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Emollients are a great tool to have in your arsenal if you suffer from dry skin. Dry skin is characterised by itchy, dry, and scaly skin, usually on the hands or feet [1]. A common symptom of many skin conditions, dry skin can be exacerbated by high temperatures, low humidity, frequent bathing, and aging skin [2].

What is an emollient?

Emollient meaning

‘Emollient’ refers to products that are applied to the skin. Emollients are designed to improve skin appearance, hydration and treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. 

Emollients are formulated using oils combined with water to produce the different types available on the market [1] – including creams, gels, ointments, sprays, and soap alternatives.

What do emollients do?

Emollients restore the skin barrier by providing an occlusive layer of protection to prevent further damage, as well as boosting hydration and maintaining the skin’s plasticity [3]. They contain humectants, which draw and hold water in the skin, and lipids (fats) which boost the lipid content of skin cells [4-6] on the skin [4, 7-8]. 

Emollients may also contain anti-itch agents [4], which help to protect the skin by reducing the urge to scratch. The temptation to scratch, while it may provide temporary relief, breaks the skin’s protective layer, leaving the skin susceptible to micro-organisms which may be sitting on the skin’s surface and under the nails. This leads to more inflammation and itchiness (and so the cycle continues).

What is emollient cream used for?

Are emollients good for skin?

Emollients are great for the skin! Healthy skin has natural moisturisers which protect and prevent it from drying out [3]. Dry skin lacks these natural moisturisers, which leave it prone to damage [3]. When the skin barrier is compromised, water leaks out and the skin becomes more permeable to irritants, allergens, and microorganisms [3]. This water loss causes skin dehydration which contributes to skin cracking, inflammation and pruritis (itching) [3]. 

Here's where emollients come in. High in natural oils and moisturisers, emollients provide a substitute for this protective barrier, help the skin to regenerate and boosts hydration [3]. Emollients are great adjuncts to treatment for dry skin conditions.

Types of Emollients

Different emollient products are available on the market differ by their fat content [1]. Where the ‘greasier’ emollients in the form of fatty emulsions, ointments and gels contain a higher ratio of fat to water, creams, and sprays contain lower amounts of fat and higher amounts of water [1]. Which type of emollient you use will depend on the severity of your skin condition, the season, time of day, and personal preference [9].

Emollient ointment

As mentioned above, these emollient preparations are ‘greasy’, ‘hold’ more firmly and are therefore more noticeable on the skin. These thicker emollients are great to apply during the day, in cooler weather and on large, flat sections of the skin. They are less preferred in warmer weather, due to increased propensity to sweating, which may enhance the feeling of greasiness.

Ocean Soothe® Gel is a 100% natural emollient formulation which helps to soothe and soften the skin. It is a thick preparation and contains glycerol and aloe vera (a natural emollient) as well as magnesium and salt, provide antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. It is effective in relieving symptoms of mild psoriasis, skin dryness, skin irritation, itchiness, inflammation, scaling and redness.

Emollient cream

Emollient creams are ‘waterier’ when compared to gels and therefore are distributed more easily and evenly on the skin’s surface. These emollients work well when used at night, as they are less likely to stain and mark bed sheets and clothing. 

Ocean Soothe Lotion® is a luxurious, creamy emollient formulation high in salt and magnesium infused with olive oil and aloe vera, to hydrate, soothe, and soften the skin. It is non-staining to clothing and relieves symptoms of mild psoriasis, skin dryness, itchiness, inflammation, scaling and redness. To optimise results we recommend combining with Ocean Soothe® Gel.

Emollient spray

Emollient sprays contain have much smaller fat to water ratios. These emollients are very light in comparison to the other types of emollients mentioned, therefore more pumps of the product are needed for similar effect. Emollient sprays are hassle-free and can be used in cases where fast relief from symptoms of dryness or inflammation are required.

Do you have dry, flaky, and problematic scalp? Ocean Soothe® Scalp Spray is a light, natural on-the-go spray for the relief of an irritated scalp and can be applied to the forehead, neck, behind and inside the ears. Great when combined with Ocean Soothe® Scalp Serum!

Soap alternatives

Soap and detergents such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) are not recommended for the treatment of dry and itchy skin as they irritate and strip the skin of its natural oils [10]. It is therefore recommended that leave-in emollients should be paired with emollient, soap-free alternatives. This allows the skin to be cleansed effectively, while preserving the skin barrier and minimising water loss.

Ocean Soothe® Inverse Relief Body Wash is designed to cleanse and relieve problematic skin in folds, creases, and intimate areas of the body. Perfect alternative to soap and SLS free! Containing emollients Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate and Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, which preserve and protect the skin barrier, rather than strip the skin of its natural oils.  For a complete solution we suggest combining Ocean Soothe® Inverse Body Wash with our Ocean Soothe® Gel and Ocean Soothe® Lotion.

How to use emollients

Emollients are effective adjuncts to other treatments used for dry skin. It is important that they are applied correctly to maximise their effect.

As such, 250-500g of emollient should be used per week (more than you think!) to treat dry skin [11-12]. You may decide to combine different emollient preparations – ointments, gels, lotions, creams, and sprays at different times of the day, so make sure you use these products liberally and frequently during the day. In saying this, try to avoid soaps and detergents if you can, as these will expose the skin barrier to further damage [13]. Try an emollient washing product or soap-free alternative.

If you are using a medicinal topical preparation in combination with an emollient, a good rule of thumb is to wait at least 30 minutes between applications of topical flare treatments products and the protective emollient layer to optimise absorption [14].

If you are using an emollient from a tub, it is also good practice to transfer the emollient into a separate container to make sure you aren’t cross contaminating the entire preparation with allergens or bacteria on your skin [3]. Alternatively, use emollient products with a pump to minimise product wastage.

When used correctly, emollients are an effective treatment for dry skin and are a great way to boost your skin health and reduce dryness. With lots of options available to suit all your dry skin needs, try Abundant Natural Health’s Ocean Soothe® Range.

Ocean Soothe® By Abundant Natural Health

Abundant Natural Health’s 100% natural Ocean Soothe® Range, highly concentrated with salt and magnesium, harnesses the healing properties of the ocean for effective relief from symptoms of mild psoriasis, problematic, dry, and flaky skin. We bring the benefits of the Ocean to you, no matter where you are.

Our Ocean Soothe® Range includes a family of products for optimal management of problematic skin, wherever it may be. From emollient scalp serumssprays, skin gelslotions, to body washesbath soaks and a shampoo and conditioner, Abundant Natural Health is your one-stop shop for all things dry and problematic skin.


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