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March 04, 2024 2 min read

 

Have you ever wondered if the makeup you wear every day is contributing to your fine lines and dull skin?

Titanium dioxide is likely the culprit.

This common ingredient can be found in most cosmetics, including foundation, powder, and sunscreen. But is it really safe to use? And could it be causing premature ageing? Let's find out.

What is Titanium Dioxide?

Titanium dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral that is commonly used as a pigment in cosmetics. It is known for its ability to provide a bright white colour and opacity to products.

 

Is Titanium Dioxide Safe?

The safety of titanium dioxide has been a topic of concern for many years. Recent research has shown that it not only damages skin cells but also can lead to cancer.

Learn more here.

 

Why is Titanium Dioxide bad for your skin?

The photochemical properties of titanium dioxide causes the production of free radicals when exposed to UV light. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that cause damage to cells, dna and tissues, through a process called oxidative stress.

This means that when the Titanium Dioxide in your foundation is exposed to UV light (ie sunlight) on your skin, it creates free radicals that attack and ravage your skin cells causing premature ageing, wrinkles, skin sagging, age spots, dryness, irritation and inflammation.

How to Tell if Titanium Dioxide is Causing your skin to Prematurely Age?

If you suspect that titanium dioxide in your makeup is causing premature ageing, there are a few signs to look out for. One common symptom is increased dryness or irritation of the skin. You may also notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a dull complexion. If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be worth removing Titanium Dioxide from your beauty routine.

What Can You Do?

If you are concerned about the potential effects of titanium dioxide on your skin, there are a few steps you can take. First, try switching to makeup products that don't  contain titanium dioxide like MG Naturals, switch to Zinc Oxide based sunscreens and start reading your labels to avoid this common irritant.

 

 

Kailah Shannon
Kailah Shannon



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