Emollient creams, lotions, and ointments are used by people with dry skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and more.
They help to ease symptoms like itching, so you can break the itch-scratch cycle that can make dry skin so much worse.
At Chemist4U you can buy a wide range of emollients from top brands like Aveeno, Diprobase, E45, Cetraben, and many more.
Not only that, but we keep our prices as low as possible, so even though emollients are no longer subscribed by doctors, you can still get your hands on your favourite dry skin treatment easily and at a fantastic price.
The type of emollient that's right for you will depend on your skin and what causes flare-ups of your dry skin condition.
For example, if you find that hot bath water and soaps trigger your flare-ups, you may want to use an emollient bath additive or cleanser to protect your skin as you bathe.
If you plan on using emollients at night to protect and hydrate your skin, you may prefer to use a thicker emollient ointment that will stay on your skin a little longer.
On the other hand, if you want to use emollients throughout the day you may find that creams and lotions are better solutions for you.
If you're unsure about which emollient is best for you we would recommend asking your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a suitable product.
In this video, a specialist dermatology nurse for the NHS tells you all about the different types of emollients.
They'll tell you how to choose which one is right for you, and when you should use each type for the best results.
The nurse will even tell you how much emollient an average person should be using every week, pretty handy, right?
Emollients and moisturisers help to ease your eczema symptoms by hydrating your skin, helping to keep your skin soft and controlling your flare-ups.
Emollients work by forming a protective layer over your skin which helps to keep moisture from escaping, hydrating your skin from the inside out.
Some emollients also contain ingredients which can protect your skin from irritants like soap or detergents, taking a two-pronged approach to managing your eczema flare-ups.
Although emollient creams, lotions, and ointments all work in the same way, their slightly different formulations mean that they may be more suitable for some times than others.
For example, some people choose to use emollient creams during the day when they’re having an eczema flare-up and then use an ointment at night due to its thicker formula.
Some people also choose to use lotions every day either as a cleanser or over their eczema-prone skin to help to keep their skin as hydrated as possible.
Some emollients can be used as cleansers, either for their hands or as body washes in the bath or shower.
This helps them to avoid using soaps, which can aggravate some dry skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.
There are also some emollients that can be used in your bath water in place of bubble baths, bath salts, or other products so you can protect your sensitive skin there too.
However, if you do choose to use an emollient in the bath or shower, bear in mind that it can make your bath or shower slippery.
You should take extra care not to slip after using an emollient bathing product and should clean your bath or shower properly afterwards to help to prevent yourself or others from falling.
Children who suffer from eczema or other dry skin conditions like psoriasis or dermatitis can use eczema to ease their symptoms.
Both Oilatum and Epaderm have Junior emollient ranges which are designed to soothe and protect children’s sensitive skin.
However, not every product will be child friendly, so you should speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using a new emollient on your child for the first time.
Emollients work by forming a thin protective layer over the skin.
This layer doesn’t just help to keep moisture locked into your skin, hydrating it from the inside, but it helps to protect the skin from outside irritants.
It’s effectively a two in one method of keeping your skin protected and hydrated as you manage your dry skin condition.