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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.

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