Titanium Dioxide

Titanium dioxide is an excellent physical sun shield as it protects the skin from UVA and UVB radiation and poses no risk to skin sensitivity. It has a lower tendency to break down when exposed to the sun than other sun sunscreen ingredients like octinoxate. Sunscreens containing titanium dioxide last longer, are not photosensitive and do not turn yellow or discolor when exposed to sunlight. While stable and sun-resistant, titanium dioxide does not rank as high as zinc oxide for UVA so it is important that the two are used together in a formulation.

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Squalane

Squalane is colorless, odorless and non-comedogenic – does not clog pores – making it a versatile ingredient in product formulation for most skin types. Acting as a barrier between the skin and the environment, it protects the outer layer of the epidermis while concurrently helps the skin to better retain moisture. It is used as an emollient (skin softener), moisturizer and lubricant in personal care products such as facial cleansers, eye creams, lipsticks, bath oils and sunscreens. Squalane is a valuable ingredient in skincare formulations as it is a 100% saturated oil and more stable than squalene thus ideal for use in skincare products.

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Stearic Acid

Stearic acid is used in the bath industry for its cleansing properties. It acts as a surfactant by lowering the surface tension of oil and dirt present on the skin. A lower surface tension allows water to combine with oil and dirt molecules and removes sweat, dirt and excess sebum from the skin and hair. The acid also provides an effective occlusive film around the skin, to prevent moisture loss.

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Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is able to retain huge amounts of moisture – 1,000 times its weight in water – making it an excellent topical moisturizer for the skin. It is more effective than hyaluronic acid because of its smaller molecular size which enables it to easily penetrate the skin’s surface. It penetrates further into deeper layers of the skin, retains more water and keeps the skin hydrated.

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