What is the difference between titanium dioxide and zinc oxide?

The answer is Zinc Oxide is a much safer and more effective sunscreen than Titanium Dioxide based on physical chemistry and biological effects. Kabana uses Zinc Oxide instead of Titanium Dioxide for the following four reasons:

  • Titanium Dioxide’s UV absorption spectrum is not as broad spectrum in UVA and UVB as is Zinc Oxide; Zinc Oxide is a better absorber across more wavelengths which results in better, safer protection for you and your family.
  • Titanium Dioxide creates more free radicals that do oxidative damage to your body and skin cells, and increases aging processes.
  • Zinc Oxide is the ONLY sunscreen active ingredient that’s been tested and FDA approved for use on babies under 6 months of age and children – this illustrates its high degree of safety. It’s approved by FDA for use in diaper rash products to 50%, which illustrates its safety on the most sensitive skin on the planet.
  • Titanium Dioxide contains Titanium, which is a metal that has no biological purpose in our bodies and poorly defined long term exposure risks; Zinc is a critical mineral nutrient that keeps us healthy. You won’t find Titanium in a multivitamin if you take one, but you certainly will find Zinc!

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