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What do basic moisturizers do?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Moisturizers are made to keep the outermost layer of skin hydrated by holding water inside the skin's surface. A moisturizer also helps to keep the skin barrier intact, enabling it to retain its own natural moisture.

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