Our expert says:
Hello ‘Future Perfect’, thank you for the question.
Unfortunately I have no personal or specific information with this product however; looking at the ingredients my only concern is the benzophenone-3.
I agree with you that octocrylene can increase free radical damage with UV exposure but this has been shown to happen with concentrations of greater than 10%. I have inserted a table that identifies the 16 FDA approved sunscreen ingredients and there maximum concentrations allowed within sunscreens. From this table we can see that it is important to know both the actual ingredient used and the concentration of these ingredients. Following from this, I would not shy away from a SPF that contains octocrylene as long as its concentration is below 10%, while I would stay away from a SPF containing benzophenone-3.
FDA approves 16 active ingredients for use as over-the-counter
PRODUCT MAXIMUM CONCENTRATIONa
Titanium dioxide 25%
Zinc oxide 25
Aminobenzoic acid 15
Trolamine salicylate 12
Padimate O 8
Octyl methoxycinnamate 7.5
Menthyl anthranilate 5
Octyl salicylate 5
Phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid 4
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