Definition of humectant in English:

humectant

adjective

  • Retaining or preserving moisture.

    • ‘And adding a humectant ingredient, such as glycerin, helps to draw needed moisture to the skin.’
    • ‘He also warns against using humectant moisturizers near your eyes; these products bind water to help keep skin hydrated but can have the side effect of creating puffy eyes.’
    • ‘Classified as humectants, they have benefits in addition to humectant properties.’
    moisturizing, palliative, balsamic
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noun

  • A substance, especially a skin lotion or a food additive, used to reduce the loss of moisture.

    • ‘Another alternative is to use humectants, which prevent water loss by attracting moisture.’
    • ‘If hair is overly dry, give it a moisture surge with products containing natural humectants like jojoba oil or aloe.’
    • ‘Classified as humectants, they have benefits in addition to humectant properties.’
    • ‘Hand lotions or skin moisturizers are either humectants or lipids.’
    • ‘The humectants hold moisture in contact with the skin.’

Origin

Early 19th century (denoting a moistening agent): from Latin humectant- moistening from the verb humectare, from humectus moist, wet from humere be moist.

Pronunciation:

humectant

/(h)yo͞oˈmektənt/