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Octyl methoxycinnamate (INCI), or octinoxate (USAN), is an organic compound that is an ingredient in some sunscreens and lip balms. It is an ester formed from methoxycinnamic acid and 2-ethylhexanol. It is a clear liquid that is insoluble in water.
Its primary use is in suncreens and other cosmetics to absorb UV-B rays from the sun, protecting the skin from damage.
One study has raised safety concerns about toxicity. http://www.soundfeelings.com/micro-skin-care/clinical_studies/omc_kills_skin_cells.htm.
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