A natural ester of skin-conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil. It can have an occlusive effect on skin, but that does not mean skin is suffocating; rather, the occlusive nature helps keep vital hydrating substances in skin from escaping, such as can occur in a dry (arid) environment.
References for this information:
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, February 2018, pages 103-117
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, December 2017, ePublication; and March 2012, pages 3,291-3,340
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