Titanium dioxide is a mineral substance that is processed into a fine, white powder. The ingredient occurs naturally as the minerals rutile and anatase or can be produced synthetically from the mineral ilmenite. Due to its bright pigment and light-reflective properties, titanium dioxide has many applications in cosmetics and skin care products.
Because of its ability to scatter light, titanium dioxide makes a great sunscreen ingredient. It is commonly used as an active ingredient in physical sunscreens to protect the skin from UV light. Titanium dioxide skin care products offer broad-spectrum UV protection, shielding your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. This can help you slow down skin aging and reduce the risk of cancer.
Unlike chemical UV filters that may get absorbed into your bloodstream, titanium dioxide ingredients do not go deep into the skin. Since its particles are relatively large, titanium dioxide sits on top of the skin, forming a barrier of protection. This protective coating reflects UV light away from the skin to minimize your body’s exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.