Octinoxate

EWG Level: 6

UV light has a wavelength shorter than visible light. Prolonged exposure to UV light may result in health effects in the skin, eye and immune system. UV light damages collagen and contributes to aging of skin. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Octinoxate) can help protect against sunburn and other skin damage caused by UV light by absorbing UV radiation. This common sunscreen ingredient is shown to have hormone-mimicking effects on laboratory animals. This chemical is found in humans, including mothers’ milk samples.

Funtions: UV ABSORBER; UV FILTER

Concerns, “Human endocrine disruptor – strong evidence, One or more studies show significant wildlife and the environment disruption” (European Commission on Endocrine Disruption)

Allergies Concerns, “One or more human case studies show possible photoallergic or allergenic effects” (Rodriguez E, Valbuena MC, Rey M, Porras de Quintana L)

Ecological Concerns, “Wildlife and environmental toxicity” (M)

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