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Retexturing Activator Face exfoliator

Retexturing Activator is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 126.
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This oil-free serum simultaneously exfoliates skin and replenishes moisture for radiant, smooth, skin

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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

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

Physician Insight

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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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite serum ever The texture of my skin has never ever been smoother and the moisture retention is next level
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast results! I have been using this for a week only every other night, and I use the glycolic 10 the nights I dont use this. My dermatologist suggested to build up the usage of both products to every night, first this and second the glycolic 10 but I am a little affraid to do so. Are those 2 products good to be used together every night?
Date published: 2019-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Toner! This toner was recommended to me by a skin care specialist, and I am now addicted. It is great for hydration, and even skin tone. It is also gentle enough for my super sensitive skin. I have started to use once a day in the evening, and only need a couple of drops to make a difference.
Date published: 2019-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is in my top two clay masks of alllllllll time and I’ve used ALOT! From drug store to sephora faves, to other medical grade options. This one meets and exceeds my expectations, it really gets in there and keeps my skin clear! I have oily/sensitive acne prone skin, and I wouldn’t survive without this mask. I use it once a week usually, and I always follow it with their phyto mask. If you want results and you’re committed to good skin, this is for you.
Date published: 2019-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this. Every time I break out I use this and by the next morning my skin is clear again. I also use it when I feel a breakout coming on and it usually treats it before I see any real pimples surface.
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only been using this product for a month now but I've noticed a difference. My skin tone is light and I don't have intense dark circles, but I'm noticing as I get into my 30s I am losing volume. It is pricey, but you don't need to use a lot each night. I will buy again!
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Serum is incredible! The product provides firmness and hydration to the skin by regenerating the surface of the skin and, thus, preventing aging. It is clear that this cosmetic is quite expensive, but if you are one of those people who prefer to avoid problems with the skin with unreliable and cheap products, this product is wonderfully effective.
Date published: 2019-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best!! It has kept my under eyes from creating creases or fine lines. I am 35 yo and I still get looked at as being 25. Take care of your skin at a young age, you’ll be happy you did. 
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a beautiful serum! It is expensive, but worth the price. My dermatologist recommended this to me and I’m so glad she did. It helped my skin and I saw noticeable improvements. Skinceuticals truly has the best serums! The ingredients are so far and beyond better than anything else I have found on the market
Date published: 2019-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite mask in the whole world! My skin becomes really smoth and bright after I used it. Totally love it!!!
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is very light weight, however it can tingle a little on your face when it first applied. It can feel a little tacky at first as well, they'd do better if they can make it absorb quicker and not be so sticky feeling. It does work wonders, my pores are looking better, and if you combine with a dermaplane service your skin will look so much different and you'll be amazed at the results.<br>
Date published: 2019-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This eye cream is very moisturizing and thick in consistency. &nbsp;Goes on nicely if you rub it between your fingers before applying. &nbsp;It does well under makeup and gives the dewy look under concealer. &nbsp;It is great for fine lines, however, does really help much with dark circles and puffiness.
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from moisturizes the skin in depth, I feel it instantly softer after! It’s not the first time that I bought this product
Date published: 2019-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a very hydrating and effective product! I love the ingredients and smell of this. It smells clean, professional, and delivers on its promises! I have purchased at least 4 jars of this. I’m not overly enthusiastic of the use of jars (sanitary) but that would be the only con of this product! I’ve never had irritation, redness or erythema when using this in combination with retinoids on my face either. Five stars!
Date published: 2019-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much improvement I have had so much improvement in the little bumps and uneven texture of my face since using this serum. Feels great going on.
Date published: 2019-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best!! I have been using Retexuring Activator since January 2007. Use it everyday. love it and it is so hydrating.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentle exfoliation I’ve been using this for several months now. It’s a great exfoliated for sensitive skin. I had zero reaction to using it twice daily.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The phyto+ is great. I get micro needling done so when my skin is recovering this is great to put on
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Straw into gold! If I could take one thing to a desert island, this magic serum would be it. No joke, it transforms my skin, removing dull dead cells and generating vibrant new skin. Its true magic and my absolute go-to!
Date published: 2019-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I used this for about 3 months and did not notice any difference in my skin. It was bittersweet when I accidentally knocked the bottle over and it spilled. I wasn’t all that upset because I didn’t really feel it was doing anything so it was one less step to perform. I do however wish I didn’t watch my money go down my drain, literally.
Date published: 2019-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a huge fan of SkinCeuticals, but this I got as a tester after a facial. I included it in my daily routine before my moisturizer and I love it! It feels so calming and soft on the skin and helps with redness and discoloration. Only a few drops is needed to make it work its magic!
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gamechanger I was introduced to Skinceuticals at the med spa office. I was having a really hard time managing my rosacea. Even after using prescription products my skin was still red and bumpy. I decided to give this retexturing activator a try. I had never even heard of such a product. It's been about a month and a half and gone are the days of wasted money and disappointment . I am so happy to have found this. It has been an answer to all of my problems. My skin is now soft and smooth. Thank you!
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE! I have noticed a significant improvement in my fine lines under my eyes and crows and also the puffiness under my eyes. I really believe in this product. I would definitely recommend for people who want to decrease their puffiness under their eyes and fine lines around their eyes!
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I like an eye cream that is hydrating, soothing, helps with puffiness, and is not greasy. This checks all of those boxes off for me. I tend to have really dry eyelids that end up looking really bad with eyeshadow. This helps keep my lids super hydrated but is not greasy that my eyeshadow comes sliding off. A little goes a long way!
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this, it feels great on my skin. I just tried a sample so can’t speak to the long term effects. My dermatologist recommended it to me, and bonus is that it’s safe during breastfeeding. It seems to help fight wrinkles and dry skin. I think my skin did seem brighter while using it.
Date published: 2019-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Obsessed with this mask! Great clay mask that goes on smoothly and leaves your skin feeling tight and bright. Effective for blackheads and pore size.
Date published: 2019-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have I have been using this product in my morning regimen for years. This is one that I can't live without. It truly retexturizes. My face is ultra smooth.
Date published: 2019-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Years ago when I was in a aestheticians office with a family member I was given a handful of these tiny sample bottles of this product. I had it held off using them for a while but once I did boy were they amazing. My skin is soft as silk. I still use my moisturizer and then use the serum on top before my foundation. And you can tell the quality difference.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My everyday eye cream. Leaves under eye soft Very gentle. I have been using for over a year and have never found anything better
Date published: 2019-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Costs a lot but it is effective. I get this on amazon for the best price . A little does go far
Date published: 2019-05-03
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