Definition of exfoliate
1 : to cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
2 : to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3 : to spread or extend by or as if by opening out leaves
1 : to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2 : to come off in thin layers or scales
3 : to grow by or as if by producing or unfolding leaves
exfoliationplay \(ˌ)eks-ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun
exfoliativeplay \eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective
Examples of exfoliate in a Sentence
a soap that promises to help me exfoliate all that dry, flaky skin I've apparently been carrying around
Recent Examples of exfoliate from the Web
Dr. Woolery-Lloyd takes a multifaceted approach with her line; each product has a blend of natural and scientific ingredients to help exfoliate, brighten, and calm the skin, as well as to protect it from any future dark spots.
Using organic, Hungarian skincare products for exfoliating masks, Albina uses practices learned in the Ukraine, including aromatherapy, massage and extractions by hand.
Designed to exfoliate your skin, those beads easily slip through sewage treatment plants and are carried into rivers, lakes, and oceans.
Self-tanners work by dyeing the dead cells on the surface of the skin; for best results, teenagers and others should exfoliate before applying an even layer of the lotion, cream, or spray.
Reddish seed capsules and exfoliating papery bark extend the season for months.
For instance, several recommended using them to pick up lint and pet hair on furnishings and clothing, to exfoliate your skin in the shower, and to scrub potatoes, mushrooms, and other vegetables.
Over-scrubbing, exfoliating too harshly or too often, and even washing your face with harsh formulas can create microscopic cracks in your outer skin, leading to irritation and loss in hydration, according to Dr. Zeichner.
The woman who’d had the skin exam left looking fresh and unburdened, her anxiety exfoliated.
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Medical Definition of exfoliate
transitive verb: to cast off in scales or laminae
2: to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3: to shed (teeth) by exfoliation
intransitive verb: to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2: to come off in thin layers or scales : scale off
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