Aqueous cream is a light, non-greasy moisturiser that provides a layer of oil on the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface. It is made from a mixture of emulsifying ointment (which contains paraffin oils) and water, with phenoxyethanol as an antimicrobial preservative. Moisturisers such as aqueous cream are helpful for all dry skin conditions, particularly eczema and dermatitis, which get worse when the skin is allowed to dry out. Used regularly they help restore the skin's smoothness, softness and flexibility by helping the skin retain moisture. They should be applied frequently to prevent the skin drying out. Aqueous cream can also be used in place of soap when washing to prevent the skin from drying out. There are no known harmful effects when this medicine is used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.