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 Any good skincare routine will address both: a lightweight serum for adding moisture, then an occlusive cream or oil to lock-in hydration. Rachel Burchfield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Skincare Secrets From Meghan Markle's Favorite Facialists," 1 Mar. 2021 Petrolatum is probably one of the most used and best-studied occlusive ingredients, Neuser says. Sabina Wizemann, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About Occlusives in Skincare," 28 Dec. 2020 When looking for lotions and creams to slather on, a combination of humectant, emollient, and occlusive ingredients make for the most effective moisturizers. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Guide to Managing Keratosis Pilaris This Season," 28 Nov. 2020 Dieux's reusable Forever Eye Masks are made with medical grade silicone to act as an occlusive layer and help eye gels, serums, and creams sink in for maximum absorption. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Reusable Skin-Care Products That Are Good for the Planet and Your Wallet," 11 Nov. 2020 It’s formulated with shea butter, vitamins, and chamomile essence to create a semi-occlusive skin barrier, which lets air penetrate while protecting underlying skin or wounds. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Our favorite affordable lip balms," 27 Oct. 2020 An occlusive is a heavy cream or oil that seals moisture just like plastic wrap but for your skin. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Do Oils Really Hydrate Your Skin?," 18 Sep. 2020 These tend to be thicker and more occlusive, and thus more likely to plug up a pore. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of Body Acne, According to Derms," 18 Aug. 2020 Protect skin with an occlusive skincare product before any dye is applied. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "How to Remove Hair Dye From Your Skin, According to the Pros," 14 Aug. 2020

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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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“Occlusive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/occlusive. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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