exfoliant

noun
ex·​fo·​liant | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ənt How to pronounce exfoliant (audio) , -ˈfōl-yənt How to pronounce exfoliant (audio) \

Definition of exfoliant

: a mechanical or chemical agent (such as an abrasive skin wash or salicylic acid) that is applied to the skin to remove dead cells from the surface

Examples of exfoliant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Juice Beauty’s exfoliant is comparable, and really wonderful, and isn’t as fragrant. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 13 June 2022 Together, the constituents combine to create an efficient, powerful exfoliant that removes dirt and grime without irritating skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Additionally, glycolic acid, which can be an effective exfoliant for some skin types, is likely too harsh for those who experience rosacea. Sydney Poe, chicagotribune.com, 4 Apr. 2021 This resurfacing face mask is both an exfoliant and a show in one. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 That's when finding the best exfoliant for your face comes in handy. Jamie Wilson, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 May 2022 Kardashian is also bringing back toners — although, admittedly, the Toner could be categorized as an exfoliant, too. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 1 June 2022 Tata Harper created this Regenerating Cleanser to serve as a daily exfoliant and cleanser that polishes and buffs your skin, revealing your true radiant, glowing face. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 Being a natural exfoliant, volcanic ash can remove even the most stubborn dry patches without causing any harm to the newly forming layers of skin underneath. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exfoliant

1983, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jun 2022

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“Exfoliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliant. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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exfoliant

noun
ex·​fo·​liant | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ənt How to pronounce exfoliant (audio) , -ˈfōl-yənt How to pronounce exfoliant (audio) \

Medical Definition of exfoliant

: a mechanical or chemical agent (as an abrasive skin wash or salicylic acid) that is applied to the skin to remove dead cells from the surface

called also exfoliator

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