Why choose silicone in cosmetics firstly?

Silicone is a modern new polymer material that is widely used in various industrial fields, such as silicone adhesives. As the market for daily personal care and cosmetics expands, medical-grade silicone also plays an important role in it. Why choose silicones in cosmetics?

Silicone raw material is a commonly used and important cosmetic raw material, such as silicone resin, and silicone oil, silicone gels for scar reduction. Silicone is mainly used to improve the stability, touch of the skin surface, and efficacy of cosmetics due to its special structure, which is characterized by good film-forming, adhesion, and hydrophobicity, and does not clog pores. This ingredient has the advantages of low cost, and good compatibility with other ingredients, and is widely used in various types of personal care products, especially in lipstick, lip glaze, lip gloss, eyeliner, mascara, and other makeup formulations.

The following is mainly from five aspects of the specific application of silicone in cosmetics:

1. What is silicone?

Silicone is an organic compound containing silicon and carbon elements, in which at least one organic group is directly connected to the silicon atom. There are many forms, such as silicone resin and silicone oil, silicone gel, and so on.

Polysiloxane resins are a new class of highly cross-linked organic polysiloxanes consisting of a Si-O-Si backbone and organic functional substituents attached to silicon atoms, with a caged, dendritic, branched, or ladder-like morphology in the cross-linked structure. Polysiloxane resins can be either a clear liquid or a powdered solid.

Silicone oils, also known as silicone fluids, are a class of silicone polymers. Through the difunctional and monofunctional silicone monomer by hydrolysis polycondensation formed the linear structure of the oil. Generally, it is a colorless, odorless, non-toxic, non-volatile liquid.

2. What are the advantages of silicone?

Silicones have many advantages and are suitable for a wide range of cosmetics.

(1) Good stability

Silicone has excellent stability, is not easy to separate, disintegrate, and deteriorate, and can enhance the stability of cosmetics.

(2) Good sensory effect

Silicone can improve the touch and skin feel of skin care products, making the products easy to push away and more comfortable.

XJY-801 Spherical Silicone Resin Powder is a class of true spherical, particle size distribution of narrow solid powder, its chemical structure for insoluble, non-fusible trifunctional components of densely crosslinked curing resin. XJY-801 has 2-10um in a variety of particle size series, it has excellent touch, spreadability, and smoothness and is widely used in skin care products and cosmetics formulations.

(3) Low cost

Compared with other functional ingredients, the cost of silicone is lower, within the affordable range of ordinary consumers.

(4) Good compatibility with other ingredients

Silicone and a variety of cosmetic ingredients compatibility, and other ingredients will not be mixed with chemical reactions, which is particularly important for the design of cosmetic ingredient formulations.

3. What is the role of silicone in cosmetics?

The specific role of silicone in cosmetics is as follows:

3.1 Enhance the stability of cosmetics

Silicones have excellent emulsification, dispersion, stability, and other characteristics, can enhance the stability of cosmetics, to avoid separation of ingredients and shock, and can increase the shelf life of the product.

3.2 Improve product touch and skin feel

Silicone can improve the touch and skin feel of cosmetics so that the product feels smoother, more delicate, easy to push open, and has better absorption ability.

3.3 Improve skin feel

Silicones can make cosmetics have better moisturizing and nourishing properties, which can relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness of the skin, thus improving skin feel and comfort but will not cause clogged pores.

3.4 Enhance product effect

Silicone can enhance the effectiveness of cosmetics. For example, silicone resins can be used to prepare emollients and sunscreens, which can increase the SPF, UV-A, and B protection of these products.

4. What are the cosmetic applications of silicone?

4.1 Color Cosmetic Systems

Silicone has excellent film-forming, hydrophobicity, and moisturizing properties, film-forming long-lasting, wash-resistant, and especially suitable for eye makeup, lip gloss, non-stick lipstick, foundation, and other formulations in the system, the resulting finished product color uniformity, system stability, not easy to fall out of the color, no skin irritation phenomenon.

XJY-8203/8205 Trimethylsiloxysilicate TMS (Silicone MQ Resin) is a solid silicone resin powder, which has good film-forming properties. The soft-touch it forms provides excellent water resistance and can be used in a variety of skin care formulations. It can be applied in color cosmetics (lipstick, lip gloss, eyeliner, BB), etc.

