from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
- transitive v. To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
- intransitive v. To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the leaves from a plant.
- v. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To separate and come off in scales or laminæ, as pieces of carious bone or of bark.
- intransitive v. To split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition.
- transitive v. To remove scales, laminæ, or splinters from the surface of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments; desquamate: as, the exfoliating bark of a tree.
- Specifically In surgery, to separate and come off in scales, as carious bone.
- In mineralogy, to split into scales; especially, to become scaly at the surface in consequence of heat or decomposition: as, vermiculite exfoliates before the blowpipe.
- To scale; free from scales or splinters.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. grow by producing or unfolding leaves
- v. cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
- v. come off in a very thin piece
- v. spread by opening the leaves of
- v. remove the surface, in scales or laminae
Maybe I'll take some high-grade sandpaper into the shower and "exfoliate" until most of my skin falls off.
( "exfoliate," I should say, mineralogically) always into something else, -- though that's my fault more than yours; but I must go straight on now.
But I was getting good at sleeping in and rubbing sand onto my shins to exfoliate what was dead, and that counted for something.
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to exfoliate and shave your legs a day before using self-tanner, she says.3.
May 19, 2009 at 3: 17 PM â€¢ Coffee grounds act as a natural exfoliate.
That mothers hate her, and Schiffer, because now they've got to get up at 4.30 every morning to shower, exfoliate, buff, varnish and pluck, before they schlep to drop-off, Spanx-ed to within an inch of their lives and sporting this season's excruciating heels.
If, like me, you are a fan of Eve Lom's cleansing routine (£30), which requires a muslin face cloth, then you are already ticking the exfoliate and cleanse boxes (you could also use a flannel and something like Mama Mio's Clean Slate, £22.50).
I don't exfoliate as much as I should because I'm lazy (it supposedly helps the skin absorb moisture and preps for self tan—plus it just feels good), but when I do I use Bliss' Lemon + Sage Body Scrub (from £28) or the Body Shop's Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub (from £5).
To get dry, flaky skin prepped for summer exposure, gently exfoliate to give the skin a smoother and brighter appearance.
Use a gentle scrub to exfoliate lips at night, then generously apply an intensely moisturizing lip balm to keep lips soft and supple.