When to apply them

Emollients can be applied as often as recommended by the manufacturer to keep the skin well moisturised and in good condition.

It's especially importantto regularly apply an emollient to your hands and face because they are exposed to the elements more than any other part of your body.

Certain activities, such as swimming or gardening, can irritate the skin, so it may help to applyan emollient beforehand.

For babies, it is a good idea to protect their hands and cheeks with an emollient before meal times to stop them getting sore from food and drinks.

Emollients are best applied after washing your hands, taking a bath or showering because this is when the skin is moist. The emollient should ideally be applied to the skin at least three or four times a day.

Whether you are prone to dry skin or not, it's a good idea to use an emollient cream or ointment after washing or bathing because this is when your skin is most in need of moisture. The emollient should be applied as soon as you have patted your skin dry to ensure it is properly absorbed.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018