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Why is it important to have a humectant in a moisturizer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

The purpose of a humectant is to draw in and hold onto moisture. Some of the most commonly used humectants include glycerin, sodium lactate, urea, and propylene glycol.

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