Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays and converting them into heat energy. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include a variety of organic compounds that have UV-absorbing properties. Some common active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens include:
- Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate)
- Octisalate (Octyl Salicylate)
- Oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3)
- Mexoryl SX
- Mexoryl XL
In addition to these active ingredients, chemical sunscreens may also contain other ingredients such as emollients, preservatives, and fragrances. It's important to read the ingredient list carefully and choose a product that is appropriate for your skin type and concerns, as some people may be sensitive to certain ingredients.