What are the ingredients of a moisturizer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Three important ingredients in a moisturizer are humectants, occlusives and emollients. Together, their properties keep the skin healthy hydrated by holding onto water, reducing evaporation, and sealing in moisture.

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What are the occlusive emollients found in moisturizers?
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How do humectants moisturize?
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