What is Octocrylene?
Octocrylene is a skincare ingredient found in some sunscreen products. This chemical sunscreen ingredient can protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays of the sun. It may also increase the stability and efficacy of chemical sunscreen ingredients. Once it is absorbed into the skin, it captures the UV rays from the sun before they can cause damage to underlying skin cells. Most physical sunscreen products that use minerals include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which sit on top of the skin. Octocrylene absorbs deep into the skin to help provide better cell protection.
What is Octocrylene in Sunscreen?
This common chemical ingredient guards against both the longer UVA rays and shorter UVB rays of the sun. UVA rays are what may cause early signs of aging, while UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn. Octocrylene is best effective when combined with other chemical sunscreen ingredients. It may be used daily and should be applied every two hours if you're going to be in the sun for a prolonged period, if you're swimming, or if you're sweating outside. There is no known ingredient that interacts with octocrylene negatively, and it works best when used alongside other chemical sunscreen ingredients to help provide maximum protection.