All You Need to Know about The Skincare Topcoat

Silicones, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and more are one group of ingredients that are best known for their occlusive properties, which is a barrier-like coating on the skin that’s resistant to both water and air making it a necessary “topcoat” for most of the skincare. These occlusive properties block harmful environment aggressors, ensuring that the moisture skincare locks in the skin.

However, these artificial coating ingredients don’t provide any benefits to the skin. They mostly deliver a smooth carrier base, thick, blendable creams, and moisturiser. The coating film produced by silicone smoothens over any fine lines and locks in moisture making the skin look and feel nice at the moment. But the sad reality is they don’t contribute to the long-term health and improvement of the skin. One thing to note is silicones, along with other film-forming ingredients, also lock in some impurities on the skin. For acne-prone skin, this film can act as a barrier that traps oil, dirt, and dead skin cells, making acne and blemishes worse.

Time to say goodbye to silicone-filled moisturisers! Thanks to more awareness in the clean beauty industry, facial oils have become a staple for the beauty routine, with a higher ability to hydrate and nourish many skin types. The best thing is face oils won’t leave your skin oily and it will not make your skin break out. These oils are packed with natural essential vitamins such as polyphenols, fatty acids, and antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and give a dewy glow to the skin. Whether your concerns are to eliminate redness, fight irritation from acne or rosacea, or simply moisturise, facial oils can be a good option compared to many skin products available on the market.

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