ex·fo·li·a·tor | \(ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tər \

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This very gentle physical exfoliator from Tatcha comes in an easily transportable powder. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The 8 Best Face Exfoliators for Soft, Velvety Skin," 18 Jan. 2018 With a watery consistency and three percent active glycolic acid, the liquid exfoliator-meets-toner-meets-treatment resembles the fan-favorite Pixi Glow Tonic (which includes five percent glycolic acid and a few different ingredients). Melanie Rud Chadwick, Allure, "Tan-Luxe Is Launching an Innovative Self-Tanner Remover and a Self-Tanning Oil This Summer," 20 Apr. 2018 Despite exfoliator's benefits, over-exfoliation can lead to redness, irritation, and even breakouts. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "The 9 Best Exfoliators for Every Skin Type," 5 July 2018 Small microfine bits of exfoliator help slough dead skin off the scalp, too. $42 at DermStore Buy IGK Low Key Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub $36, Sephora Unlike most scrubs, this one uses sugar instead of salt to exfoliate. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 Scalp exfoliators typically remove dead skin with either small amounts of salicylic acid (more commonly found in acne products), or granules that dissolve. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018 Tatcha—the pricey-but-worth-it brand behind Meghan's go-to exfoliator—just announced that from Sunday, June 3, to Sunday, June 10, the brand is offering 15 percent off everything on its website as part of its Summer Celebration sale. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Tatcha Is Having a Ridiculously Good Sale Right Now," 3 June 2018 Oribe dry texturizing spray, $48; birchbox.com For Polished, Glowy Skin This natural product is a gentle exfoliator, which buffs skin to be the perfect canvas for any makeup look. Alex Apatoff, PEOPLE.com, "How to Get Meghan Markle's Glowy Bridal Beauty Look," 19 May 2018 AHAs that are stand-alone exfoliators are most effective. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "Exfoliation Tips for the Best Skin Ever," 25 June 2018

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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ex·fo·li·a·tor | \(ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt-ər \

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