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What ingredients should I look for when choosing a moisturizer?

What skin care product makes your skin look fresher and younger almost instantly, can cost under $10 and takes just two minutes to use?

It's your basic moisturizer. Emollients and humectants do most of the work. Here's how to find them:
  • Emollients fill in the tiny crevices between surface cells that are almost ready to be shed, so skin stays smooth, soft, and pliable. On the ingredients list, look for one or more of these words: lanolin, jojoba oil, isopropyl palmitate, propylene glycol linoleate, squalene and glycerol stearates.
  • Humectants draw water to the outermost layer of your skin, which gives it a healthy, dewy glow. On the ingredients list, look for one or more of these words: hyaluronic acid, alpha-hydroxy acids, sorbitol, glycerin, propylene glycerol, urea and sodium lactate.

One other must-have on the label: a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. If your favorite moisturizer doesn't come in an SPF 30 version, slather on sunscreen separately every day -- and enjoy watching your skin stay young.

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