Octyl Salicylate acts as a UV filter, provides protection from UV B rays. It is an oil soluble sunscreen ingredient which helps in absorbing UV radiation. The salicylate portion of the molecule absorbs ultraviolet light, protecting skin from the harmful effects of exposure to sunlight. The Octyl portion is a fatty alcohol, adding emollient and oil-like properties. It is used to protect skin from sunburn; helps to treat rough, dry, scaly and tanned skin.