What Do Occlusives in Skincare Products Do For Your Skin?Credit : Anna Shvets / Pexels

Occlusives are present in every skincare product that hydrates the skin. From lip balms and facials moisturizers to body lotions, occlusives are the workhorse ingredients that are a godsend for people with dry or dehydrated skin. They also help in preventing premature signs of aging like lines and wrinkles, heal wounds, and help skin recover from sun damage.

As Olay Scientific Communications Senior Director Dr. Frauke Neuser explains to Good Housekeeping, occlusives are moisturizing agents that form a protective layer over the skin's surface and forms a barrier to prevent the loss of moisture. They also protect the skin from external factors like wind, pollen, and friction. Dr. Neuser adds that occlusives are best for those who have dry or dehydrated skin. As they usually have a thick and heavy consistency, people with oily skin should avoid face products with certain occlusives. More on that below.

Occlusives VS Humectants

Occlusives and humectants are the two most important ingredients in moisturizing products. While it's a common misconception that they serve the same purpose, they actually have different properties. Occlusives stops natural moisture and water from evaporating from the skin by providing a waterproof coating on the surface while humectants, like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, attract water into the skin. Both ingredients work to keep the skin hydrated and plump. You will usually find both in the same products.