Restorative Cleanser
Restorative Cleanser
Restorative Cleanser
Dr. Jeanine Downie Discusses Skin Chemistry's Products
Skin Chemistry's Master Formulator Carola Colombo Discusses Poly Hydroxy Acid
Skin Chemistry's Master Formulator Carola Colombo Discusses Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Skin Chemistry's Master Formulator Carola Colombo Discusses Hyalouronic Acid

Restorative Cleanser

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Refine and refresh skin as a creamy lather gently polishes away makeup, excess oil and impurities. A balanced blend of Poly Hydroxy Acids (PHAs) and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) provide gentle chemical exfoliation to help reduce the visibility of fines lines, wrinkles, and discoloration to reveal smoother, younger-looking skin. In addition to their surface refining characteristics, purifying PHAs have both moisturizing and antioxidant properties which ensures that skin is left feeling supple and hydrated, never dry or tight.


Polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) are a new generation of alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs) that provide exfoliation, skin smoothing, and antiaging effects, while being gentle enough to work with sensitive skin. [3]

Gluconolactone is a naturally occurring polyhydroxy acid (PHA) with moisturizing and antioxidant properties. Gluconolactone can be produced by enzymatic oxidation of D-glucose. Its ability in free radical scavenging accounts for its antioxidant benefits. [1]


Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) provide an exfoliating effect when used in skin care products. [1] Chemical exfoliation removes excess corneocyte build up, more commonly known as dead skin cells that remain on the skin’s surface giving it a dull appearance. This exfoliation in turn stimulates cell trunover resulting in a more polished, smoother, translucent surface. [2]


The key molecule involved in skin moisture is hyaluronan or hyaluronic acid (HA), a glycosaminoglycan (GAG) with a unique capacity to bind and retain water molecules. [1] Hyaluronic acid binds up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

Skin relies critically on these HA-bound water molecules in the dermis and stratum corneum for proper hydration. [1] However, levels of HA naturally present in the skin decrease with each passing year, resulting in dermal dehydration and wrinkle formation, a process accelerated by free radicals. [2]

Key Ingredients


Gluconolactone is a PHA that may also help to boost the elastin in skin providing protective benefits against UV damage. [2]


Products containing AHAs can help with a wide variety of conditions, such as smoothing fine lines and surface wrinkles, improving skin texture and tone and unblocking and cleansing pores.

The degree of exfoliation and skin renewal depends largely on the type and concentration of the AHA as well as the pH and the other ingredients that are present in the product. [1]

The pH level of the AHA is what defines the absorption by the skin and also how gentle the formula is.

Our formulas containing AHAs are designed to with a carefully balanced pH to avoid any irritation to the skin.


HA can be used in skin care to replenish lost moisture due to environmental factors and aging. When applied to the surface of the skin, hyaluronic acid can reduce wrinkles, redness and dermatitis.[3,4,5]

Gluten free. Cruelty free. Vegan. Oil free. Free from sulfates, parabens, phalates, synthetic dyes. Contains essential oils.


Aqua/Water/Eau,Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Gluconolactone, Aminomethyl Propanol, Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Arginine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Bergamia Peel Oil Expressed, D-Limonene, Linalool, Glycerin, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Silanetriol, Sorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Serine, Alanine, Proline, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide.

Restorative Cleanser How To


First Step

Gently massage 1-2 pumps of cleanser into wet skin in an upward, circular motion.


Second Step

Rinse skin thoroughly and pat dry.


Third Step

Follow with Rejuvenating Retinoid Serum to help target signs of aging and smooth skin texture.


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  1. ACohn

    Such a nice cleanser


    This cleanser is really nice, I love how light and refreshing it is; this cleanser does exactly what it promises. After I use it my skin feels so soft and clean, definitely not tight or dry. I cannot wait to try the other Skin Chemistry products. I am really happy to have found this brand.

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  2. L. Marie

    Gentle & effective

    L. Marie

    This cleanser reminds me of being at a spa, so clean and refreshing with a slight exfoliation. I only need 2 small pumps to clean my entire face and neck and it does an amazing job, leaves my skin feeling balanced. Definitely adding this product to my subscription.

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  3. Libby

    Nice & light


    I just started using this cleanser so it is still a bit too early for me to report but what I can say is I like how the cleanser is very light. A lot of cleansers I have tried leave a filmy feeling on my face but this cleanser did not. I am excited to keep using it to see more results.

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  4. Mandy

    Fragrance free and a gentle cleanser


    I really love how this cleanser also acts as a gentle exfoliator and it is not harsh on the skin. After I wash my face my skin feels so soft and refreshed and all you need is 1-2 pumps for a thorough cleanse.

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  5. Grace W

    My skin is so soft

    Grace W

    This cleanser is awesome!. The exfoliation, which is so subtle, does an amazing job of helping with the dullness – my skin has never looked brighter!

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  6. Samantha

    Such a refreshing cleanser


    This cleanser is so nice, it is a gel and when you start washing your face it turns to foam. It is very lightweight, not greasy and super refreshing. I love how my face feels after I wash it, so clean. This cleanser does such a great job of brightening the skin.

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  7. Tammy

    Love how clean my face feels....


    My face feels amazing after using this cleanser, so soft and really does a great job of removing makeup.

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  8. Jen Kane

    Great Cleanser!

    Jen Kane

    This cleanser is so nice, I love how light it is but is still has a slight exfoliation which helps to even my skin. My skin always feels so clean and refreshed after I use it. I also love the way it smells, very crisp and light.

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Scientific Citations

PHA Citations

AHA Citations:

HA Citations:

  • 1. Papakonstantinou, E., Roth, M., & Karakiulakis, G. (2012). Hyaluronic acid: A key molecule in skin aging. Dermato-endocrinology, 4(3), 253–258. doi:10.4161/derm.21923
  • 2. John, H. E., & Price, R. D. (2009). Perspectives in the selection of hyaluronic acid fillers for facial wrinkles and aging skin. Patient preference and adherence, 3, 225–230. doi:10.2147/ppa.s3183
  • 3. Jegasothy, S. M., Zabolotniaia, V., & Bielfeldt, S. (2014). Efficacy of a New Topical Nano-hyaluronic Acid in Humans. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 7(3), 27–29. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3970829/
  • 4. Pavicic T, Gauglitz GG, Lersch P, Schwach-Abdellaoui K, Malle B, Korting HC, Farwick M. Efficacy of cream-based novel formulations of hyaluronic acid of different molecular weights in anti-wrinkle treatment. J Drugs Dermatol. 2011 Sep;10(9):990-1000. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22052267
  • 5. Draelos ZD. A clinical evaluation of the comparable efficacy of hyaluronic acid-based foam and ceramide-containing emulsion cream in the treatment of mild-to-moderate atopic dermatitis. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2011 Sep;10(3):185-8. doi:10.1111/j.1473-2165.2011.00568.x
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