Definitions for emollientɪˈmɒl yənt
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cream, ointment, emollient(adj)
toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin
demulcent, emollient, salving, softening(adj)
having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
Soothing or mollifying.
Origin: From emolliens, present active participle of emollio, from e- + mollio, from mollis.
softening; making supple; acting as an emollient
an external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc
Origin: [L. emolliens, -entis, p. pr. of emollire to soften; e out + mollire to soften, mollis soft: cf. F. mollient. See Mollify.]
Moisturizers or emollients are complex mixtures of chemical agents specially designed to make the external layers of the skin softer and more pliable. They increase the skin's hydration by reducing evaporation. Naturally occurring skin lipids and sterols, as well as artificial or natural oils, humectants, emollients, lubricants, etc., may be part of the composition of commercial skin moisturizers. They usually are available as commercial products for cosmetic and therapeutic uses, but can also be made at home using common pharmacy ingredients.
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