What are emollients
Your skin barrier is a mix of protein, fat and dead skin cells. This is to prevent virus entering your body. Preserving that barrier is what makes your skin healthier and look soft and smooth.
There are many factors that will make your skin lose its skin barrier, such as wintry weather, wind or even the sun. Also, if you bath too much you might remove that protective layer (it does not mean you should not wash!)/
As your skin age it will become flatter. Which will make your skin look drier and as a result older. Having a dry skin is not what you want to have. It usually comes with other skin sickness such as psoriasis or dermatitis. And when skin starts to get infected because of these conditions that is when you break your skin barrier.
Some doctors may give you topical treatments like cortisol/steroids. However, these do not cure the problem at the root. These drugs just send a signal to suppress the pain from your skin.
The second treatment that is milder, but a suitable alternative is to use emollient. Emollient will help moisturizing the skin and soften it. Which will help your skin barrier repairing itself.
Unlike humectants, which just help absorb water from air. Emollients will soften the skin to make other moisturizer penetrate the skin.
One of the goal of emollients is to keep moisture within the skin.
If you read the label on your skincare product. Make sure you have emollient. Here is the list to give you examples of emollients:
- A and D Ointment
- alpha hydroxy acids, topical
- ammonium lactate
- Carmol 10, 20, 40
- dimethicone topical
- Herpecin L
- lactic acid topical
- Lactinol HX
- Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief
- Palomar E
- petrolatum & mineral oil topical
- Ureacin 10
- Ureacin 20
- vitamin E topical
- vitamins A & D topical
- Vite E Creme
So, keep your water moisturized and make sure you use emollients!
And also check the healthiness of your ingredients on websites like EWG or INCIdecoder.