Cyclomethicone is a silicone that is used to improve the aesthetics of a formula (its dry finish can help make moisturizers feel less greasy).

References for this information:

International Journal of Toxicology, December 2011, pages 149S-227S
Journal of Sensory Studies, April 2008, pages 149-161

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