Unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid found in corn, safflower, and sunflower oils and used as an emollient and thickening agent in cosmetics. There is some research showing it to be effective as a skin restorative, an antioxidant and as a skin-soothing agent.
Reference for this information:
Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012, pages 9231-9234
Archives of Dermatological Research, 1998, issue 7, pages 375-381
Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 1998, issue 2, pages 56-58
natural moisturizing factor (NMF)