If you take a look at the ingredients label of a bottle of sunscreen, then you might find octinoxate on the label. It is one that of the ingredients that’s well-known for being able to successfully absorb UV rays from the sun. As a result, the exposure to the UV rays doesn’t impact your skin as much as it could. UV rays contain something known as free radicals. These free radicals are directly responsible for negatively impacting your skin. They completely destroy all of your skin cells.
What Is Octinoxate?
It’s a chemical that you need to be familiar with if you use any sunscreen or skin products. I’m going to do my best to break things down and share everything that I know about the ingredient.
Octinoxate has a couple of different names that you may see on the label of a bottle of sunscreen. Be on the lookout for 2-ethylhexyl p-methoxycinnamate, parsol MCX, octyl methoxycinnamate, and escalol.
This ingredient is formed by combining two chemicals methoxycinnamic acid and 2-ethylhexanol. As previously stated, octinoxate works hard to protect your skin from UV rays. It’s commonly incorporated into all types of products.
Octinoxate is an ingredient that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It’s approved for use in sunscreens and other skin care products for its specific role in reducing the appearance of scars that are present on your skin. However, it’s extremely important that the concentration level be 7.5% or less. Any concentration higher than the is not considered to be safe. You’ll most likely find this ingredient in shampoos, lip balms, skin creams, nail polishes, and more.
This ingredient is commonly used in skin and beauty products in order to help keep products physically stable and longer lasting. This makes it one of the most widely used ingredients in products that claim to last for an extended period of time. For example, any lipstick or lip balm that markets itself as lasting for hours likely contains this ingredient. The same applies for moisturizers, sunscreens, and other products. It sounds like it’s the perfect ingredient, but it does have its flaws and dangers.
Dangers of Octinoxate
What you need to know is that there most certainly are dangers to using products that contain octinoxate. Side effects may be the result of using it if you’re not careful. For example, the ingredient has been known to cause issues with the system responsible for balancing your hormones. It’s also been proven to cause estrogen levels to increase. This is something you should be worried about because increased estrogen levels may be directly related to breast cancer.
Another danger of octinoxate is that it can cause a fluctuation in thyroid hormones. The reduction of thyroid hormones can cause your thyroid to function far from normal. Sure, there’s no evidence that this ingredient is directly connected to thyroid disease but some suggest that it contributes to the development of the disease.
While it seems that many of the risks are focused towards women, that’s not the case. There are also negative effects that can cause issues for men as well. Using this ingredient might have a bad impact on your reproductive system. Studies have shown that it can cause sperm count to decrease (at least in laboratory tests). It’s impacted the actual weight of your reproductive organs. While we don’t have more details on the studies, it seems as though enough has been determined to put the ingredient in question.
While it can be harmful to use products containing this ingredient too often, it can also be harmful not using sunscreen at all. Using ingredients and products in moderation is very important. You need to try and limit your exposure to this ingredient. The best way to do so is to start by taking the time to read the labels of all your beauty and skin care products. Using one product with this ingredient isn’t all that bad but the accumulation of products containing this ingredient is a problem. Due to the fact that so many products incorporate octinoxate it’s hard to avoid completely.
If you’re using sunscreen, eye cream, skin serum, shampoo, or lotion that contains octinoxate then you need to try and reduce your exposure to it. The easiest way to do this is to start by eliminating products from your regimen or replacing them with homemade products that are more natural.
You can always pick up some alternative products at the store and bring them to your local dermatologist to get his or her opinion on them. Either that or ask the store for some samples of the product to bring to them. The use of this ingredient, in general, is not all that harmful. But due to the fact that it accumulates in your body, it might not be great for your health. This is why it’s frowned upon using products that contain this ingredient over a long period of time. Incorporate products into your regimen on a short term basis and then find safer alternatives.
Forget About Sunscreen?
Now if you’re thinking about refraining from wearing sunscreen or a particular sunscreen product due to the fact that it contains octinoxate, then you best think again. Eliminating sunscreen from your daily routine is a very bad move. In fact, it’s one of the most important products you apply to your skin on a daily basis. If you’re looking to reduce your exposure to octinoxate, then start by eliminating lipstick or something that’s a beauty enhancer and not a necessity. Not wearing sunscreen can increase your chances of developing skin cancer, which is something that you want to avoid at all costs!