SKINCEUTICALS Retexturing Activator

(15 customer reviews)


SKINCEUTICALS Retexturing Activator

Serum. All skin types.

Retexturing Activator harnesses two polar mechanisms — exfoliation and hydration — to activate skin’s regeneration response, visibly diminishing surface lines and transforming skin’s fabric into a smoother, softer texture

Size: 30 ml



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Skin results and statements are based on clinical trials performed by the brand and individual results may vary.



How to use

How to use

Twice daily, apply 4-6 drops to face, neck, and chest, or as directed by a skincare professional. Before non-invasive rejuvenating procedures (e.g. laser, microdermabrasion, peels). Use post peel to combat flaking and enhance peel results on the skin.

Features & Benefits

Features & Benefits

In young, healthy skin, the desquamation cycle takes approximately 28 days.

At the beginning of the cycle, each basal keratinocyte divides into two identical daughter cells. One remains behind to divide again while the other differentiates, migrating through the epidermis toward the stratum corneum where it becomes a corneocyte.

Corneocytes contain proteins (primarily keratin) and water soluble substances (including urea, filaggrin, and amino acids). These components provide the proper hydration and make up the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) that helps reinforce the skin’s barrier function, preventing irritation, dehydration, and damage.

As cells migrate upwards, enzymes break down corneo-desmosomes (the links) holding those together, allowing older corneocytes to naturally detach from the surface in a process called desquamation. This revolutionary resurfacing and replenishing serum surpasses the results of a 20% daily glycolic treatment while simultaneously reinforcing the skin’s barrier for healthier, more radiant skin.

Retexturing Activator thus:

  1. Normalizes epidermal renewal to resurface the skin
  2. Promotes cell differentiation, encouraging new cell migration to the skin’s surface
  3. Smoothes skin
  4. Improves radiance and skin tone
  5. Provides a non-irritating, hydrating base
Key Ingredients

Key Ingredients

Key Ingredients:


  • Helps to improve skin texture and limit roughness by stimulating the enzymes (proteases) that help break down corneo-desmosomes to promote desquamation
  • Normalizes epidermal renewal and combats signs of aging
  • Promotes cell differentiation, encouraging cell migration to the skin’s surface
  • Reinforces skin’s barrier by balancing and optimizing the amino acid supply, a key element of skin’s natural moisturizing factor (NMF)
  • Diffuses into the stratum corneum to replenish moisture levels critical for efficient differentiation and desquamation
  • Alleviates the clinical signs of dryness
  • Proven in-vivo to be as powerful an exfoliant as glycolic acid, but without the associated irritation


  • Product of the fermentation of sweet black tea
  • Improves overall skin quality by enhancing skin smoothness, radiance, and clarity through lipo-filling


  • Natural humectant with excellent water-binding capabilities
  • Provides a non-irritating, hydrating base
  • Ability to retain water gives immediate smoothness to rough skin
  • Occurs naturally in the dermis
  • *Sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally; we use sodium hyaluronate because it is water soluble.

Full ingredient list:

Aqua / Water / Eau, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/ Black Tea Ferment, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol.

Reviews (15)

15 reviews for SKINCEUTICALS Retexturing Activator

  1. Shan

    Exfoliates gently whilst moisturising so overall great stdf

  2. Wendy (verified owner)

    This is the most amazing product to hydrate and keep my skin looking bright and fresh. I will never be without this, have been using it for many years!

  3. Tsholofelo (verified owner)

    Leaves skin super hydrated and gives it an awesome glow.I cant wait to see what it’ll do for my texture.I would like to pair it with the phloretin for my pigmentation.A little goes a long way with this serum.All in all,Im happy and will definitely buy when i run out.

  4. thabile (verified owner)

    Its doing wonders for my texture I absolutely love it

  5. rabinsonp (verified owner)

    Great serum. Has a slighter thicker consistency that spreads well and quickly soaks in without being sticky. I use in conjunction with Glycolic cleanser and Ferulic and am very happy with the improvement in the appearance and texture of my skin.

  6. Salisha

    Simply an amazing product, greater starter for exfoliation if you are not ready for Glycolic or retinol products. Highly recommend!

  7. Rishana (verified owner)

    It is a must have product as part of my skin regime daily. The texture of it on my skin is amazing and makes my skin smoother and brighter. Simply love the brand!

  8. Nazmeerah

    This product is a staple in my skincare morning regime. It has assisted significantly with smoother and brighter skin texture. A little goes a long way too!

  9. abigail (verified owner)

    This product is a staple for me. It allows for all my serums to work better and preps the skin so well. I always use it day and night after washing and CE in the morning and Res BE in the night . Its a win to get the most out of your other products too.

  10. jcstauch (verified owner)

    I loved the skinceuticals video on this, explaining why chemial exfoliants are so superb – they work to dissovle the bonds that bind dead skni cells together, and penetrate very deeply. They work thorougly but not harshly.
    I have never found an exfoliant as enriching, gentle on the skin, yet as thorough sa this one. Absolutely superb!

  11. Ayesha (verified owner)

    As a hydrator, post using CE Ferulic, this is like a balm being applied to your skin, but in the form of droplet of hydration that are quickly absorbed (and there is no product waste) and you can immediately feel refreshed and hydrated skin. With winter coming in, this is the perfect product to deliver that moisture but to not clog my pores and cause breakouts.

  12. Anisa (verified owner)

    If you are looking for flawless skin this is the serum for you. I love the dropper applicator which gives you an apothecary like feel. Make no mistake that every drop is super hydrating and active. And shall I say worked amazingly for my sensitive skin! The result.. my skin is less pigmented and my pores.. well after 4 weeks of religiously using this magic potion .. i don’t need much makeup and my skin looks like it has a camera filter on :)

  13. Lauren Vallee (verified owner)

    Lovely product which I saw good results from – and great that it offers dual action, exfolation and hydration!

  14. Marni van den Bergh (verified owner)

    I have been using the Retexturing Activator for three weeks now and I can already see a difference in my skin’s texture. I like the fact that the product does not cause any skin irritation and it hydrates my skin at the same time. I also do not need a lot of the product when I apply it. A little goes a long way!

  15. nazlie

    I have been using this for about a week and I’ve seen results already with my skin colour more even and the texture is improving as well

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