones in Cosmetics: A Dilemma Between Skin and Environment

Silicones are among the most talked about ingredients in the world of cosmetics. While many consider them essential for their texturizing and long-lasting properties, others criticize them for their environmental impact.

What Are Silicones?

Silicones are polymers derived from silicon, characterized by unique properties such as hydrophobicity, photostability, resistance to oxidation and tendency not to react with other chemical elements. These characteristics make them perfect for creating cosmetic products with silky and durable textures. The most common silicones in cosmetics include Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane, known as Dimethicone and Cyclopentasiloxane, respectively, in the INCI.

Use of Silicones in Cosmetics

Silicones are used mainly for their technical properties. They create a water-repellent barrier that protects the skin from external agents and prevents moisture loss, promoting passive hydration. They also improve the texture of products, making them softer and silkier.

Debating the Use of Silicones


  • Protection: They form a barrier that protects the skin from pollution and other irritants.
  • Hydration: They prevent water evaporation from the skin, keeping it hydrated.
  • Texture: They make products more pleasant to the touch and application.


  • Occlusion: Some argue that they can be occlusive, causing asphyxiated skin and impurities.
  • Environmental Impact: They are poorly biodegradable and can accumulate in the environment, especially in aquatic ecosystems, compromising the biodiversity and health of marine habitats. This issue has prompted the scientific community and international regulations to increasingly strictly regulate the use of silicones in cosmetics.

Our Vision: Silicone-Free Formulations

Most Skincare has always chosen to exclude silicones from formulations.

We believe that it is possible to create effective and safe cosmetics without compromising the health of our planet. All our products are formulated without silicones, using natural alternatives that respect the skin and the environment. Here are some of the solutions we adopt:

  • Natural Oils and Butters: we use vegetable oils and butters that nourish and moisturize the skin without occluding it such as Shea butter and liquid Jojoba wax.
  • Natural Minerals: ingredients such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide offer protection and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Natural Powders: such as Lauroyl lysine with texturizing and conditioning properties.

In conclusion, while silicones continue to be a topic of debate, our commitment is clear: we prefer solutions that protect our skin and our planet. We are proud to offer products that combine innovation and sustainability, ensuring uncompromising beauty and well-being.