What is titanium dioxide?
Titanium dioxide (also known as titanium oxide or TiO2) is a mineral found in the earth’s crust. It occurs naturally when titanium interacts with oxygen, but it can also be created synthetically too. Pure titanium is a naturally opaque, beautifully luminous white powder that remains stable and doesn’t change its color even when exposed to UV light.
What are the benefits of titanium dioxide?
Titanium dioxide has been used in beauty and skincare products for around 100 years, and has a number of benefits for the skin:
It adds luminosity and a dash of brilliant white color
Firstly, titanium dioxide has a naturally luminous, brilliant white color and a natural ability to reflect light, which makes it ideal for use as a brightener or luminizer in cosmetic products. In pigment form, titanium oxide can also give a gorgeous intensity to a range of on-trend lipstick and eye-shadow shades.
It can help to disguise blemishes and unwanted redness
In pigment form, titanium dioxide also has a natural opaqueness, and can be used to give cosmetic formulas greater opacity and coverage. Its opaqueness also makes particularly ideal for use in concealers, as it can help to effectively disguise spots and redness.
It can help rid the skin of unwanted shine
Thirdly, titanium dioxide helps to soak up oils on the skin, and its natural opacity means it can help to reduce unwanted shine on the face too. This makes it a great ingredient for mattifying skincare products and cosmetic lines, and one to look out for if you suffer from oily, acne-prone skin. As an absolute mineral, titanium dioxide also has fabulous staying power and is water resistant, too.
Titanium dioxide is a natural UV filter
Last but definitely not least, titanium dioxide offers invaluable natural protection from sun damage, and in doing so has huge anti-aging benefits for the skin. This fine white powder is a natural UV filter and so a common and very effective active ingredient in natural (physical) sunscreens. Titanium dioxide offers broad spectrum protection against the harmful UVA and UVB radiation that cause cell damage, helping to protect against skin cancer as well as ward off wrinkles, sagging, sun spots and other signs of aging.
How does titanium dioxide protect your skin from the sun?
Titanium dioxide is a great broad-spectrum SPF ingredient that provides a physical barrier between your skin and the sun. It remains on the outer layer of the skin and is not absorbed. Titanium dioxide works by deflecting the sun’s harmful UV and UVB rays, bouncing them away from the skin’s surface before they have a chance to do any damage.
Is titanium dioxide safe for sensitive or acne-prone skin?
Yes. Titanium dioxide is a completely natural, super gentle, non-toxic and non-irritating ingredient. This means it’s particularly well suited to sensitive skin. This all-natural earth mineral is an excellent choice for those with heat-activated skin conditions, such as rosacea, too. That’s because it deflects heat and energy from the sun away from the skin. Titanium dioxide is especially useful for protecting that super fragile skin under and around the eyes from damaging sunlight, as it won’t cause any stinging. This natural mineral is also a good sunscreen option for acne prone skin as it’s less likely to clog pores than chemical alternatives.
How is titanium dioxide used in skincare?
Titanium dioxide is used as a UV filter or whitening agent in a range of skincare products including sunscreens, pressed powders, loose powders, and creams. Natural titanium dioxide is typically ground into a finely milled white powder and coated for use in cosmetic products and sunscreens, which enhances sun protection and makes it easier to spread on the skin.