Why You Need to Stop Using Primer


You’ve probably heard the saying – to not prime is a crime.

Well folks, I’m here to tell you, to prime is a crime. It’s a massive crime against the health of your skin, and it’s one that many of us are making everyday as we diligently apply primer each morning.


What’s Wrong With Your Primer?

Grab your primer and check the ingredients list on the back. Chances are it contains a whopping big dose of dimethicone or one of it’s related cousins listed below:

  • Methicone
  • Phenyl trimethicone
  • Cyclomethicone
  • Dimethiconol
  • Dimethicone copolyol
  • Polydimethylsiloxane or PDMS.

Dimethicone is a silicone oil that ‘fills in’ uneven texture and fine lines. It helps create that smooth and flawless look that keeps us reaching for a primer.


Is Dimethicone Safe?

The FDA approved dimethicone as an ingredient in over-the-counter personal care products, but this does little to tell us about what it does to the health of your skin when you use it day in and day out.


Why Dimethicone is Bad For Your Skin

The artificial coating that dimethicone forms on your skin is bad news for several reasons:

  • It interferes with the skin’s natural processes and prevents it from sweating, temperature regulating, sloughing off dead skin cells etc.
  • It traps everything under it, including bacteria, sebum, and impurities, which can lead to increased breakouts and blackheads.
  • The more you use it, the more dimethicone can actually end up drying your skin, as it interferes with the natural hydrating processes. This makes fine lines and wrinkles more noticeable.

Dimethicone is also an environmental concern because it is non-biodegradable. This means it can wreck havoc with the environment during the manufacturing process and also after it’s used, in the disposable process.


What Can You Use Instead of Primer?

Start by nourishing your skin, inside and out. Work with it, rather than against it.

To help plump fine lines and create the perfect base for your makeup, pay particular attention to how well hydrated your skin is. Skin is a waterproof organ, so a water-based moisturiser (like most on the market) just isn’t going to penetrate the skin’s protective surface layers, no matter what great active ingredients it also contains.  Instead, use an oil-based product like Dr. Spiller Collagen Cream.  


Do you use a primer? How do you create the perfect base for your makeup


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