Choose the Right Moisturizer

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Stores carry an overwhelming array of moisturizer choices. There’s something for every part of the body, from eyelids to feet, at prices that range from less than $10 to more than $100. 


The good news? Most, if not all, nonprescription moisturizers help smooth skin and replenish moisture in the outermost layer. 

But products with claims that go beyond the basics probably aren’t worth the extra cost. In fact, higher cost doesn’t correlate with a more effective product. Selecting a moisturizer often comes down to personal preference. 

Consider these tips from the November issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter

The Face or Other Acne-Prone Areas. Use products designed specifically for the face. Other moisturizers may clog pores.

Extra-Dry Skin. Products containing glycerin or lactic acid can provide a boost, but they may sting on application—especially for those with cracked skin. 

Sensitive Skin. Almost any moisturizer ingredient can cause skin irritation or allergy, but fragrances, dyes, lanolin, and the preservatives parabens and formaldehyde tend to be the most common offenders.

How to Use a Moisturizer. Moisturizers work best when used daily and immediately after a bath or shower. Well-hydrated skin feels better—soft, smooth and pliable—and it’s healthier. In well-hydrated skin, dead cells from the outer layer are more compact and orderly. This better shields the body from germs and allows dead skin cells to shed without becoming scaly or flaky.

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