Emollients: The Hero Ingredient Every Girl With Dry Skin Needs In Her Skincare Routine
Written by Sumona BoseOct 20, 2020
Simply put, emollients are softening ingredients that are added to skincare staples like moisturisers and help soothe dry skin woes. They work by filling in the gaps in your skin’s lipid barrier; thus, preventing the top layer of the skin from cracking and drying. Unlike other moisturising ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, emollients are oilier. Depending on the type of emollient, they can even coat your skin with a thin film of oil to prevent moisture loss.
Having said that, emollients can sometimes be confused with regular moisturisers and completely glossed over. In reality, they can be very good for several dry skin issues, including psoriasis. Read on to find out why emollients should necessarily be added to your dry skin care routine…
Some of the emollient ingredients you will find in products are zinc oxide, mineral oil, squalene, glycerin, beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, cocoa butter and synthetic compounds like butyl stearate and glycol laurate. Some of the benefits of emollients for dry skin are:
01. They can help soothe dry irritated skin caused by external aggressors like sun exposure, dry weather, other drying skincare ingredients and improper cleansing habits.
02. They can help deal with dry skin issues like eczema and psoriasis.
03. They can help treat itchy, red and cracked skin; even contributing to the healing process.
04. With long-term use, emollients can help strengthen the barrier of your skin. This helps keep early signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles at bay
05. In short, emollients can help maintain the overall health of your skin.
The best way to use emollients for dry skin is to apply a generous amount, as opposed to applying other potent ingredients. To ensure proper distribution, use the products with a general sweeping motion on slightly damp skin. This can be achieved by applying the product directly after a shower to help seal in the moisture under the thick consistency of the emollient.
Written by Sumona Bose on Oct 20, 2020
Sumona Bose is a writer, skincare junkie and a self-professed makeup connoisseur. Equipped with a Master's degree in Fashion Management and over 3 years of experience writing in the beauty and fashion space, her passion for learning new things has no bounds. Working closely with dermatologists, beauty excerpts, makeup artists and hairstylists, she brings you the best of all things beauty. From trending skincare ingredients to makeup looks that help you slay, she manages to bring something new (and vital!) to our readers every single time. Her hobbies include home workouts, watching foreign films and binge-watching makeover shows!