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Can I moisturize skin by wetting it?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

No, putting water on the skin will not increase its moisture-holding capacity. In reality, spraying water on skin can cause it to become too wet for too long (known as maceration), exposing the protective barrier to tearing or other damage.

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