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Retexturing Activator Face exfoliator

Retexturing Activator is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 52.
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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

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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 I think this is great for skin with hyperpigmentation as well as problematic skin. It really helps the overall texture and smoothness of your face.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Absorbs right into skin . Not sure Im seeing any significant difference . Was recommended this to smooth and even skin tone
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. I use it mixed in with my cleanser every few nights and also drop a little in my clay mask!
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the money, this is the one serum I cannot be without. Four drops every night under moisturizer, four drops every morning under sunscreen. When I have gone without this I definitely notice a difference. After the first few days I noticed my skin was smoother, my pores didnt seem as visible, and my face was a bit more glowy. I like to use a vitamin c moisturizer over it, they seem to work well together, and I have used it under retinol with no issues as well.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is a really good resurfacing product. It provides chemical exfoliation and a light gel moisturizer in one. You do really notice a smoother texture in your skin.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had my husband start using this product. He fought me at first, but realized the power of a good product, such as this, when his skin became more smooth!
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ive only used the trial size but my skin looked and felt fabulous for the week that the sample last lol. I only used it at night and would wake up each morning with clear and bright skin that was hydrated and blemish free
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like this product because it can be used year round for me. its a multipurpose serum meaning it exfoliates and hydrates. It's good in the summer when i need exfoliating and hydrating/nights im not using retinol + its good in winter because its not too harsh on my dehydrated skin.
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I use this product every day I love it! It really does what it says on the tin retexturing as it smooths out your skin so nicely and makes my makeup application go on flawless! Gets rid of dryness and flakey skin. Packaging is very professional and clinical. However, serums from this brand are very pricey :( but I will buy this product over and over again
Date published: 2019-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My skin looks amazing! I am using this product along with the retinol 1.0 and my skin looks amazing!
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like it!!! My second bottle. My skin looks lighter, I used at night time.
Date published: 2019-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product Definitely has evened out my skin. I love that it has a moisturizing and not a drying effect.
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could Be Better The packaging for this product needs to be fixed because some of the product leaks and drips out from the area towards the handle of the applicator, which is a bummer because it wastes product (this isn’t the only one that does that; the Phyto Plus product I have does that too. And although I have yet to notice any surface lines diminishing, I do like that this makes my skin really soft and is a good hydrator.
Date published: 2018-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the results I expected I’ve been using this for 6 months and while my skin was softer, I didn’t see any change is tone or clarity.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moisture happy face! Love how this helps in keeping your face from drying out each day! Apply before regular moisture & feel the difference of how it goes in the skin so well.
Date published: 2018-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No difference yet I have been using it for about 2 weeks now but i havent noticed any difference yet. I will continue using it and hopefully will see some good results.
Date published: 2018-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I’m in love with this product! I just started using it and I can see the difference on my skin.
Date published: 2018-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from part of my regime 30 woman oily comb skin some dark spot The product specifically helped brighten my skin and a little bit the overall appearance i love it i use it in combination with other products that specifically help me with other issues too
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer! This product helped me simplify and improve my skincare routine. It gently exfoliates and lifts congestion from pores without irritation. At the same time, it diminishes the appearance of fine lines. I no longer get that 'one spot a month' as this addresses the breakout and mitigates it before it becomes noticeable. I have been very satisfied with all of the products I have tried from this brand, and I feel like this is the capstone in terms of what it delivers and the immediacy in which it delivers improvements.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heidi K This, along side my Phloretin CF, is the foundation of my skinecare regimen! My skin's texture and overall appearance is smoother and more even, because I use Retexturing Activator! I can't imagine my skin, without it!
Date published: 2018-05-09
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 4 out of 5 by from Saw Improvements but not completely.. I am 20 y/o African American Woman who works in Dermatology. I heard really great reviews for Skin Ceuticals so I decided to give it a try. Ive been using this product along with Phloretin CF for over a month and my face is GLOWING! I received a lot of complements. However, I do still get some acne..but not nearly as much as I used to.
Date published: 2017-05-15
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 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 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
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 4 out of 5 by from Great serum I feel hydrated after I use this serum. I wish I could feel more of texture change. I would likely purchase it again because I typically steer clear of traditional moisturizers.
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softened my Skin in less than 2 weeks! Within a week of starting a SkinCeuticals regimen including this product, my skin was already noticeably softer to the touch and more hydrated. I will be a devotee from now on!
Date published: 2013-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feels so comfortable on my skin. I have had negative experiences with past products that left my skin dry and irritated. I have been using SkinCeuticals for two weeks. The product makes my skin feel like it belongs; it makes my skin soft and supple. I look forward to continued improvement and adding other products to my regime.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best Having tried a number of products to increase moisture in my skin, I was really pleased with the effects of this serum. In addition to moisturizer and sunscreen, it has really made a difference. SkinCeuticals make some of the best products in my opinion. I also love the sunscreens and have used them for a number of years.
Date published: 2012-03-02
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