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

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Emollients are used to leave the skin feeling smooth. They fill in crevices between skin cells, giving skin a soft texture. Typically, emollients are oily substances, such as cetyl, stearyl, octyl, oleyl, and hexyl alcohols. Unlike astringent alcohols, these emollient alcohols do not dry the skin.

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