Retexturing Activator

Retexturing Activator is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 14.
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30 ml

Dual-action serum simultaneously exfoliates skin and replenishes moisture for radiant and smoother looking skin.

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I've been using this product for about 2 years now, as recommended by my facialist. And I love it - I actually enjoy putting it on every evening before bed. A tiny amount goes along way - and the skin feels clean and supple come morning.


This innovative exfoliating and replenishing serum has been clinically tested to surpass the resurfacing results of a daily 20% glycolic acid treatment, whilst helping to reinforce the skin’s barrier for healthier, more radiant looking skin.

  • Bi-functional exfoliation and hydration
  • Diminishes the appearance of surface lines and smooths skin
  • Increases the look of overall radiance
  • Boosts moisture levels
  • Ideal for all skin types

Retexturing Activator exfoliates and hydrates with Refined Urea Complex, Kombuchka (kombucha + black tea ferment) and Hyaluronic Acid. The skin’s natural desquamation is stimulated to create a noticably smoother looking, softer feeling surface texture and healthier looking skin. 


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

Free UK standard delivery on all orders

Standard Delivery 3-5 working days*

* If order is placed before 11am on a working day. If order is placed after 11am or on any non-working day then estimated delivery will be on the second working day.

Sustainability Commitment


At SkinCeuticals, we are committed to supporting initiatives that improve the lives of patients and the environment in which they live.


SkinCeuticals has been a sponsor of Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) since 2010. Since its founding in 2007, The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) has awarded more than $38 million to 97 research programs that work to make advances in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma.


SkinCeuticals is committed to improving its impact on the environment in all aspects of development. Through optimization efforts, we continue to reduce our use of shipping cartons and corrugate material. In 2016, we modernized our fulfilment center to use wind turbines to measurably improve our carbon neutrality.

How To

How to use

Apply 4-6 drops of serum to the face, neck and chest twice a day, or use as directed by a skincare professional.


  • 01.Cleanse & Tone

    Begin by cleansing and toning the face and neck. Pat the face dry.

    We recommend
    Gentle Cleanser

  • 02.Correct

    Apply 4-6 drops of Retexturing Activator serum to the face, neck and chest.

    We recommend
    Retexturing Activator

  • 03.Moisturise

    Apply a thin layer of moisturiser to the face and neck, avoiding eye area.

    We recommend
    Daily Moisture



Customer Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best. Serum. Ever. I purchased this serum after a recommendation from a friend and I could not be happier with the results. This product performs as advertised and has everything you would want in a daily serum. It soothes, moisturizes, and gently exfoliates, leaving your skin with a healthy glow. I pair this product with the Simply Clean cleanser and Daily Moisture for a simple and effective daily skincare routine. Some users have commented on the high price point, but I purchased this product seven months ago and I am still on my first bottle (using 2x/day). A little goes a long way!
Date published: 2019-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This evened out the texture of my skin along with the colour!!! I have struggled with terrible acne my whole life which left me with discolourations and red acne scars, this stuff seriously saved my face.... I love it
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Product works but is very sticky I used this product for one week. Although I did see improvements to my skin, I found it was extremely sticky to the point where it was so uncomfortable to have on my face, I had to return it. If you don’t mind the sticky feeling, this product does work and I would recommend it. It does moisturize and visibly smoothes out lines and rough skin texture.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Grail Serum I have been using this product for over 2 years and it is amazing. I have chronically dehydrated skin and retexturing activator helps keep my skin smooth and exfoliated and also helps my moisturizer absorb deeper, so I use a lot less of it. Use this product sparingly you really don't need much to get the effect and can have sticky skin otherwise...
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So moisturising I bought this about a month ago and at first, it was mildly irritating because my skin was in such a bad way, also I think I was using too much. However, as the weeks went buy it stopped tingling. Now it has cleared already so many of my acne scars. It took about a week to clear the ones and it faded a substantial amount of old ones. You can wear this under makeup without needing to put a moisturiser on top if you don't have really dry skin. It certainly does a fantastic job of exfoliating.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sticky!!! I use a wide range of SkinCeuticals products and this one is extremely disappointing. It goes on well but is extremely sticky. I use this product during my nighttime skincare routine only and do not enjoy using it whatsoever. When I say sticky I mean hair, pillowcase, you name it sticking to your face sticky. That being said, I notice my skin feels refreshed and looks great once I wash it off in the morning, but it is not worth the uncomfortable feeling all evening and night long.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for Rosacea and Cystic Acne A Dr recommended this, and gave me some samples (Simply Clean, Retexturing and Hydrating Gel.) I noticed a significant difference in a few weeks, and purchased the combination and have been using it for about 8 months now. My skin looks better than it has in years. I used to have oozing cysts and redness, particularly on the jawline and around the nose--now its clear almost all the time. When I do have a breakout, it's minor. I've received many compliments lately on my skin, so it's a noticeable improvement.
Date published: 2019-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sticky on oily face I have oily, blemish-free skin. I was encouraged to keep using this product despite the sticky feeling because “it works”. I’ve been using it for months now and it’s safe to say it does not work for me. No difference in skin texture.
Date published: 2020-02-27
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