Dimethicone crosspolymer (also called silicone elastomers) are commonly used to modify the rheology and sensory properties of personal care formulations. These silicone elastomers are based on cross-linked dimethicone and are usually provided in the form of swollen gels containing various silicones, such as cyclopentasiloxane or dimethicone. Dimethicone crosspolymer not only exists in the form of an elastomer gel composed of a silicone elastomer swelled with a silicone fluid, but also exists in the form of powders, emulsions or surfactants.
Dimethicone crosspolymer is an excellent ingredient in silicone personal care products, and may help improve the appearance of dry skin and flakiness. Dimethicone crosspolymer is occlusive, which means it can protect the skin and prevent moisture loss from the skin surface. The emollient properties of dimethicone can help to soothe the skin and give it a hydrated appearance without leaving the greasy residue left by other hydration components.
In addition, Dimethicone crosspolymer by SiSiB, a reputable custom silicone manufacturer, reduces the tackiness of the formulation. It imparts a dry, non-greasy, but silky smooth and exceptionally pleasant skin feel. Dimethicone crosspolymer can also temporarily reduce the appearance of unsightly fine wrinkles, thereby making the skin complexion smoother.
Dimethicone crosspolymer is also an excellent ingredient in hair care products and hair conditioners. It provides controlled conditioning effects and makes unhealthy and damaged hair look smoother and feel silkier.
SiSiB developed innovative sugar-modified & PEG-free silicone elastomer gels SiSiB® PC16468, which is a mixture of high molecular weight Dimethicone (and) Vinyldimethicone Ethoxy Glucoside Crosspolymer in an environmentally friendly carrier, which is either linear dimethicone or branched caprylyl trimethicone. SiSiB® PC16468 is a transparent gel having self-emulsifying effect due to Glucose, which allows it to be formulated into W/O emulsions, W/Si emulsions, and O/W emulsions to provide dry smoothness and a light silky skin and non-greasy feel. This Sugar-modified PEG free Silicone Crosspolymer has a special structure without any PE safety risk concerns caused by polyether-based emulsifiers.
Dimethicone crosspolymer are also used as thickeners in the preparation of water-in-silicone formulations by increasing the viscosity. In addition, Dimethicone crosspolymer can be used as stabilizers due to their natural compatibility with various lipophilic active ingredients, such as fragrances, UV filters, and anti-aging active agents.