Month: January 2016

Dimethicone Debate

Dimethicone: What does this word mean? Some easily impressible journalists and bloggers seem to think that it’s something really terrible that should not ever be used in cosmetic skincare. Let’s look into it, shall we.  Dimethicone’s chemical name sounds rather intimidating—Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). It is a polymer—a substance that consists of many identical molecules. Polymers are not necessarily synthesised—they can be organic too, and a lot of them are present in the human body, hyaluronic acid being one of them. Maple syrup and cane sugar are made up by polymers as well. So, we’ve established that dimethicone is a polymer. It is made up by a large number of molecules, all identical and based on silicone [O-Si(CH3)2]n. This makes dimethicone basically an organic silicone. It is an optically clear, inert and scentless silicone oil. So what makes dimethicone so attractive to cosmetic manufacturers? It is, first of all, its incredible stability. Dimethicone does not go bad in cold or hot temperatures, it is not affected by UV-radiation, it stops bacterial and fungal reproduction, and it is environmentally friendly—what’s not …

Is Skin Whitening a Racist Concept?

  “An advert for whitening pills by supplement brand Seoul Secret has caused outrage worldwide after using the tagline “white is winning”. The advert promotes Snowz pills which Seoul Secret says will lighten skin within two weeks of use. The video clip, uploaded to YouTube and Facebook yesterday, features 35-year-old Thai model and actress Cris Horwang. In the video she says: “If I stopped taking care of my body and white complexion, all that I have invested will be gone”. After she says this, her skin is shown darkening until it is completely black. A second pale model then appears smiling next to Horwang who looks on enviously and adds: “A newcomer will replace me and turn me into a dark star.” The ad ends with a narrator using the slogan: “white is winning!”” Originally published at: CosmeticBusiness.com On a scale of 1 to 10 how cringe-worthy is this? I’d say, close to 9.5. Sure, the company removed the clip and apologised: they didn’t mean to convey any discriminatory or racist message. I’d still say …