Oxybenzone

Category

Sunscreen

Ingredient

Oxybenzone

Definition

Category: Chemical Sunscreen

Type: Ingredient

Definition: Oxybenzone has the ability to mitigate sunburn and may diminish long term skin damage from the sun. It can also slow the development of dark spots on the face, which are often caused by UV radiation. A chemical sunscreen agent that absorbs UVB and short UVA rays (280-350nm) with its peak protection at 288 nm.

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Benefits

  • Unlike many other chemical sunscreens, it is highly stable
  • Used as a photo stabiliser rather than a proper sunscreen agent, as it can effectively protect formulas from UV damage.

Danger

  • Plays a major role in the deterioration of coral reefs and the oceans.
  • Beauty products containing this ingredient have already been banned in Hawaii, Key West in Florida, some places in Mexico, in the Philippines and Palau!

Hint

The problem is that you want sunscreens on the top of your skin and not in your bloodstream, so for BP-3 this is a problem. In fact, it absorbs so well that 4 hours after application of a sunscreen product with BP-3, it can be detected in urine.

Contraindications

Pregnancy & Sensitive Skin

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