Fact or Fiction: Skin Moisturizing

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

Post-shower, you should pat (not rub) yourself dry and apply moisturizer within five minutes.

Creams and ointments are more moisturizing than lotions.

Yes, it's true -- if you have severely dry skin, creams and ointments are the way to go.

You should never put straight petroleum jelly on your skin.

Petroleum jelly is highly moisturizing, but people tend to avoid it because they think it's too greasy.

A hyperbolic moisturizer helps slough off dead skin cells.

Keratolytic moisturizers that contain lactic or salicylic acid are good for moisturizing and exfoliating.

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

Hyaluronic acid helps the skin retain water, so it does moisturize as it cleans.

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

Retinoids diminish signs of aging by increasing cell turnover. They might also build collagen.

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

Sodium lauryl sulfate, a common ingredient in soap, actually dries the skin.

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

Tub moisturizers are thicker than bottled lotions, and thicker products are more moisturizing.

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

True. Other good ingredients for extra-dry skin are urea and ceramides.

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

It is strange to think about, but the thin skin on your hands responds to many ingredients in much the same way the face does.

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About This Quiz

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.

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