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* An active sunscreen ingredient

* Also known as Ethylhexyl Salicylate

* Please read TIA’s posts on What Is It: Octinoxate Plus Other Sunscreen Ingredients and Are They Safe and Sunscreen: Myths, Truths and Alternatives


Octisalate is an organic compound used as an ingredient in sunscreens and cosmetics to absorb the full range of UVB rays from the sun, according to Wikipedia and It is a colorless liquid with an oily consistency that often emits a mildly floral fragrance. It is an ester formed by the condensation of a salicylic acid with 2-ethylhexanol. The salicylate component absorbs ultraviolet light and protects the skin from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. The ethylhexanol portion serves as a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like (water resistant) properties.

Safety Measures/Side Effects:

Although the Cosmetics Ingredient Review notes that reproductive and developmental toxicity can occur in relation to Salicylic Acid, one of the two primary components of Octisalate, it has determined that the levels used in cosmetic and beauty products would not cause any adverse reaction. Importantly, the FDA has approved Octisalate for use in sunscreen with up to 5% concentration (source).

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