INCI: Dimethicone cross polymer

What is Dimethicone cross polymer?

Dimethicone crosspolymer is a polymer of dimethicone, which is crosslinked with a C3 to a C20 alkyl group. It is conceptually is a synthetic silicone polymer which is made up of repeating units of siloxane -silicone, and oxygen in elemental form, so they are also referred to as polysiloxane. Dimethicone crosspolymer is also classified as silicone elastomers.

Use & Benefits

It is used in various products to improve appearance, feels and stability. It is an excellent film former. As mentioned earlier, it forms a lattice structure on the surface of hair or skin and does let the surface actually breath. At the same time, it is a protective mesh that also protects the surface from environmental factors. It is used to increase the viscosity of any non-aqueous system; it provides a controlled release characteristic and smooth feel yet non-sticky when applied as a lotion or in the form of makeup. It also has a thickening property in any formulation, additionally, for the lipophilic actives, it imparts reasonable stability, for example, UV filters, anti-aging actives, perfumes. It also acts as a filler in case of aging skin, where it gives a temporary smooth look on the skin by filling fine lines and wrinkles. It is used body care, skin care, makeup, decorative products, sun care as well.