Humectants

Humectants draw water into the skin, increasing its moisture content. Examples include glycerine, propylene glycol, urea, hyaluronic acid and alpha hydroxy acids. Humectants are most effective when used in combination with other moisturising ingredients, such as occlusive agents, which help to trap water in the skin.

References
Sethi A, Kaur T, Malhotra SK, Gambhir ML. Moisturizers: The Slippery Road. Indian J Dermatol. 2016;61(3):279-287.

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