Skin moisturizer

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Moisturizers, also known as emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents specifically formulated to make the external layers of the skin (epidermis) softer and more pliable. They increase hydration of the skin by reducing evaporation. Naturally occurring skin lipids and sterols, as well as artificial or natural oils, humectants, lubricants, etc., may be part of the composition of commercial skin moisturizers. They usually are available as commercial products for cosmetic and therapeutic uses, but can also be made at home using common pharmacy ingredients.[1]


  1. [1], Am J Clin Dermatol. 2003;4(11):771-88.