Emollients, Humectants, and Silicones enhance soaps and cosmetics. Emollients are ingredients that have a softening or soothing effect to the skin, and are commonly used in creams/lotions. Humectants are ingredients that help retain moisture. They can be used in formulations to draw moisture to the skin or hair. Finally silicones, improve the texture and feel of lotions and perfumes. It gives products slip and glide without tackiness.
When used as a perfume base, cyclomethicone quickly evaporates leaving a silky film on the skin. When used as an additive in skincare formulas, it improves absorption of oils while providing a non-greasy, silky-soft note to the product.
Dimethicone, also known as silicone oil, has distinctive properties that make it a useful ingredient in cosmetics such as skin and hair care products. This Dimethicone is a skin protectant and emollient with a medium viscosity of 350 centistokes; giving cosmetics slip and glide without tackiness.