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Which lotions are best for dry skin?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Inexpensive, fragrance-free lotion containing lanolin is often the most effective kind for treatment of mildly dry skin.  Watch the animation to learn more about dry skin.


To treat dry skin, look for a moisturizer that contains lactic acid, urea, hyaluronic acid, dimethicone, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil or petrolatum, as these ingredients have been proven to help skin hold moisture in. Apply moisturizer immediately after a shower or bath to seal in moisture. If you have chronic dry skin, talk to your doctor about the best way to treat it, which may include using a prescription product.


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