oc·​clu·​sive | \ ə-ˈklü-siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of occlusive

1 : serving to occlude
2 : characterized by occlusion

Examples of occlusive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s mostly thanks to its occlusive properties, which again, help lock in moisture. 2. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "9 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Softer, Smoother Hair," 22 Apr. 2020 Humectants help add additional hydration, while ceramides and occlusive ingredients reinforce the skin barrier, ultimately helping to protect you from irritants that might trigger an eczema flare. Jenna Birch, SELF, "The 12 Best Eczema Creams to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin," 25 Mar. 2020 The skin’s moisture barrier can get damaged pretty easily, whether from harsh weather or harsh products, Dr. Sisto explains, and a heavy occlusive moisturizer can help the skin recover when that damage occurs. Sara Coughlin, SELF, "Why Skin-Care Reddit Swears By the ‘Slug Life’ Method for Super-Hydrated Skin," 3 Feb. 2020 The GH Beauty Lab pick below, Kiehl's Lip Balm #1, contains the moisturizer squalane and occlusive petrolatum. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "10 Best Remedies for Dry, Flaky Skin on Your Face — And How to Stop It in the First Place," 7 Jan. 2020 Hyaluronic acid products are great for pretty much every skin type, Dr. Newsom says, but can be beneficial particularly for those with combination skin who are looking for a highly moisturizing product that isn’t too thick or occlusive. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Hyaluronic Acid Benefits: This Ingredient Is a Skin-Care Superstar for Good Reason," 3 Oct. 2019 What can Black women do to prevent milia? Black women can try to prevent milia by avoiding excess friction to the affected area, avoiding excess sun exposure and limiting the use of heavy, occlusive, oily topical products. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Dr. Michelle Henry Talks How To Treat Underarm Hyperpigmentation, Milia And More," 16 Oct. 2019 But more occlusive, ointment-like products are some of the most effective at sealing in moisture and protecting skin. Beth Janes, Good Housekeeping, "Are You Moisturizing Your Skin Correctly?," 2 Aug. 2019 Face masks are probably most effective at moisturizing your skin Because of their occlusive design, face masks are good at moisturizing the skin. Sarah Digiulio, NBC News, "Are those trendy face masks actually doing anything for your skin?," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of occlusive

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for occlusive

Latin occlusus, past participle of occludere

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The first known use of occlusive was in 1888

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25 May 2020

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“Occlusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occlusive. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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oc·​clu·​sive | \ -siv How to pronounce occlusive (audio) \

Medical Definition of occlusive

: causing or characterized by occlusion occlusive arterial disease

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