Silicon v. Silicone - What's the difference?

Silicon is a naturally occurring chemical element rarely found in its pure form. It is most commonly referred to as silica (silicon dioxide). We use silica in Defense Refresh Setting Mist, CC Cream, City Sunscreen Serum, Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Invincible Setting Powder, and our Unseen Sunscreen. Its main benefit is that it helps absorb moisture and acts as an opacifying agent. Silicon has other benefits when taken as a supplement like helping to rebuild collagen and helping the skin retain water.

Silicone is a synthetic substance made up of silicon, oxygen and other elements. We use silicones to:

  • Improve the efficacy of the sunscreens. They help disperse the sunscreen actives more evenly so that you get an even layer of protection.
  • Provide the priming benefits of filling in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing the skin and creating an even canvas for makeup to adhere to. They also help makeup last longer.
  • Help provide water resistance as they have hydrophobic nature.
  • Supergoop! only uses silicones that have been determined to be safe and effective.
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