- Is Truly Clear Vegan?
Truly Clear contains a component called sericin. Also known as silk amino acids or silk proteins, they are obtained by the hydrolysis of silk – a natural protein fiber. The thread obtained from the silk cocoon woven by the silkworm in the production of silk fibers. Silk proteins are considered by most vegans as animal byproducts and therefore not vegan.
- What is sericin (silk proteins) and why are they used in skincare?
Have you ever used a skincare product that left your skin feeling noticeably softer and almost silky for a long time after? The product likely contained a silk amino acid. Chances are you've been using beauty products from nail polish to shampoo containing sericin for years without knowing. Sericin works by forming a moisturizing, semi-occlusive (a barrier that stops the loss of moisture on the skin), protective, anti-wrinkle film on the skin surface, imparting an immediate, long lasting, smooth, silky feeling.
Silk proteins are found in a wide variety of skincare and beauty products under the following names:
Sericin (silk glue) – The sticky outer layer of silk. Antistatic, skin and hair conditioner and smoothing agent in cosmetics.
Hydrolyzed Silk – Chemically altered proteins from silk. Antistatic, humectant, hair and skin conditioner in cosmetics.
Sodium Lauroyl Hydrolyzed Silk – Chemically altered silk. Antistatic and hair conditioner in cosmetics.
Silk Powder – Finely ground silk. Humectant, skin and hair conditioner, and smoothing agent in cosmetics. (Also labeled as Serica Powder)
Sericin is a powerful and effective moisturizing agent found in high end skin care products more frequently since it began gaining popularity in Korean beauty regiments. Sericin is a major component of silk manufacturing and has a long history of being discarded as waste during silk processing. In an effort to utilize the byproducts of silk manufacturing, it was discovered that silk amino acids have remarkable benefits for skin's health and appearance.
protects skin from irritation
- Is sericin or other silk proteins ethical?
In terms of ethics, sericin is produced from the waste (silk cocoons) of silk manufacturing which had previously been discarded before its benefits for skin were discovered. Silkworms are not raised specifically for sericin. The choice on whether the use of this product conforms to your personal beliefs is your decision.