What are OCCLUSIVES good for?

Occlusives are moisturising agents that replicate the skin’s natural lipid barrier to create a protective layer on the skin’s surface.

OCCLUSIVES are heavy moisturisers, like petrolatum, that prevent water from the skin’s surface from evaporating too quickly. To know more about it, read this article and find out relevant details about Occlusives.

What are occlusives?

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Occlusives are moisturising agents that replicate the skin’s natural lipid barrier to create a protective layer on the skin’s surface and stop moisture loss. Additionally, they feature defence mechanisms that can assist shield the skin from aggressors including friction, chilly winds, and pollen. Occlusives that can also smooth and soften skin include petrolatum and shea butter.

What benefits do we get from it?

By limiting transepidermal water loss, which happens when too much moisture is able to escape from your skin into the air and cause dryness, flaking, and irritation, occlusives help to keep your skin moisturised. Occlusives function by forming a barrier between your skin and the air, which has two main advantages: it prevents irritants, allergens, and other dangerous particles from entering your skin, and it keeps water inside your skin.
The size of the molecule as well as the type of fatty acids in the moisturiser also affects how the moisturiser functions and plays a significant part in determining the effectiveness of the occlusive.