An emollient is a substance
(sometimes referred to as an "agent") that softens and soothes the skin.
Emollients can take many different forms because a wide range of substances
have emollient properties. For example, emollients include fats and oils,
such as lanolin and liquid paraffin.
Emollients are sometimes used alone as moisturizers. They are also
used in skin preparations as a base for other active drugs, such as antibiotics.
Many natural products have emollient properties, including for example: