exfoliation

Scrub the dead skin off your face and enjoy some exfoliation! It sounds gross but feels really good. Exfoliation is the process of buffing off the outer layer of skin cells or shedding parts of a surface.

Exfoliation often refers to something people have done at a spa, but it’s not just for humans. A tree's exfoliation involves its bark being peeled off or leaves falling off. You could also call a snake shedding its entire scaly skin exfoliation (though it's officially known as ecdysis or shedding). When a plant loses its leaves, it's exfoliation — this is appropriate since exfoliation stems from the Latin exfoliare, "to strip of leaves."

Definitions of exfoliation
  1. noun
    the peeling off in flakes or scales of bark or dead skin
    exfoliation is increased by sunburn”
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    type of:
    organic phenomenon
    (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals
  2. noun
    a thin flake of dead epidermis shed from the surface of the skin
    synonyms: scale, scurf
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    types:
    dander
    small scales from animal skins or hair or bird feathers that can cause allergic reactions in some people
    dandruff
    loose scales shed from the scalp
    type of:
    bit, chip, flake, fleck, scrap
    a small fragment of something broken off from the whole
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