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Aluminum Hydroxide


Officially, CosIng (the official EU ingredient database) lists Aluminum Hydroxide 's functions as opacifying (making the product white and non-transparent), as well as emollient and skin protectant.

However, with a little bit of digging, it turns out Aluminum Hyroxide often moonlights as a protective coating for UV filter superstar Titanium Dioxide. Specifically, it protects our skin from the harmful effects of nasty Reactive Oxygen Species (free radicals derived from oxygen such as Superoxide and Hydrogen Peroxide) generated when Titanium Dioxide is exposed to UV light. Btw, chlorine in swimming pool water depletes this protective coating, so one more reason to reapply your sunscreen after a dip in the pool on holiday.

Other than that, Aluminum Hydroxide also often shows up in composite pigment technologies where it is used the other way around (as the base material and not as the coating material) and helps to achieve higher color coverage with less pigment

Show me some proof

  • Shimizu, Katsumi, and Shoji Takekawa. "Aluminum hydroxide pigments having improved coloring capability." U.S. Patent No. 9,011,893. 21 Apr. 2015.
  • Virkutyte, Jurate, Souhail R. Al-Abed, and Dionysios D. Dionysiou. "Depletion of the protective aluminum hydroxide coating in TiO2-based sunscreens by swimming pool water ingredients." Chemical engineering journal 191 (2012): 95-103.

Products with Aluminum Hydroxide

Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Spf 36 Bare Republic Mineral Spf 30 Face Sunscreen Lotion - Untinted Coola Face Spf 30 Mineral Sunscreen Cucumber Matte Finish Coola Mineral Face Spf 30 Matte Tint Moisturizer Dermadoctor DD Cream Dermatologically Defining BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Nu Skin Ap-24® Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste Acorelle Sunscreen Spray For Face And Body Spf 50 Gosh Mineral Full Coverage Foundation Powder Skin79 Non-Chemical Sunblock Spf 50 Pa++++ bioregena Baume Solaire Visage Et Zones Delicates SPF 50+ bioregena Creme Solaire Special Bebe SPF 50+ jane iredale Powder-Me Spf 30 Dry Sunscreen - Translucent Bare Republic Mineral Face Lotion Spf 30 Cosmedix Protect Uv Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Moisturizing Spray Fizz & Bubble Pineapple Coconut Lip Scrub Ishizawa - Shigaisen Yoho Uv Powder 4+ L'Oreal Paris Makeup Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base MAC Studio Fix Matte Foundation Stick April Skin Magic Snow Bb Cream Spf50+/Pa+++ Marc Jacobs Fineliner, Truffled SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating Foundation Boots No7 Foundation Drops Clarins Uv Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum Spf 50 Dermablend Flawless Creator Multi-Use Liquid Foundation Drops Giorgio Armani Face Fabric Foundation Insight Mineralized Pressed Powder Noreva Iklen Spf50+ Anti-Brown Spot Photoprotective Cream Pixi by Petra Correcting Concentrate - Brightening Peach Sephora Make No Mistake High Coverage Concealer Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Ligt-Medium BH Cosmetics Hangin' In Hawaii 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Cream La Roche-Posay Effaclar Bb Blur With Spf 20 St. Tropez Gradual Tan Face Primer Stila One Step Prime Vichy Dermablend Coverstick Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup Broad Spectrum Spf 15 Garnier Wrinkle Lift Anti Ageing Cream Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Spf50+/Pa+++ Tarte Shape Tape Bio essence Bio-Water Sunscreen Spf 50+ Pa++ (Hydrating) Heliocare 360° Mineral Fluid Spf 50 Kat Von D 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade Like I’m 5 Mild Sunscreen Spf 50+ Pa++++ Napoleon Perdis Advanced Mineral Makeup Perricone MD Photo-Brightening Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Spf 30 Some By Mi Uv Shield Daily Mild Suncream Spf50+ Pa+++ Tarte Babassu Foundcealer Skincare Foundation Vichy Dermablend Green Corrector