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Titanium Dioxide: Friend or Foe?

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The benefits of Titanium Dioxide are widely known. It is found in almost every sunscreen produced, because of its high refractive index and its ability to absorb UV light. Most sunscreens designed for infants or those with sensitive skin are based on Titanium Dioxide as it is believed to cause less irritation.

Despite its harsh chemical-sounding name, Titanium Dioxide is actually very much naturally-occurring. It is the oxidized version of the element Titanium. It is a substance that occurs in nature and is as old as the earth.

However, in recent years, the debate about its toxicity prevails. Much like many things, the safety of Titanium Dioxide depends on how it is manufactured. The particles used in sunscreen have to be coated by silica or alumina, because in a photocatalytic reaction (exposure to light), titanium dioxide can create radicals that are carcinogenic and can damage the skin. Moreover, avoid Titanium Dioxide that is produced into the ultra-fine particle size (smaller than coarse or fine particle size), as some studies show this size allows it to penetrate the body better and may cause some damage.

What does this mean for you? This is the definitely the case of Caveat Emptor … Let the buyer beware!

You can use Titanium Dioxide safely, but you have to do your research. As buyers and users of products, we have the responsibility of researching what materials go into your products, especially those are absorbed through our largest organ, our skin.

Here at 1 Skin, we use Titanium Dioxide, but only as an option for those that choose to add it to our custom-made lip balms. You will be glad to note that the Titanium Dioxide we use is listed as a safe pigment, with no known adverse effects. It is not listed as a carcinogen, mutagen or toxin in any safety regulatory publication.

This does not end the debate, but rest assured, 1 Skin supports beauty that is “good for you”, and we endeavour to do our research prior to including ingredients into our line. 1 Skin absolutely insists on making pure, natural and simple choices to protect your health.

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