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What's a humectant?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Humectants are ingredients that retain moisture. In a body cleanser, a humectant can help draw water up from your dermis to your epidermis. It can also bring moisture from the air to your skin.

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