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How do lubricants, moisturizers and repairing products differ?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

These terms are usually used to describe various cosmetic moisturizing agents, though they have little scientific difference. Generically speaking, lubricants help smooth dry skin that is rough and flaky, giving it a more slippery feel.

Moisturizers increase skin flexibility by bringing moisture to skin's surface layers. Repairing or replenishing products are engineered to help with the signs of aging, such as sun spots, over drying, and wrinkled or crinkled skin. All three are generally emollients, meaning they soften and smooth skin by aiding in water retention.

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