XJY-058 Cyclic-free Silicone Fluid is an MT-structured methyl polytrimethylsiloxane oligomer, acyclic, colorless and non-irritating, with excellent volatility and spreadability, compatible with a wide range of cosmetics, with a light, refreshing, non-greasy texture, giving the skin a soft silky feel, improving formulations and tactile sensations, and without long-lasting residues, making it an ideal raw material commonly used in cosmetic formulations. It can be used as a substitute for D5 in cosmetics, commonly used as an emollient, thickening agent emulsifier, etc. The main effects include:

(1) Increase lubricity: It has good lubricity, which can make cosmetics easier to spread and push away, and the skin feels soft and smooth after use.

(2) Improve the touch: It can give cosmetics a soft, plump texture and make the skin feel more comfortable.

(3) Enhance water resistance: It has a certain waterproof and sweatproof performance and is suitable for manufacturing sunscreen, mascara, lipstick, and other products.

4.1.1 Lipstick and lipstick

Silicones can improve the durability, gloss, and durability of lipstick. Lipstick using silicone can provide a better lip moisturizing effect, reduce lip lines, and make lips fuller.

4.1.2 Eye shadow

Silicone can enhance the adhesion and durability of eye shadows, making them less likely to fall off or fade. In addition, silicone can also improve the water-resistance of eye shadow, so that it can still maintain a good makeup effect in a wet environment.

4.1.3 Primer

Silicone can be used as an ingredient in foundations and concealers to provide good adhesion, coverage, and water resistance, and do not clog pores. In addition, silicones can improve the skin's surface feel and make the foundation more comfortable.

4.1.4 Mascara and eyelash growth solution

Silicone can improve the adhesion, waterproof performance, and longevity of mascara and eyelash growth solutions. Products using silicone provide better eyelash protection and growth.

4.2 Skin Care Systems

Silicone can remove dead skin cells to help skin resurface faster, it does not irritate sensitive skin and acne-prone skin in the skincare routine, which is an important component of the BB cream, isolation cream, and other skincare products.

XJY - 8205C/M/I Trimethylsiloxysilicate Blends have good film-forming properties. The soft-touch it forms provides excellent water resistance and can be used in a variety of skin surface care formulations including oily skin and clogged pores skin.

For example, in sunscreen products, silicone resin can be used as a component of sunscreen products to provide good UV shielding performance. In addition, silicone resins can also provide certain waterproof performance and improve the durability of sunscreen products.

XJY-804M Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer/Trimethylsiloxysilicate/Cyclopentasiloxane Compound is a kind of silicone elastomer gel that can absorb excess oil on the skin and has a matte effect, and it is an ideal material used in the sunscreen to improve the SPA ratings.

4.3 Hair Care Systems

Silicones can be used as skin and hair surface protection film forming agents, such as Methyl MQ silicone resin with dimethyl siloxane, it is used in cosmetics, as a surface protective coating film, which can eliminate the viscosity of silicone oil and improve the slipperiness, resistance to scuffing.

Silicone products containing phenyl have a higher refractive index and are used in shampoo and conditioning formulations to give hair a shinier shine. Combability is an important indicator of the conditioning effect of shampoo and conditioning products. Liquid aminophenyl silicone resins can be effectively adsorbed on the hair surface to form a smooth, soft hydrophobic oil protective layer.

Silicone raw materials used in hair care formulations can reduce the friction between dry and wet hair and combs to improve combability, thus making hair smooth and easy to comb.

For example, in hair care products: Silicones can be used in conditioners, hair masks, and hair sprays to provide smoothness, shine, and long-lasting hair care. Silicones can protect hair from external environmental damage and make hair healthier.

XJY-056 Phenyl Trimethicone (Phenyl Modified Fluids) has a remarkably high refractive index and can be used in the personal care industry such as hair care and color cosmetics. It has properties such as soft lubrication, antioxidants, and good compatibility with cosmetic ingredients.

5. How to make cosmetics perform better?

Industrialized mature and stable mass production of silicone raw materials can be widely used in a variety of personal care products, including color cosmetics products, to give it the ultimate beauty and color, fixing, brightening, breathable, waterproof properties, excellent product performance, quality, and stability, with excellent film-forming properties. How to improve the competitiveness of your skincare and beauty products??

XJY Silicones is one of the leading silicone MQ resin and VMQ silicone manufacturers in China, with more than 30 years of R&D and manufacturing experience in the silicone industry as well as more than 15 related patents and technical support. Our silicone-based products material can meet the needs of the cosmetic field and support the provision of diversified customized solutions.