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Fact or Fiction: Skin Moisturizing
by Staff
Moisturizing. It's a chore, but the experts agree: If you don't do it regularly, your skin will suffer. But there are so many different kinds -- what's right for you? This quiz could give you a little more confidence in the moisturizer aisle.

After a shower or bath, you should towel off completely before applying moisturizer.

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  • almost fact: Towel off, but live your skin a little damp.

Creams and ointments are more moisturizing than lotions.

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  • almost fact: Creams, ointments, lotions -- whatever you call them, they're all the same.

You should never put straight petroleum jelly on your skin.

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  • almost fact: You can use it, but only on rougher skin, like your heels.

A hyperbolic moisturizer helps slough off dead skin cells.

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  • almost fact: It's actually a keratolytic moisturizer that helps your skin shed cells.

A cleanser that contains hyaluronic acid will moisturize your face as it cleans it.

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  • almost fact: Hyaluronic acid cleansers penetrate the epidermis better than other cleansers, but they don't moisturize.

Moisturizers with retinoids are some of the best anti-aging products because they protect against sun damage.

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  • almost fact: Retinoids are effective because they encourage skin-cell turnover.

When it comes to body lotions, one good ingredient to look for is sodium lauryl sulfate.

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  • almost fact: Sodium lauryl sulfate is actually an ingredient to avoid.

As a rule of thumb, people with very dry skin should use moisturizers that come in tubs as opposed to pump bottles.

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  • almost fact: People with dry skin should use moisturizers in squeeze bottles.

If you have dry skin or eczema, look for moisturizers that contain glycerin or lactic acid.

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  • almost fact: It's people with oily skin who should use lotions with glycerin and lactic acid.

Hand and face creams often have many of the same ingredients.

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  • almost fact: Hand and body creams have similar ingredient lists.