Is Silicone Vegan?

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Veganism is not a fad diet. It’s now become a lifestyle, and it’s here to stay. Not only are grocery stores filled with a growing number of vegan options, beauty retailers are also carrying more animal by-product conscious products. It’s really a shift in the collective conscious, embraced the most by the Millenials. Whether you’re 100% vegan, or just looking to get a foothold, you may now be in the market for vegan skincare.  

The search, therefore, to find quality vegan beauty products has gotten a lot easier. A lot of companies have launched vegan beauty products. Ingredients such as carmins, lanolin, collagen, tallow or beesax are pushed out of the way in preference for vegan options. In regards to anti-wrinkle products that use silicone, the vegan option is looking rosy. 

SilcSkin, the leader in anti-wrinkle pads uses medical grade silicone that’s gone through a platinum-curing process to produce the most refined silicone possible. Silicone is a synthetic polymer made of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon and is typically in the form of a liquid or rubbery, plastic-like material. It is considered vegan because none of its components are derived from animals. SilcSkin does not use animals in the testing of their products. 

In order to make silicone, sand is heated to isolate the pure silicon which is then processed to create silicone. Silicon is an element and is vegan. Silicon, silicone and silica/silica gel are all considered vegan. Silicon is simply a mineral (atomic number 14) which is derived from the earth’s crust, and silicone and silica gel are composed of silicon along with other atoms or compounds like H20 and HCI.