Exuviance was created by the scientists who discovered Glycolic Acid and patented the first Glycolic Peel. Since their ground-breaking discovery, Exuviance has continued to develop many new patented antiaging ingredients backed by evidence from numerous scientific and clinical studies. Read more about them below.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring glycosaminoglycan (GAG) found throughout the body's connective tissue. Glycosaminoglycans are a family of carbohydrates, or sugars, called polysaccharides that help with the maintenance and support of collagen and elastin fibers.

Almost 50% of the body’s HA is found in the deep and surface layers of the skin, providing continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water. Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains large amounts of HA that helps keep the skin stay young and healthy-looking. As we age, the ability of our skin to produce HA decreases making us more susceptible to sagging and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic acid is also a humectant, which is a category of skin care ingredients that are hygroscopic, meaning they draw moisture from their surroundings. Humectants are often found in water-based moisturizers and serums because of their ability to boost hydration for all skin types.

Hyaluronic acid benefits include:

  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing, plumping effect
  • Helps reduce visibility of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Increases skin elasticity
  • Improves skin tone & texture

The benefits of hyaluronic acid on the skin are tied to its molecular weight and concentration, so size matters. Scientists have developed low molecular weights of hyaluronic acid that are small enough to absorb into the skin’s surface layers, helping to hydrate and plump wrinkles and firm the appearance of sagging skin as well as helping to prevent dehydration due to seasonal changes or cold, dry conditions.

Hyaluronic acid is ideal for all skin types, even sensitive, acne- and redness-prone skin.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) is a powerful antioxidant. It helps scavenge damaging free radicals, helping to prevent and improve the appearance of UV-induced photodamage. It is also important in healthy collagen production and brightens the complexion, while also reducing the look of skin discoloration and wrinkles. Normal skin contains high concentrations of vitamin C. When the skin is exposed to UV light, pollution, toxins and other stressors which can cause the production of damaging free radicals, vitamin C helps protect the skin from this oxidative stress, helping to prevent and improve the appearance of UV-induced premature aging. The human body does not produce vitamin C, but instead relies on obtaining it through nutritional and topical applications.

Vitamin C has become a staple in skincare for its many skincare benefits:

  • It’s importance in healthy collagen production
  • Helps prevent and improve the appearance of UV-induced photodamage
  • Helps protect against external aggressors
  • Reduces the look of skin discolorations – for brighter, more even skin tone

Vitamin C is inherently an unstable molecule which can oxidize quickly with exposure to light and air. In formulations, its stability is maintained by using air-tight packaging, pumps or single-use, individually wrapped products.

Vitamin C is ideal for all skin types.

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Citric Acid

Citric Acid is an alpha/beta hydroxy acid found naturally in citrus fruits such as lemons and limes. In skin care formulations, citric acid has protective antioxidant, and corrective antiaging effects helping to reverse visible signs of photodamage.

Citric acid works by exfoliating the upper layer of dead skin cells to help clean pores, , even skin tone and soften and smooth the skin. AHAs can also be used as pH adjusters. pH adjusters are ingredients added to products to ensure they are mild and non-irritating – not too acidic (low pH) or too basic (high pH). Most recently, citric acid has also been found to be important in healthy skin barrier function by maintaining the optimum level of pH in areas of the skin which are essential for normal skin barrier function.

The skincare benefits of citric acid include:

  • Exfoliates to rid skin of dead surface cells, helping to keep pores clear
  • Targets the skin’s hydrating support matrix to reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
  • Helps to even skin tone
  • Helps to brighten, soften and smooth the skin

Citric acid is ideal for all skin types.

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Retinol

Retinol is a form of the powerful antioxidant vitamin A. It’s one of Dermatologists’ go-to ingredients for acne, wrinkles, sun damage, enlarged pores and more. As a prime exfoliator, retinol increases cell turnover, so the skin is continually sloughing off dull cells, revealing healthy, more radiant skin below. Retinol also targets collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

If you’ve never tried retinoids before, cosmetic formulations are the best way to start. Look for formulations containing retinol, retinyl palmitate or retinaldehyde in concentrations ranging from .25% 1% in cosmetic formulations. You should start to notice some visible differences after 4 weeks, but significant results could take up to 3 months or more.

Retinol anti-aging benefits include:

  • Visibly diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Increases firmness
  • Improves uneven skin tone
  • Smoothes and refines the surface of skin

When starting out, add retinol to your skin care regimen slowly. If your skin is sensitive, you may experience redness, dryness, flaking and stinging, especially in the first few weeks. If this happens, try spacing out applications to use it less frequently and give your skin time to adjust. Using retinol makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so choose a sunscreen for everyday use as part of your skincare regimen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above and broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

Retinol is ideal for all skin types – dry, normal and oily skin.

