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Ingredients to look for:

  1. Glycerin: A humectant, meaning that it draws water to itself. Putting it on your skin helps draw water to the skin. Although other humectant ingredients may be in the spotlight these days, glycerin is still one of the most common hydrating ingredients that you’ll see on ingredients labels.

  2. Hyaluronic Acid: A humectant that can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It’s present in all kinds of skin-care products, and all skin types should look out for it when in need of hydration. Because it’s present in your body naturally, it’s very unlikely to cause any sort of irritation

  3. Ceramides: Are an important part of the stratum corneum, the skin’s natural protective barrier. They exist between your skin cells, helping to seal the barrier shut, which both keeps hydration in and keeps potential irritants out.

  4. Squalane: A slightly different version of squalene, which is a compound made naturally in our skin (in our sebaceous glands). The sebaceous glands produce sebum, the oil that gives your skin a greasy feeling but also helps protect and moisturize it. Unlike sebum, squalane feels light on the skin and acts like an emollient, absorbing easily into your skin.

  5. Vitamin B5: Helps keep skin soft, smooth and healthy. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help stimulate your skin's healing processes. Deeply hydrating, it helps keep skin quenched by absorbing moisture from the air.

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