What is a Facial Emollient? Definition and Uses of Evening Facial Emollient

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 and Emollients

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:

  • Aging
  • 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.

Perricone MD Evening Facial Emollient

Dr. Perricone’s extensive research has led him to the formulation of the Evening Facial Emollient, which contains the emollient Retinol.

Retinol works to:

  • Regenerate and renew skin surface
  • Smooth lines and wrinkles
  • Impart a more luminous appearance
  • 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.

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    1. Actually, I’m on line here trying to figure out how much it cost and where I can buy it. xox

    2. Would love to try this out. I love younger looking skin. xox

    3. I would love to test your product. I have used Evening Facial Emollient. I had bought it in Mexico while visiting. I used it for a while and forgot about it. I recently found it and starting using it again. I love the results. It is for the evening and I don’t have a moisturizer or anything to use during the day. I live in a cold climate and during the summer it is damaging my skin so bad. I am 61 so the age doesn’t help with the weather. I am very happy with the product that I’m using it is helping so much.

    4. live in a cold, dry climate 8 months of the year. Used an emollient product ’bout 10 years back and it worked wonders for my skin. Looking for the same effect in another emollient.

      The previous product required moist skin, rub on, wipe off with a warm cloth. Even removed makeup.

      I’ll be happy to “before and after” documentation

    5. Evening Facial Emollient is one of my favorites. Works very well for last 2 years.

    6. Hi, I would love to be a tester for the Evening Facial Emollient! I have tried the High Potency Evening Repair and unfortunately I can not use it as its too strong for my Irish complextion. Please consider me as a tester as I would like to be able to replace the Evening Repair. Thanks!