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The truth of non-staining lip products

There is a saying that

Products which don’t stain has lots of chemicals, let’s avoid using it.

Hmmm…how much do you think it is true?

Today, let’s dive deeper into the scientific facts of non-staining lip products!

As of the purpose of today’s topic, we are putting our main focus on the ingredients used. The statement about “non-staining product contains lots of chemicals” is true but it is false at the same thing. You know what, in general, it doesn’t matter staining or non-staining products, very likely all of them have lots of chemicals in it, depending on how the company formulates and produced it.

Sorry for the bragging, long story short, whether a lipstick or lip product stains or not, it all depends on just ONE ingredient, the silicone-based ingredients. It could be Dimethicone, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cyclomethicone, Cyclo-dimethicone, or Silica Dimethyl Silylate. You can easily google what are them, as we will not dive into each of these silicone-based examples, but there’s one thing you need to know… Any of these ingredients do the same thing, and it does not need more than one of these to make the product non-staining.

What is silicone-based?

From a scientific point of view, cosmetic grade silicone is safe to be used by consumers, that’s the FACT and it’s always been like that. However, when you are googling the related topics, sometimes you will find something like “cosmetic grade silicone causes allergic reactions, it is a skin irritant, and clogs pores”. Great, another thing for us to dive deeper.

FACT: Synthesized cosmetic grade silicones are derived from mineral components known to have extremely low allergen occurrences. How much we didn’t want to believe in it, the truth is… nothing is 100% non-allergenic. Someone somewhere will be experiencing an allergic reaction to even the most inert ingredient or carefully formulated product. The reason is simple, everybody is unique and different.

Example: Aquagenic Urticaria, known as a water allergy reaction, is urticaria (hives) which causes painful skin when one with this allergic comes in contact with water. Now, even water as the most common ingredient for a human-being causes an allergic reaction to someone somewhere.

Not convinced?

“Many people believe that because silicones create a barrier on the skin, they must suffocate it, and clog pores.”

Sorry to disappoint, but there is NO clinical data to support the claims. Cosmetic grade silicones are derived from silica (also known as silicon dioxide). Their particular molecule structure is made of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. They create a barrier matrix that is both protective and breathable on the skin’s surface. Their molecular size makes it impossible to migrate past the Epidermis.

The wide spaces between molecules make silicones an ideal delivery system for active ingredients that require extended absorption time. These actives remain suspended in the inert silicone matrix (sitting on the skin’s surface), so they can absorb slowly. Inert means it doesn’t react with anything.

Did you know?

Silicone-based makeups are ideal for acne-prone or other sensitive skin types.


The AAD (American Academy of Dermatology) cites the inert, non-reactive properties of cosmetic grade silicone as “a helpful ingredient in makeup products, like foundation, for cystic acne and rosacea patients. Silicone-based foundation can help reduce skin redness, stinging, or irritation normally associated with the application of face makeup on these skin-types.”

So, complexion cosmetics with a silicone-based carrier emulsion are well-suited to hypersensitive or reactive skin conditions. With that being said, they are also preferable for post-cosmetic surgery patients as “cover-up” during recovery.

Hmmm… then how does silicone works to prevent stains on the color cosmetics?The silicone act as a sealant that helps to seal and lock down those color cosmetics and prevent the transfer of those color cosmetics that makes it non-staining. It will also smooth out your lipsticks to prevent chapped or cracked lips. As an inert compound, it does not react with any of the ingredients or any lip balm you used to apply before your lips product. What’s better? It does not even absorb through your epidermis layer, A.K.A waterproof sealant.

Fuh…never expected this to be such a long article. We hope that it clears your misunderstanding about staining and non-staining product myth, so you can look into cosmetic products with a better perspective. Tell us what kind of ingredients that you would like to look into detail or any myth or claims that you think it is not true, we will look into it detail and release a proper article for you and everyone.

If you are looking for one to try, the Monae Beauty® features the Rouge Adoré Collagen Lip Cream, with choices of normal and travel sizes. 8 different beautiful shades that are non-staining and long-lasting.

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