Silicones have played a major role in cosmetics and personal care products; so why are companies opting not to use them?
Whether it be due to increased acne, health issues or environmental awareness, many consumers are starting to gear towards products that are silicone-free, and beauty companies are answering their call. Here we will take a glance at the reasons behind this increased beauty trend, and solutions for your business to stay relevant.
The Silicone-Free Consumer
In a recent blog by the Klog, a well-known beauty blog backed by dermatologists, the safety and components of silicone in beauty products was examined. In the blog Is it Safe to Use Silicones in Skin Care, doctors agreed that while topically applied silicones are generally considered safe, they can increase the penetration of other ingredients included in specific products. An example would be silicone increasing the penetration of potentially pore-clogging ingredients, thereby leading to increased acne, or even blocking certain ingredients from other products that would normally hydrate the skin.
These reasons combined with claims that some of these silicone based beauty products are polluting the environment are causing many beauty bloggers, and their readers, to start discussing alternatives to their traditional skin care routines.
When it comes to silicone-free products, some aspects your consumers may be on the hunt for include:
- Eco friendliness
- A reduction in harmful health effects
- Nutrient-rich ingredients
- Clog-free pores
- Protection from premature aging
Many companies are already creating alternatives to products with dimethicone. Whether they are using aloe vera and raw cold pressed unrefined plant oils and extracts, like Miessence’s skin care, or other alternatives for their entire beauty line, like Innolex’s LexFeel brand, Univar Solutions is already staying on top of this trend and even helping some of these companies create new products.
Your Alternative Skin Care Solution
The time to attract your consumers with products that appeal to their needs is now. Our lab formulation experts have already developed several skin care products to help enhance our customer’s skin care lines.
Our Prep Defense Face Primer has been formulated as a silicone-free primer infused with hemectants. It helps keep the skin hydrated and contains anti-oxidant vitamins to protect against urban stress and blue light damage, appealing to those who are looking for a soft-focus blurring powder that helps smooth the look of skin while absorbing excess oils for an airbrushed matte finish.
Univar Solutions has also formulated a Dream Cloud Moisturizing Gel Cream for companies such as Dow and Solvay. This pink grapefruit cream is formulated without silicones and provides an instant moisture boost for consumers looking for an extra dose of hydration.
For the end user searching for products with nutrient-rich ingredients, our formulators have developed the Hydrate & Delight Me Taffy Crème. This skin cream delivers rich emollients as well as moisturizing capabilities in a silicon-free formula.
Ready to join and even surpass your competition in this rising beauty trend? Our lab formulation experts can help you develop new or existing products and even raw material sourcing to match benchmarks. Contact us today and see how we can help launch your skin care line to the next level.