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Dark Circle Relief, Pro Ingredient Listing Laws, Naturals Defined and PABA

By: Rebecca James Gadberry
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the April 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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The other ester, octyl dimethyl PABA, provides a much better sunscreen. In fact, most sunscreen chemists agree that it is one of the best sunscreen ingredients in the United States, although its relationship to PABA has lessened its use. In fact, until PABA became a consumer no-no, octyl dimethyl PABA was the most popular sunscreen in the world. Now listed as Padimate O on sunscreen labels, its stable molecular structure prevents this ester from breaking down into its PABA parent, so the side effects aren’t a problem. In fact, Padimate O has one of the best sunscreen profiles for absorbing dangerous UV rays.