The word emollient is an adjective defined by Merriam-Webster as “making soft or supple…soothing especially to the skin”. However, the dictionary emollient definition is not the only definition.
In skin care, “emollient” is a noun that refers to key ingredients in moisturizers and cleansers. Products that include emollients are especially helpful for dry skin care.
Read on to learn how this type of facial emollient, in particular for evening use, treats dry skin.
Dry skin results from a lack of water in the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is the outermost of the 5 layers of the epidermis. It protects the skin and is the key to healthy, attractive skin. The stratum corneum contains fatty acids and ceramides (fat molecules), which fuse together to form a continuous layer that retains water and protects skin.
However, this layer can become damaged from:
- Excessive sun exposure
- Subjection to harmful chemicals
This damage makes it harder for the skin to retain moisture, especially when subjected to water-reducing conditions such as:
- Low humidity or wind exposure, which increase evaporation from the skin
- Overwashing, which washes of the surface layer of natural oil
- Aging, which reduces sebum production
The best way to keep the stratum corneum healthy and moisturized is with emollients, in particular an facial emollient for evening use. When applied to the skin, emollients remain in the stratum corneum and act as lubricants to maintain skin’s soft, smooth, pliable appearance.
Dr. Perricone’s extensive research has led him to the formulation of the Evening Facial Emollient, which contains the emollient Retinol.
Retinol works to:
After 4 weeks of use, 70% of participants in a clinical trial reported that their skin looked and felt smoother, while 66% showed improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Have you tried Perricon MD Evening Facial Emollient?