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[mois-chuh-rahy-zer] /ˈmɔɪs tʃəˌraɪ zər/
a cosmetic preparation, as a cream or lotion, used to restore moisture to the skin, especially of the face and neck.
Origin of moisturizer
1955-60; moisturize + -er1
Related forms
demoisturizer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for moisturizer
  • Grease is rubbed on the skin as a sort of moisturizer.
  • Vacationers close by are talking about moisturizer and sunblock.
  • They were told to pat dry afterward and apply a heavy slathering of moisturizer.
  • You'll do fine as long as you start with a product that contains a good moisturizer, for example glycerin and water.
  • First, apply the spray all over your body and the moisturizer on your face.
  • Because of the parched desert winds, good hair conditioner and moisturizer is also advised.
  • If you have dry, sensitive skin, pack a moisturizer and lip balm.
  • After bathing, apply a moisturizer plus a barrier cream.
  • Use moisturizer on the skin, particularly in the dry winter months.
  • Apply a soothing moisturizer after bathing to soften and cool the skin.
British Dictionary definitions for moisturizer


a cosmetic cream, lotion, etc applied to the skin to add or restore moisture to it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moisturizer

1915, from moisture; attested earlier than moisturize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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