During the dry weather (like harmattan), people tend to go for moisturizers like Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Vaseline; these are occlusive agents. Occlusive moisturizers contain ingredients that create a physical barrier on top of the skin that helps prevent water loss from the skin. These ingredients feel thick and heavy after application as they are not absorbed into the skin.
When searching for a moisturizer that can help keep your skin supple and soft, you need one that contains 3 different categories of ingredients - Humectants, Emollients and Occlusives.
- Occlusives: They work by forming a protective layer on the surface of your skin and create a barrier to prevent moisture loss. Examples include Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum e.t.c
- Humectants: They draw (and retain) water molecules to the skin to keep it hydrated. Examples include Urea, Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol e.t.c
- Emollients: They help soothe, soften, replenish, and increase moisture levels in the skin. Examples include Ceramides, Cholesterol, Fatty Acid, Squalene e.t.c
Below are the products we recommend that effectively combine these three ingredient types in their formulas.