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Everything you Need to Know About Dimethicone

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Dimethicone is one of those ingredients that everyone has been talking about for the last few years. It’s often used in primers and other similar skincare as it gives the skin a smooth, silky feeling, but what actually is dimethicone and what is the benefit of having it in your routine? Today, we’re taking a look at everything you need to know about dimethicone:

What is dimethicone?

Dimethicone is a silicone-based ingredient used in many personal care products. It keeps all of the ingredients in a product from separating. It also gives these products a smooth, silky texture. When applied to the skin or hair, dimethicone creates a physical barrier to seal in hydration, keeping skin moisturised and hair frizz-free.

What are the benefits of having dimethicone in your skincare?

Dimethicone improves the texture of skincare and cosmetic products, helps to improve the appearance of the skin, giving it that plump, hydrated look, and can help to prevent moisture loss. It’s also used to create a protective barrier on the skin that blocks external agents like arid air and pollutants from reaching the skin while locking in moisture. In fact, one study found that a majority of skin care products use dimethicone for its moisturising capabilities.

Which are the best products containing dimethicone?

SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector

SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector is a lightweight lotion which evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of skin discolouration.  It is clinically proven to improve the appearance of stubborn hyperpigmentation and boost the appearance of skin tone. 

Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF30

Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 will help even your skin tone and texture allowing for a smoother application and longer lasting coverage of makeup to follow. It is suitable for drier or prematurely-ageing skin.

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex is an anti-wrinkle eye cream that contains a combination of ingredients formulated to target the visible signs of ageing skin. This eye cream improves the appearance of crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness.

Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30

Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF30 is a lightweight, ultra-sheer Broad Spectrum sunscreen helps prevent shine, regulate oil production and soothe inflammation. Oil-absorbers help maintain an all-day matte finish without a powdery residue.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque is an intensive calming facial mask formulated to soothe and replenish skin discomfort and sensitivity. It delivers intense cooling and calming comfort to skin sensitivity and is suitable for irritated, sensitive skin prone to temporary redness.