What are Emollient?
Emollient activity describes a substance's capacity to soothe and soften the skin by establishing a barrier of protection on its surface. They are typically used in skin care products, such as lotions, creams, and ointments, to help hydrate the skin and prevent moisture loss.
They work by filling in the spaces between skin cells, which can become dry and cracked due to environmental factors including exposure to cold, wind, or dry air, as well as skin disorders like eczema. Their barrier-creating attribute assists in retaining moisture and prevents the skin from further damage.
What are the benefits of emollient action?
Emollients impart several key benefits for the skin, including:
- A protective barrier to guard the skin against environmental factors, such as cold, wind, dry air, or microbes.
- A calming and soothing effect that reduces inflammation and irritation due to psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and other similar conditions.
- Improved skin texture and strong skin matrix
- Improved penetration of beneficial or active molecules into the skin.