Add to Favorites

Retexturing Activator Face exfoliator

Retexturing Activator is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 35.
  • y_2019, m_1, d_22, h_24
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.9
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_35
  • loc_en_US, sid_635494327007, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_skinceuticals-us
  • bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 17.1.0, p_sdk_3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getAggregateRating, 11ms
  • reviews, product

This oil-free serum simultaneously exfoliates skin and replenishes moisture for radiant, smooth, skin

skin types


skin condition




In Stock

Ensure your SkinCeuticals products are always authentic.

Learn more.

Product Details

Retexturing Activator is a revolutionary replenishing and resurfacing serum that helps reinforce the skin’s barrier for healthier, more radiant skin. Using patented technology, this unique serum is highly effective in promoting proper exfoliation while optimizing the skin’s amino acid supply to reinforce the external barrier. Formulated in an efficient oil-free delivery system suitable for all skin types to replenish and exfoliate skin for noticeably soft, smooth skin texture. This oil-free serum has the resurfacing power of daily 20% glycolic acid treatment.

  • Bi-functional exfoliation and hydration
  • Diminishes the appearance of surface lines and smoothes skin
  • Increases the look of overall radiance
  • Balances moisture levels
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Stimulates enzymes that help break the bonds that bind dead cells to the surface of the skin, to diminish surface lines and wrinkles

How To Use


Twice daily, apply 4-6 drops of serum to the face, neck, and chest, or use as directed by a skincare professional.

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    Retexturing Activator harnesses two polar mechanisms – exfoliation and hydration – to activate skin’s natural desquamation, or removal of dead skin cells, and visibly diminish surface lines without dryness. This replenishing serum is shown to have the resurfacing power of a daily 20% glycolic treatment.

Key Ingredients

  • 25% hydroxyethyl urea/aminosulfonic acid compound
  • Kombucha
  • Hyaluronic acid

This unique patented combination of ingredients is designed to stimulate enzymes that help break the bonds binding dead skin cells to skin’s surface, to evenly exfoliate skin while maintaining the skin’s moisture levels

Learn more about hydroxyethyl urea

See all ingredients

aqua / water / eau, hydroxyethyl urea, hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid, pentylene glycol, saccharomyces/xylinum/ black tea ferment, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, methylparaben, phenoxyethanol

Physician Insight

Physician image

My favorite product is Retexturing Activator. I love that it gives the exfoliation and glow of a retinoid, while replenishing moisture for smooth skin.

Dr. Sarah Sawyer – Dermatology and Laser of Alabama

Learn about Dr. Sarah Sawyer

Complete Your Regimen


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of SC's better products! Excellent product so far; I've only been using for two weeks but have seen an overall improvement in skin tone plus I'm noticing less breakouts. I was using twice a day to see what kind of results I would get, but that proved to be a bit too much as some places began to exfoliate more than I wanted, so, I switched to using every other evening. Although, some mornings, I do mix with a little aloe vera gel from the Best Bath Store which contains manuka honey and makeup application is smoother than with the serum alone. The gel also keeps the serum from being so sticky when turning in for the night. Goes great under the tinted sunscreen!
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Effective gentle exfoliator This is an excellent product for people who have sensitive skin, use retinol products, and/or those whose skin cannot handle a physical or chemical exfoliator - I am one of those people. I could never get the benefits that others got while using AHA or BHA products. And the difference that I saw in my skin after using this product for a couple of days was amazing. The clarity and texture of my congested skin dramatically improved and I had absolutely no irritation - a plus that someone with sensitive skin like me appreciates. I also love that they formulated this product with hyaluronic acid - genius! I use this along with the Phloretin CF and Retinol 0.5 and my skin has never looked better. I will now only use SkinCeuticals products :)
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Serum! I just started using the Retexturing Activator about a month ago and I have seen INCREDIBLE results. I have dry skin (especially because I live in a cold climate) and its been a year since I've been able to get a chemical peel. This serum in combination with the Salicylic Acid Wash Cleanser has renewed my skin. I also use the Serum 15 AOX+, but I first started using the Retexturing Activator on it's own. My face is soft and supple, and the name of the serum is correct: it truly retexturizes your face. I am in love! Highly recommended for sensitive, dry skin.
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for Sensitive Skin! This product is one of my favorites! The esthetician at Spa Merge introducted me to it when I was having some break outs and uneven skin tone. Now I can't go a day without it.I am an avid beauty product junkie and have tried everything for my sensitive skin. This product evened out my skin texture and made my skin feel baby smooth. I usually expect serums to be sticky, but this one glides on your face. I definitely recommend it for any type of skin!
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I live in a harsh high alpine desert climate and have struggled with skincare. I want to use anti aging products but never want to be dry, irritated, red, and flakey. This is what I’ve experienced with retinols and other exfoliating products over the past decade. I want to prevent and correct and look good while doing so, and enjoy my 30’s! I was holding onto this sample for some time and randomly decided to give it a go. I’ve only used it for one week, alone at night, and am shocked by the results. My skin is so moisturized, clarified, soft, smooth, and bright, I don’t even have to use a moisturizer during the day if I don’t feel like it, it’s unbelievable. I have zero irritation and my pores seem to be shrinking, the product is an excellent exfoliater. It feels light and smooth, and somehow has dramatically improved the moisture level of my skin, even after I wash it off. I have never been a fan of heavy moisturizers because I think they create dependency, and look greasy and gross. The moisture I get from this product seems to come from the exfoliating process, it’s really unique in that way. I felt compelled to write this review because I had no idea this awesome product existed, and I think other people also want to simplify, improve the health and vibrancy of their skin immediately, and stop the viscous cycle of irritation that most exfoliating products cause! definitely give it a try!
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This product is nothing short of amazing. It's incredibly powerful and effective at softening fine lines, smoothing out roughness, evening skin tone, lessening hyperpigmentation, and hydrating! What more can you ask for without going and getting work done? My skin is incredibly intolerant to retin-a and retinol. While this isn't exactly the same, I'll take it!! My skin has never been brighter!
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changed my skin! I'm on my 3rd bottle of this so my skin has definitely seen the results! Not only moisturizes my extremely sensitive skin, but has changed the overall texture. My skin will break out very easily and so its been hard for me to find something to moisturize as well as improve texture and tone. I firmly believe this also has decreased my breakouts. Amazing. Recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2010-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Changing my mind about serums Up to this point I have struck out with serums. They usually break me out within 1 week of use. This product has not broken me out and my skin feels softer and looks brighter. I am only 3 wks in but I do think my forehead lines have softened. For reference I'm 35 with very sensitive skin. Struggle with adult acne along chin and have mild rosacea.
Date published: 2015-09-15
  • y_2019, m_1, d_22, h_24
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_2.0.9
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_0, tr_35
  • loc_en_US, sid_635494327007, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=RELEVANCE, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_skinceuticals-us
  • bvseo_sdk, dw_cartridge, 17.1.0, p_sdk_3.2.0
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 9ms
  • reviews, product