Does Moisturizing Prevent Wrinkles?

Does using a moisturizer prevent wrinkles?  The internet is full of stories of women who have used one brand or another's moisturizer for decades and have aged gracefully. Unfortunately, the notion that moisturizers on their own prevent wrinkles is a myth (these women were likely genetically blessed). Unless your moisturizer contains sunscreen or other active ingredients that are known to mitigate skin aging, it alone will not prevent wrinkles.

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What are the best moisturizers for dry skin?

There are many excellent moisturizers that are available over-the-counter today.  Ideal moisturizers contain three types of ingredients: an occlusive, a humectant and an emollient.   Occlusive ingredients such as petrolatum, silicone or mineral oil slow the evaporation of water from the skin.  Humectants such as glycerin, urea and propylene glycol draw water from the dermis (the deeper layer of the skin) to hydrate the epidermis (the top layer).

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