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What Is an Occlusive Moisturizer?

Skin Care Essentials

What Is an Occlusive Moisturizer? What Is an Occlusive Moisturizer? What Is an Occlusive Moisturizer?

When picking a moisturizer, certain ingredients are worth looking out for, but there are also certain types of ingredients you should be on the lookout for. Depending on your skin type, either emollients, humectants, or occlusives should be on your radar—and we’re here to talk about the latter. Below, we’ll explain what occlusives are, who should use an occlusive moisturizer, and our best occlusive moisturizers to add to your skin care routine


The National Center of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) explains that occlusives are substances that physically block transepidermal water loss. Essentially, occlusives create a barrier over the skin, keeping moisture from escaping. They're most effective when applied to slightly dampened skin, per the NCBI.


There are quite a few ingredients that fall under the occlusive category—some of which you’re likely already familiar with. Common occlusives you may see on the back of your skin care labels include mineral oil, cetyl alcohol, squalene, beeswax, and petroleum jelly, according to the NCBI.


As you can probably guess, an occlusive moisturizer contains occlusive ingredients in its formula. These moisturizers typically have very thick consistencies. Due to their ability to keep moisture from leaving your skin, occlusive moisturizers are also an ideal option for those with dry skin.


Now that you know a bit more about occlusives and occlusive moisturizers, perhaps you’d like to try one for yourself. If you want to add an occlusive moisturizer to your routine, consider using one of the below.

L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin: With its lightweight formula, this moisturizer for extra dry skin may not look like your typical occlusive moisturizer. But, thanks to mineral oil, it will allow you to reap the benefits of occlusive ingredients without having to layer on a thick cream. The moisturizer also contains hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. It breaks into water upon contact with skin, delivering instant hydration that glides on easily for quick absorption.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer for Mature, Dull Skin: It’s no secret that as you get older, your skin becomes drier due to a decrease in oil production. That’s where occlusive moisturizers, like this one formulated with cetyl alcohol, come in. This daily face cream works to gently exfoliate dull, sallow skin and revive skin's natural rosy tone, helping to promote a younger-looking, smooth complexion. 

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Anti-Aging Moisturizer Fragrance Free: Also formulated with cetyl alcohol, this anti-aging occlusive moisturizer checks off more than one box on our moisturizer list. It also contains three of the top proven anti-aging ingredients: Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid to visibly reduce wrinkles while firming and brightening skin. After use, skin feels softer, smoother, and plumped with hydration. 

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Day Cream: If you want to fully dive into using occlusive skin care products, this occlusive moisturizer may be just what you’re looking for. It contains three common occlusives—mineral oil, beeswax, and cetyl alcohol—along with manuka honey extract to envelop the skin with a soft, silky layer of comfort for long-lasting, non-greasy hydration. The rich cream penetrates effectively into the skin's surface layer to restore comfort and nourishing moisture to mature, very dry skin. As a result, your complexion will be left firmer, more supple, with increased elasticity, and a healthy glow. 

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face, Neck, Chest, and Hands: Last but not least, consider this occlusive moisturizer, which contains cetyl alcohol and beeswax, for on-the-go hydration. (We love that it’s small enough to pop in your purse.) The rich formula absorbs quickly to relieve mature, dehydrated skin on the face, neck, chest, and hands. The cream wraps skin in soothing moisture to soften it and get rid of that tight and uncomfortable feel. Beyond nourishment, skin is left looking more youthful and radiant.

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