Dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon compares costly moisturizers with drugstore creams to determine how well they work.
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Female: Hi doctors, I am currently using a $250 face cream and I would really like to try something new. I was wondering does it really cost a fortune to keep my face moisturized or will drugstore brands work as well. Thanks doctors. Dr. Drew Ordon: Such a good question and we are going to put it to the test, right? Glynis Ablon: I believe we are. Dr. Travis Stork: Such a lot of money. 250$ for. Dr. Lisa Masterson: We all get -- just bought something about that expensive this weekend. You want beautiful skin. Dr. Drew Ordon: And Carrie was nice enough to help us out with little moisturizing test that we are going to do. Before the show, we actually applied three different types of moisturizers, the high end 250$ A, B is from the drug store about 10$ for a generic kind of moisturizer and finally do it yourself at home variety moisturizer, good all avocados for a couple of box. Glynis Ablon: So we have placed it on there. We actually did a reading before we place this on and this is going to measure the moisture content and her initial value is 36 at all three locations. So, we are going to go ahead, we are going to place this on the skin. Dr. Drew Ordon: And this actually measures moisture. Glynis Ablon: And it's going to measure the moisture and that is 42. Dr. Travis Stork: So 36 to 42. Dr. Drew Ordon: Keep it up. Dr. Travis Stork: And that was 250$ one. Glynis Ablon: That was the 250. Here we go and this is 47.9. Dr. Travis Stork: It's the 10$ one. Dr. Drew Ordon: Common avocados. Glynis Ablon: And here is the avocado, 42.2. Dr. Drew Ordon: So that 10$ moisturizer works better? Glynis Ablon: Well, the moisture content was highest with the least expensive sort of it, avocado. When you are dealing with an expensive cream, typically you are dealing with something that is thicker. So something thicker on the skin is going to make the skin feel softer, it can last longer and so that duration determines how long you stay moisturized. Dr. Jim Sears: So, if we measure it a few hours from now, the results would probably be in favor of the expensive one? Glynis Ablon: It will portably change and they could favor the expensive one. Dr. Travis Stork: So, give recommendations? Glynis Ablon: I tell my patients to find something that they like the consistency of. I personally have oily skin and so I do not use anything but a moisturizing sunscreen that is my moisturizer and I put it on the morning even though I have it on right now when I am inside so that's what I recommend. If you have really, really dry skin, you may want to use a moisturizer under that sunscreen. Dr. Travis Stork: Thanks for helping us out Carrie.