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Alumina

Also-called-like-this: Aluminum Oxide, Al2O3

Details

A multi-functional helper ingredient that's used mainly as a pigment carrier.  The pigment can be an inorganic sunscreen (such as titanium dioxide) or a colorant that is blended with alumina platelets and then often coated with some kind of silicone (such as triethoxycaprylylsilane). This special treatment enables pigments to be evenly dispersed in the formula and to be spread out easily and evenly upon application. It is super useful both for mineral sunscreens as well as for makeup products. 

Other than that, alumina can also be used as an absorbent (sometimes combined with the mattifying powder called polymethylsilsesquioxane), a viscosity controlling or an opacifying (reduces the transparency of the formula) agent.

Products with Alumina

Biore Charcoal Pore Minimizer Dr. Brandt Microdermabrassion Australian Gold Botanical Spf 50 Tinted Facial Lotion Coola Daydream® Mineral Spf 30 Makeup Primer Sunscreen Cotz Face Natural Skin Tone Spf 40 Cotz Face Natural Tinted Spf 40 Mary Kay Time Wise Microdermabrasion Peter Thomas Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Hourglass Illusion® Hyaluronic Skin Tint Smashbox + Vlada Petal Metal Highlighter - Gilded Rose Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Spray Vanilla-Coco Biore Baking Soda Acne Cleansing Foam Biore Charcoal Acne Scrub Cliniderm Gentle Protective Lotion Spf 45 Coola Mineral Sport Sunscreen Moisturizer Spf 30 - Citrus Mimosa Dermadoctor Dd Eye Cream HydroPeptide Solar Defense Non-Tinted Spf 50 iS Clinical Eclipse Spf50+ Translucent Filorga Skin-Absolute Day Etude House Dear My Glass Tinting Lips Talk Br402 Tarte Tarteguard Mineral Powder Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 30 BRUSH ON BLOCK Sunscreen EltaMD Uv Physical Spf 41 Lime Crime Diamond Dew Burgundy Iridescent Liquid Eyeshadow Lime Crime Diamond Dew Chocolate Diamond Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick NYX Mineral Stick Foundation NYX Mineral Stick Foundation NYX Dark Circle Concealer Algotherm Algotime Expert Youth Wrinkle Cream Cumlaude Sunlaude Spf30 Compacto Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation Avene Cream For Sensitive Areas EXUVIANCE BY NEOSTRATA Sheer Daily Protector Spf 50 Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection Spf 50 Pa++++ SVR Sun Secure Écran Minéral Teinté - Normal To Combination Skins Uriage Bariésun Mineral Cream Spf50+ Very High Protection Colourpop No Filter Concealer Missha Cicadin Centella Rescue Sun Lotion NYX Cheek Contour Duo Palette NYX Professional Concealer Wand Green Tarte Bb Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Sunscreen Uriage Bariésun Xp Cream Spf 50+ Avene Mineral Fluid Spf 50 Boots No7 Stay Perfect Compact Foundation CeraVe Baby Sunscreen Lotion Clinique Even Better Makeup Spf 15