Octyl Methoxycinnamate is a compound commonly found in sunscreens. It absorbs ultraviolet light in the UVB range. Sunscreen agents are used to help protect your skin from sunburn; it is also a good idea to limit your time in the sun. Combining the two may help to prevent early skin wrinkling and skin cancer. There are two types of sunscreen agents, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen agents protect you from the sun by absorbing the ultraviolet (UV) and visible sun rays, while physical sunscreen agents reflect, scatter, absorb, or block these rays. Octyl methoxycinnnamate is a chemical protectant. Sunscreens often combine a number of sunscreen agents to help protect your skin.The sun protection factor (SPF) that you find on the label of these products tells you the minimum amount of UVB sunlight that is needed with that product to produce redness on sunscreen-protected skin as compared with unprotected skin. Sunscreen products with high SPFs will provide more protection against the sun.
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