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Health Tip: Choosing a Moisturizer

Creme or ointment is preferred over lotion

(HealthDay News) -- A moisturizer can help keep skin healthy, but it's important to choose the right one.

The American Academy of Dermatology offers these suggestions:

  • Look for a cream or ointment versus a lotion for more moisturizing power. The former are less irritating.
  • Choose ointments or creams that contain oils such as jojoba or olive oil.
  • Look for other beneficial ingredients including mineral oil, glycerin, lanolin, dimethicone, lactic acid, urea or hyaluronic acid.
  • If you have sensitive skin, avoid products with deodorant, fragrance or alcohol.
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