Alumina: an ingredient in sunscreens..

A fellow instagrammer suggested I try a product called Australian Gold, which is a mineral sunscreen that is also tinted.. I took a close look to the list of ingredients and saw one called alumina. I researched it to find out what it is.. and here is what I found out.

Aluminum Oxide does not penetrate the skin. Both the FDA and BDIH regard it as safe to use for cosmetic purposes. However, it must be noted that aluminum is a neurotoxin.

Alumina, also known as aluminum oxide, is an inorganic compound consisting of oxygen and aluminum. … Alumina is used in cosmetic and personal care products as an abrasive , anti-caking agent, anti-bulking agent and as an absorbent . Scientific Facts: Aluminum is the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust.

So what do I do? every product has some good and some bad stuff mixed in it.. I guess there is no way to get a product that has no harmful agent in it.. we all need the product to look white, preferably smell nice, and to be effective, but then to make it as we like it, the chemist will have to add some type of preservative and for the color to be white it may need some other stuff.. now how bad are these agents I don’t know. Below I am sharing with you the difference between mineral and synthetic or chemical sunscreen.

Mineral sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both to block UV rays. Also These ingredients are known as “physical blockers” because they physically sit on top of the skin to deflect the sun, as opposed to synthetic blockers, like oxybenzone or avobenzene, which absorb UV rays and then release the energy as heat. 

I think for now I am going to stick with Anthelios 50 which I bought today. A bottle for me and one for my husband who has spent years in the sun as a competitive swimmer while growing up in Puerto Rico.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Ultra-Light Face Sunscreen, SPF 50, 1.7 OZ

1.7 OZ,

A pioneer in UV protection research for over 15 years, La Roche-Posay, with ANTHELIOS, is trusted by dermatologists worldwide for its advanced formulations in UV protection. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Face Sunscreen, Ultra-Light Fluid SPF 50:

• Formulated with exclusive Cell-OX Shield technology
• 100% mineral sunscreen UV filter system SPF 50
• Antioxidants protects skin from environmental aggressors

Fast-absorbing fluid, tint for a natural glow. Universal tint matches most skin tones for a uniform complexion. Skin feels hydrated with a matte finish. Oil-free. Water resistant (40 minutes). Tested on sensitive skin.

• Dermatologist tested
• Allergy tested
• Paraben-free
• Fragrance-free
• Non-Comedogenic

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