What are water-in-oil moisturizers?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Water-in-oil moisturizers are those in which oil is the dominant carrier. Since these formulations tend to be a heavier consistency, they are generally used for nighttime or replenishing creams. These creams usually have a glossy look, and incorporate mineral oils, lanolin alcohol, petrolatum, and water in varying proportions to make their base.

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