Moisturizers: what they are and a practical approach to product selection

Skin Therapy Lett. 2005 Jun;10(5):1-8.


Moisturizers are widely used products that are important in many dermatologic and cosmetic skin therapies. They contain varying combinations of emollients, occlusives, and humectants to achieve their beneficial effects, and there is an overwhelming number of formulations available. To develop a rational approach for prescribing moisturizers, commercially available products can be categorized on the basis of application site.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Cosmetics
  • Emollients / administration & dosage*
  • Emollients / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Pharmacopoeias as Topic
  • Skin Care / methods*
  • Skin Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Skin Diseases / physiopathology
  • Skin Physiological Phenomena*
  • Water Loss, Insensible


  • Cosmetics
  • Emollients