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Healthy Makeup For Skin: Titanium Dioxide

 

 

Mineral powder makeup is promoted as a healthy makeup for skin as it contains natural ingredients that work with the skin and promotes its health. Other more traditional cosmetics often simply cover the skin and prevent its normal functions.

One ingredient regularly used in all natural makeup is titanium dioxide.

This substance is a natural sunscreen as it absorbs, reflects or scatters ultra violet light and naturally offers a protection of SPF20. Titanium dioxide also gives whiteness to all natural makeup and reduces its transparency.

There have been some reports that titanium dioxide might be carcinogenic. A carcinogen is any substance that encourages cells to malfunction and to become cancerous. There have been several studies recently in an attempt to understand if the substance represents a risk or not.

In 1985, a study with the snappy title “Pulmonary Response of Rats Exposed to Titanium Dioxide by Inhalation for Two Years” discovered that rats exposed to titanium dioxide dust for six hours a day, five days a week for two years did develop slight lung tumours. However another study in 2004 discovered that the same exposure had no effect on other rodents or indeed on larger mammals (such as humans) so there is a danger peculiar to rats alone. This conclusion had also been formed following another study by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Food and Health organization in 1969.

In any case it would be extremely unlikely that any human would be exposed to the high levels of titanium dioxide used in these studies. One could say that too much of anything would be bad for us.

One type of titanium dioxide that has been causing some concern in recent years is the use of nanoparticles of the substance. Indeed, there is concern about the use of nanoparticles, or microscopic particles, of any substance.  Some evidence shows that small enough particles of a material could penetrate the cells, leading to a fear of cancer creation. It may be wise to treat any cosmetics using this technology with caution.

In conclusion it is always wise for any consumers to be informed about the products and their ingredients being used on the skin. In general it still seems that any cosmetics using small amounts of titanium dioxide represent healthy makeup for skin.

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