Silicones are a large group of compounds that include large
polymers containing silicon. Depending on the formula and
the degree of polymerization and cross-linking of the polymers,
they may be slippery liquids, waxes, or rubbers.
Silicones are used as emollients (skin softeners), as lubricants,
as thickeners, and as volatile liquids that make coatings feel smooth,
but evaporate without leaving a greasy residue.
Highly cross-linked silicone films are used in cosmetics to form
films that absorb sebum (skin oils) and prevent shine.
is a low viscosity, volatile liquid
used as a carrier. It lubricates, and prevents hair sprays from
being sticky to the touch. It evaporates completely, leaving no
is another name for
is used to impart a soft velvety feel to hair or skin products. It
is also used as an emulsifier for "water-in-oil" emulsions.
is a film forming resin, used to keep
hand lotions and sunscreens from washing off.
is a polysiloxane wax. It replaces
petrolatum in products such as hand lotions to give them a non-greasy
By Simon Quellen Field