Feature: Skin Hydration for Different Skin Types

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Avoiding dry skin is important for good skin care. Dry skin happens when your skin doesn't get or keep enough moisture. For skin to look and feel smooth and supple, the outer layer, or stratum corneum, has to be at least 10% water. Ideally, it should be 20% to 30%.

Moisturizers, which help hydrate the top layer of skin cells, as well as seal in moisture, lead the list of ways to avoid dry skin. Experts recommend choosing skin care products, like moisturizers, that are formulated for your skin type, whether that's sensitive, normal, dry, oily, or a combination. For dry skin, use a gentle cleansing soap. Apply a moisturizer with sunscreen once a day right after cleansing while the skin is still down to help seal in moisture.

It may sound strange, but even oily skin can become dehydrated. Look for moisturizers labeled "oil-free" and "non-comedogenic." They won't clog pores or cause acne. Sensitive skin can be challenging. Applying a moisturizer to skin that is not damp in the morning and avoiding products that contain fragrances, soap, alcohol, or acids may help prevent irritation. The fewer ingredients in a product, the better. No matter what your skin type, using a moisturizer daily and practicing year-round sun protection can help maintain healthy skin.