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Antioxidants

Antioxidants are essential to the body’s defense system. As their name suggests, antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals in the body and skin, helping to prevent and improve the appearance of UV-induced photodamage. Free radicals can be created by the sun’s UV rays, cigarette smoke, air pollution or other environmental factors. By neutralizing free radicals, antioxidants help prevent the appearance of premature aging of the skin – lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. Some of the most potent antioxidants – which include enzymes, polyphenols and other substances in skin care include vitamins A, C, and E.

The benefits of antioxidants include:

  • Fight free radicals
  • Improve skin elasticity
  • Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Prevent and improve appearance of UV-induced photodamage

While each antioxidant has its own skin benefits, the power of these ingredients can be enhanced when blended together to form comprehensive anti-aging formulas.

Antioxidants are ideal for all skin types.

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Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid (GA) is considered a gold standard of exfoliation for a brighter, more radiant complexion. Derived from sugar cane, GA belongs to the family of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). GA is the smallest molecule= of the AHA group, so it can penetrate skin more easily, making it highly effective for visibly improving acne-prone skin, uneven pigmentation, skin dryness and wrinkles. Clinical trials have shown its effectiveness in reversing the visible effects of photoaging and improving, the look of wrinkles, skin elasticity, tone and hydration.

Like other AHAs, glycolic acid works by loosening the glue-like substance that holds dull and dead skin cells on the topmost layer of your skin, revealing newer, healthier-looking skin. AHAs can also work as pH adjusters. pH adjusters are ingredients added to products to ensure they are mild and non-irritating – not too acidic (low pH) or too basic (high pH).

The skincare benefits of glycolic acid include:

  • Helps to clean, refine, and diminish the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Targets natural collagen to reduce the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles
  • Helps fade skin discolorations to even skin tone
  • Improves skin texture

Glycolic acid is idea for normal, oily and acne-prone skin.

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Peptides

Peptides are short chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. These short chains are able to absorb into skin’s surface layers to target collagen improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen is what gives skin structure, strength, firmness and smoothness. As the body ages, collagen production slows down, leading to visible signs of aging – including wrinkles, sagginess and crepey texture.

While peptides are a natural component of our skin, they can be challenging to stabilize and deliver in cosmetic topical applications. Fortunately, scientists have been able to create peptides that can be absorbed into the skin’s surface, remain intact and can provide targeted benefits for a multitude of skincare concerns.

The most popular peptides include pentapeptides which target collagen; hexapeptides to reduce the appearance of wrinkles; palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 to target collagen and hyaluronic acid and help protect against UV damage; and copper peptides to soothe the skin.

Peptides are ideal for all skin types.

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SPF

Every day, even when it’s not brilliantly sunny, our skin is exposed to UVA and UVB light. UVA rays penetrate to deep layers of the skin and lead to premature signs of aging (photoaging) while UVB rays lead to sunburn. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is a measure of the amount of time you can stay in the sun without sunburn from exposure to UVB rays. For example, if you normally burn without sunscreen in 10 minutes, an SPF 30 offers you 30-times the protection, or 300 minutes (5 hours), assuming you apply the correct amount of sunscreen and don’t wash or rub it off.

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Mandelic Acid

Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) found naturally in almonds. It is more oil soluble compared with most AHAs so it’s ideal for oily, acne-prone skin.

As an exfoliant, Mandelic Acid helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles, reducing the visible effects of photoaging and improving skin texture. Because of its larger molecule size, Mandelic Acid penetrates the epidermis more gently, making it an ideal AHA for sensitive skin types. Mandelic Acid addresses the needs of people with excess sebum due to its oil targeting properties, making it beneficial in the treatment of oily skin and acne-prone skin.

Mandelic acid is ideal for oily and acne-prone skin.

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Polyhydroxy Acids

Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) offer gentle exfoliating and powerful antiaging benefits without irritation, and actually help strengthen skin’s protective barrier, making skin less vulnerable over time. The PHA molecule binds water, so it acts as a humectant to keep the skin moist and absorbs gently to reduce irritation potential. Polyhydroxy Acids have also been shown to function as antioxidants through chelation of oxidation promoting metals.

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Aminofil

Aminofil is Acetyl Tyrosinamide, a novel amino acid compound that targets the skin’s matrix to volumize, plump and firm the look of skin. This ingredient, discovered and developed by Exuviance®, helps reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles and also creates a more lifted, sculpted appearance.

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NeoGlucosamine Acid

NeoGlucosamine, also known as N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) is a non-acid amino sugar technology that gently exfoliates skin to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate dark spots for a more even skin tone. NeoGlucosamine is also a building block of Hyaluronic Acid, skin's natural filler which promotes plumping of the skin, and used topically smoothes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and creates a firmer, more lifted look. NeoGlucosamine helps to improve firmness, provide skin clarity, as well as improve the appearance of wrinkles and photoaged skin.

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CitraFill

CitraFill targets skin’s natural collagen. It can also become activated by converting to Citric Acid (an antiaging AHA) which helps targets the skin’s natural hydration matrix.

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Botanicals

Our botanicals are sourced from nature, chosen with intention for their skin caring properties to support specific skincare benefits and your overall self-care ritual.

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