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This liquid exfoliant features anti-aging retinol and retinyl palmitate - Serious Skincare's most effective forms of vitamin A. The products in Serious Skincare's A Defiance line provide unprecedented results against the first visible signs of age and sun damage on the skin. Liquid exfoliants sink deep onto the skin's surface layer to exfoliate, creating a smoother look and softer appearance to the skin's texture.

Liquid Exfoliant Benefits

  • Key ingredient combination of Retinol + Beta Hydroxy - Beta Hydroxy: The complete formulation helps to refine and brighten the complexion's appearance
  • Delivers instant improvement to the look and feel of the skin
  • The lightweight, liquid texture has a barely-there feel on the skin
  • Retinol and Retinyl Palmitate are beauty anti-aging ingredients
  • With continued use helps to soften the look of the visible signs of age on the skin
  • No apparent fragrance
  • Liquid consistency
  • Bottle with press and dispense cap
  • Made in the USA

Please see the Usage & Ingredients tab for how to use and ingredient information.

For questions about product, please contact the Serious Skincare Customer Support line: 1-800-540-8662.

Why Exfoliate?
Exfoliation is a very important yet often overlooked step in the beauty regimen. It is the key to loosen and remove a dead layer of skin cells, while speeding up the skin's process of shedding (which slows with aging or mature skin). Exfoliation also helps to stimulate the blood circulation, brighten the complexion by improving color and texture, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and prevent build-up that can lead to break outs.
Without exfoliation, skin can take on an uneven tone, looking dull, patchy or even ashy. After exfoliation, skin serums and moisturizers are able to penetrate more effectively, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate more successfully and thus leading to better beauty product results.
As a general rule, you will want to exfoliate at least once per week. You can adjust your schedule according to your needs. The texture of the exfoliant may also factor in the frequency of usage. A finer grained exfoliator might be tolerated well and could be used more often if desired. If your skin becomes irritated or flaky, reduce the frequency of exfoliating or switch to one with finer texture.
Sometimes exfoliating ingredients are added to toners or also come in the form of masks. These products provide more options to incorporate exfoliating ingredients into your regimen.

How to Choose an Exfoliator
Choose an appropriate exfoliator for your skin type. Sensitive, fine or aging skin will need a finer abrasive ingredient than other types of skin. The best way to select one is to read the label description to determine the item's abrasiveness or strength. Salt, sugar, plant fiber, nut hulls, jojoba beads, apricot seeds, kernels, oatmeal, and bamboo beads are all common ingredients used in abrasive exfoliators.
Enzymes, retinols, alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid and salycilic acid preparations are referred to as chemical exfoliators. They are typically available in varying strengths in the form of a gel or serum. They can also be used once per week, or as desired after cleansing and before moisturizing to attain the same effect. They exfoliate with less irritation, and are especially recommended if your skin is on the sensitive side.

How to Exfoliate
After cleansing and rinsing the face, apply the exfoliator to your wet face. Using your fingers or a soft cloth, scrub using gentle circular motions. You will want to avoid the delicate eye area and scrub gently on the areas bordering it like the cheek bones and temple area outside of the eyes. Rinse your face and softly pat it dry.

Aging skin may have any combination of wrinkles, sagging or slack skin around the jowls, chin, cheeks and jawline. It may also have evidence of sun damage (photo damage/hyperpigmentation) in the form of spots or leathery texture. The skin may also feel tight and dry. If you tend to have dry skin, you will need moisturizing products that nourish, so you will want to find protective and restorative products. Achieving a moisture balance with the right pH is key.

Daily Skin Care Regimen
Begin with a very mild soap, possibly cream based. Since skin can be acidic, the alkaline in soap can easily disturb the delicate pH balance. Also, make sure the soap does not contain harsh chemicals which will also remove the acid mantel and cause further dryness. Choose a toner that soothes and nourishes your skin. It should refresh with a hint of moisture - a low or no alcohol formulation is recommended to prevent over drying the skin.

A daily moisturizing routine is essential to aging skin. After washing skin, pat it dry and begin with a serum to enhance moisture, then apply a day moisturizer. Try to use a day cream with an SPF An evening ritual can include a serum application and a heavier moisturizer. Eye creams and serums are recommended for the delicate area around the eyes that are subject to fine lines and wrinkles.

Weekly Skin Care Routine
Use an extremely mild exfoliator in order to expose fresh skin and allow products to absorb. This will maximize the effectiveness of your skin care products. A moisture-enhancing mask that you put on and wipe off will moisturize and plump skin that may be dry and dehydrated.

Product Recommendations:

  • Makeup remover
  • Cleanser, mild or cream based
  • Toner (low or no alcohol)
  • Morning moisturizer with SPF
  • Evening moisturizer
  • Eye moisturizer
  • Serum
  • Mild exfoliant
  • Moisture enhancing mask

    Key Ingredients for Aging Skin:
    Hyalauronic acid, Manuka Honey, Evening Primrose Oil, Borage Oil, Almond Oil, Apricot Oil, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Green Tea, White Tea, Idebenone, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Grape Seed Extract, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, DMAE, Retinol, Aloe Vera, Borage Seed Oil, Ceramide, Cocoa Butter, Evening Primrose Oil, Glycolic Acid, Jojoba Oil, Lactic Acid, Shea Butter, Pycnogenol Cucumber, Copper Peptide, Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

  • About the Collection
    Serious Skincare was founded over two decades ago by Jennifer Flavin-Stallone to address acne and problematic skin. It has since evolved into the premiere skincare and beauty brand with a full line of science-based products that address a myriad of skincare and cosmetic issues. By using potent quantities of high-end, anti-aging ingredients, acne fighting acids and skin softening moisturizers, Serious Skincare provides innovative, highly effective and targeted treatments for women and men.

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    About the Experts

    Jennifer Flavin-StalloneAbout Jennifer Flavin-Stallone
    In her early 20s Jennifer Flavin-Stallone was modeling and battling acne – nothing worked, until she heard about a little skincare company in California called Serious Skincare. It worked miracles on her acne issues and so she joined forces with founder, Lisa Stock, to bring Serious Skincare to home shopping 25 years ago and help develop it into one of the largest online beauty brands. As Jennifer’s skincare needs have evolved, so has the brand. She has been a driving force behind the innovative products released by Serious Skincare over the years, the most recent being the debut of TAKE2, a product line developed specifically for age 50+ skin.





    Cecilia StockAbout Cecilia Stock
    Cecilia Stock is the daughter of co-founder Lesa Stock, and the inspiration for Serious Skincare’s very first product. Since then, Cecilia has become an accomplished acne and anti-aging specialist and esthetician, working with clients around the world. Her greatest accomplishment is helping acne clients achieve greater self-confidence.







    John PinocciAbout John Pinocci
    John Pinocci has nearly 4 decades of retail experience, with heavy focus on beauty and fragrance categories. In 1994, he helped launch Serious Skincare to national TV retailing and went on to join the company officially in 1996, working with Jennifer to grow Serious Skincare into a beauty powerhouse. Known to many customers as “Serious John,” he’s typically behind the scenes and the voice of the service and support center.

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    How To Use

    Can be applied once or twice daily. On freshly cleansed and dried skin, lightly soak a cotton pad and gently swipe across the face and neck, keeping away from the immediate eye area. Allow to dry, do not rinse off skin.

    Avoid contact with the eyes. Should contact occur rinse eyes with water. Use only as directed. This product contains ingredients that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for at least a week thereafter.

    Average Days of Supply: Depends on use.

    Ingredients

    Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Retinol, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethiconol, Glycine Soja Oil.