What do emollients do?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Emollients moisturize your skin directly, instead of just attracting moisture to your skin like humectants do. They also coat your skin so it can retain its moisture. If you've used a product containing mineral oil, silicone oil or isopropyl isostearate, you've used an emollient.

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