A total of 357,000 tons of silicone products is sold into this sector each year and is used in a very large range of final products in the personal care and consumer products sector. The personal care products sector alone employs millions of workers directly and indirectly.
Silicone polymers and cyclic siloxanes are used in this sector as solvents and carriers for many products. In the personal care product sector, they are used in:
- Hair, skin and sun care products
They provide a glossy or “smooth” feel as well as other processing benefits, which include transparency, lack of taste or odor, rapid evaporation from skin, and low skin irritability.