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Rating Ingredient
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broad spectrum

Term that, when applied to sunscreen, refers to a sunscreen’s ability to protect the skin from both...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Good

bumetrizole

Sunscreen ingredient that absorbs primarily UVB light.

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

avobenzone

Synthetic sunscreen ingredient (also known as Parsol 1789 and butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane) that...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Good

benzephenone-3

Also called oxybenzone, a sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays and...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Good

benzophenone

Group of compounds used in cosmetics as sunscreen agents to protect mostly from UVB radiation and...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

ecamsule

Sunscreen ingredient that provides UVA protection...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

homosalate

FDA-approved sunscreen active ingredient that primarily provides UVB protection. Its UVA range is...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

menthyl anthranilate

Also known as meradimate, this is a synthetic sunscreen active is a partially effective UVA...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

meradmiate

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

octinoxate

Also known as octyl methoxycinnamate and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate…

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

octisalate

Technical name for the active sunscreen ingredient octyl salicylate (also known as ethylhexyl...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

octocrylene

Globally-approved sunscreen agent that protects skin from the UVB range of sunlight.

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

octyl methoxycinnamate

Sunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays…

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

octyl salicylate

Sunscreen agent used to protect skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

oxybenzone

Oxybenzone (also known as benzophenone-3) is a sunscreen agent that protects primarily from the...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Poor

PABA

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Average

padimate O

Sunscreen agent that protects skin primarily from the sun’s UVB rays (Source: Skin Therapy Letter,...

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Poor

para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

Sunscreen ingredient rarely used since the 1990s because of strong potential for sensitizing reactions.

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

Parsol 1789

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid

Categories: Sunscreen Actives
Best

titanium dioxide

Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in...

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