Advertisement

Why is it important to have an occlusive in a moisturizer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Occlusive ingredients, such as petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil and silicones, reduce dehydration and water loss by forming a film on the skin's surface. Occlusive moisturizers can be most effective when applied to slightly wet skin, which is why dermatologists recommend that you apply a moisturizer immediately after bathing.

Continue Learning about Moisturizer Ingredients

What skin moisturizer ingredients can help keep my skin healthy?
Ben KaminskyBen Kaminsky
Normal skin still needs special attention to ensure that it remains balanced. It is important to...
More Answers
What ingredients should I look for in an after shaving moisturizer?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Look for moisturizing products that are non comedogenic, meaning they won't clog pores. 
More Answers
What is an emollient?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
An emollient is a type of ingredient that softens the skin and smoothes its surface.
More Answers
What's a humectant?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Humectants are ingredients that retain moisture. In a body cleanser, a humectant can help draw water...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.