Octocrylene is an organic compound formed through condensation of diphenylcyanoacrylate and 2-ethylhexanol. This compound is a common sunscreen ingredient, used to absorb sun’s rays before they are able to reach the skin and cause major damage in the skin’s deeper layers.
Octocrylene absorbs both UVA and UVB rays to provide broad spectrum protection, and is best used in conjunction with other UV filters to maintain its’ stability and protect the skin fully. When used in combination with other UV filters, octocrylene is able to protect from direct DNA damage, providing strong, reliable protection against sun damage. If used on its own, octocrylene can cause photosensitivity and increased free radical activity, therefore it’s important that octocrylene is formulated with photostabilizers.
The common sunscreen ingredient has a fatty alcohol consistency, helping to increase the water resistance of sunscreen formulas and maintain a healthy balance of hydration in the skin, locking in moisture and preventing excessive water loss.