#SkinSpeak: What Are Humectants?


Humectants are ingredients commonly used in skin care products – mainly moisturizers – for their hydrating properties. At the most basic level, a humectant is used to bind water to the skin in order to keep it moist and resilient, therefore encouraging a smoother, plumper, more lifted complexion.

Popular humectants include:

Most moisturizers are a combination of humectants and emollients. (You can learn more about emollients here). You can think of this way: emollients=oil or lipids whereas humectants=water. Hence, humectants make excellent moisturizers for all skin types, including oily and acne-prone.

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