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

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Recent Examples on the Web Haeckels seaweed and salicylic powder exfoliant sloughs off dry skin with its mix of ground seaweed, tea tree leaves and crushed willow bark. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Pro tips for keeping a guy’s skin looking great — even in a Chicago winter," 19 Feb. 2021 For example, True Botanicals Sugar Scrub, a hydrating body exfoliant and Jones' toning face mist of choice, Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Hydrating Spray, rings in at £32. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "January Jones Revealed Her Entire £1,000 Skincare Routine," 29 Jan. 2021 Now, due to popular demand, the exfoliant is set to re-launch in 2021, and get this: It's already amassed an 11,400-person waiting list. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "This Sold-Out Paula's Choice Exfoliant Is Back — With a Waiting List of More Than 11,000," 1 Jan. 2021 Medium depth peels are most commonly performed with glycolic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), or Jessner’s solution, which is a mixture of lactic acid, salicylic acid, and an antiseptic exfoliant. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: Acids for Skin Care Ingredient Guide," 19 Nov. 2020 For me, a good facial has always included thorough extractions and some kind of heavy-hitting exfoliant. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "We Tried the Best Methods for Getting Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes," 9 Sep. 2019 What our spirits might also need, Williams suggests, is three skin-care products — cleanser, an exfoliant, and a moisturizer — from his forthcoming line, Humanrace, which launches November 25 on a website of the same name. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Pharrell Is Launching a Skin-Care Line Called Humanrace, and We Tried It First," 11 Nov. 2020 This gentle workhorse of an exfoliant can clear scalps with dry, combination, or oily skin. Popular Science, "Scalp scrubs that banish scaly patches and build-up," 4 Sep. 2020 Sugar also contains natural glycolic acid, which works as a chemical exfoliant to help get rid of even more dead skin. Jennifer Blair, chicagotribune.com, "The best body scrub," 22 Aug. 2020

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Exfoliant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliant. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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