Exfoliation Explained

When it comes to exfoliation, less really can be more! Exfoliation—the process of removing dry skin or dead skin—should be part of your skincare routine, but over-exfoliating can cause irritation. No matter your skin care concerns, exfoliating your face, lips, neck, and decolletage just two to three times a week can help skin look brighter, healthier, and more even-toned. But the benefits of exfoliation don’t stop there! Taking a few minutes to massage in a luxe, gentle exfoliant can also help to remove impurities from clogged pores, and help your skin absorb other skin care products more effectively. COSMEDIX has a whole host of supercharged exfoliators for every skin type, so we’re rounding up some of our favorite scrubs, masks, and treatments for you in our blog post this week. Read on for more on the different types of exfoliators and a few recommendations for your specific skin concerns!

Types of Exfoliators

Physical Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators are probably what most people think of when they picture an exfoliant—remember when apricot scrub was ever-present on all our shelves? These exfoliators actually rub and scrub your skin with textured ingredients, help you slough off all that dead skin. At COSMEDIX, the key ingredients in our physical exfoliators are natural ingredients like Poppy, Jojoba, and Date Seeds or Sea Salt. Our gentle, physical exfoliators will help you reveal more rejuvenated, healthy-looking skin.

Enzyme Exfoliators

Physical exfoliators are tried-and-true, but enzymes can help take natural exfoliating ingredients to the next level! Enzymes are a hyper-gentle exfoliating ingredient that help loosen the bonds between dead skin cells so that they can be removed more easily. Enzyme exfoliators are less likely to irritate skin than harsher exfoliators, and the products that use enzymes as exfoliants likely have a smoother, more lotion-like texture.

Chemical Exfoliators

Ingredients like Salicylic, Alpha Hydroxy, and Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acids as well as products with Retinol can all help exfoliate skin. If these chemical ingredients sound a bit intense, not to worry! At COSMEDIX, our chemical exfoliators also include hydrating ingredients like Aloe Vera that help skin maintain moisture levels. Like physical and enzyme exfoliators, chemical exfoliators only need to be added to your skincare routine two to three times a week. However, unlike physical and enzyme exfoliators, chemical exfoliators are only recommended as part of an evening skincare routine.

COSMEDIX Exfoliators by Skincare Concern

For Acne: Purity Detox Scrub Multi-Layer Detoxification System with Salicylic Acid AM/PM

This ultimate exfoliating cocktail combines gentle physical exfoliants like Poppy, Jojoba, and Date Seeds with Salicylic Acid to help polish away the look of skin imperfections and leave you with a clearer-looking, more even complexion. This exfoliator is gentle enough for a morning or evening skincare routine and can be used on the body as well as the face for all over exfoliation.

For Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Defy Triple Hydroxy Acid Age-Defying Treatment PM

This multi-tasking Age-Defying Treatment is formulated with a powerhouse blend of plant based ingredients and Alpha Hydroxy Acids. The key to Defy’s exfoliating power? Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid, L-Malic Acid, and L Tartaric Acid that gently exfoliates to help reduce the appearance of fine lines for a smoother, softer appearance. Defy is also formulated with Aloe Vera and Olive Oil to help hydrate and soothe the complexion.

For Brightening: PHA Hydration Peel AM/PM Refining Exfoliator

Formulated with an age-defying cocktail of gentle skincare superstars like PHA, Lactobioinic Acid and Phytic Acid, this skin-soothing peel treatment helps illuminate the appearance of your complexion. The Lactobionic Acid is a naturally derived polyhydroxy acid from sugar that provides gentle exfoliation while Phytic Acid derived from cereal seeds helps provide support for the skin and increase moisturization. In a 4 week COSMEDIX study, 61% of participants noted that their skin appeared visibly brighter after four treatments with the PHA Hydration Peel.

For Protection Against Environmental Stressors: Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask PM

This gentle enzyme mask boasts an antioxidant-rich formula that helps protect skin from environmental stressors as it helps to boost hydration. A combination of L-Lactic Acid and  Cranberry Enzymes exfoliate away dull, dead skin and pore-clogging impurities for a more radiant-looking complexion. Pure Enzymes is recommended for your nighttime skincare routine—apply it one to two times weekly and leave on for 3-10 minutes. Be sure to follow with your regular serums and moisturizer—exfoliation can help your skin absorb them better!

For Multi-tasking: Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser AM/PM

Formulated with natural botanicals like Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil, this combination cleanser and gentle exfoliate helps to balance, clarify, and refresh the look of skin for a softer, more radiant-looking complexion. Without stripping the skin of essential moisture, the Chirally Correct L-Lactic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells for a rejuvenating pick-me-up in your morning or nighttime skincare routine.

Moisturizer Spot Treating Is The Brilliant New Way to Hydrate Your Skin

We’re likely all familiar with the very fine line between the skin’s natural moisture levels and oil production, especially when it comes to moisturizing. For some of us, it can seem like our skin is constantly bouncing back and forth between being too oily or too dry. Skin is always interacting with and reacting to its environment, which can change the skincare products that are best for your skin—whether it’s by season or even the time of the day. It’s time to end the skincare tennis match. Today, we’re talking about spot treating—with moisturizer.

While spot treatment is typically associated with trying to soothe and reduce the appearance of blemishes, there’s a whole world of moisturizer spot treating just waiting to be discovered. The idea is simple. Use two moisturizers! Apply a lightweight moisturizer to the oily parts of your face, then massage a thicker hydrating cream into dull patches, or wherever you’re feeling dry. This skincare technique can also be used to address certain skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles.

Here are some of our favorite COSMEDIX Moisturizer Spot Treatment combinations:

1. Shineless | Oil-Free Moisturizer & Humidify | Deep Moisture Cream

Specifically formulated for oily and blemish-prone skin, Shineless Oil-Free Moisturizer will give your oily zone areas a boost of hydration without feeling greasy. This lightweight hydrator also helps to control and balance excess oil, thanks to skin care superstars like Lilac Stem Cells and Niacinamide that help firm, smooth and brighten the appearance of skin without the added shine.

A little goes a long way with Humidify, an ultra-thick Deep Moisture Cream. Infused with hydrating Shea Butter, moisture-locking Trehalose, conditioning Colloidal Oatmeal and barrier-boosting Niacinamide, Humidify helps deliver and seal in vital hydration to the skin. Apply to dry areas daily for a softer, smoother-looking complexion.

2. Skin Thirst | Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream & Resync | Revitalizing Night Cream

Quench the oilier parts of your complexion with Skin Thirst, an oil-free Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream that acts like a tiny sponge to lock hydration into the skin. In addition to moisture-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, Skin Thirst is also infused with Witch Hazel to help condition skin and balance oil production. This lightweight moisturizer goes great under makeup or as part of your evening skincare routine.

For the dryer areas of skin that need long-lasting overnight hydration, Resync Revitalizing Night Cream is just the night crème for you. This nighttime moisturizer indulges skin with deep moisturization, helping to restore radiance and revitalize the look of skin—all while you sleep. This antioxidant-rich formula features powerhouse ingredients like Snow Mushroom Extract and Kakadu Plum to help rejuvenate skin after being exposed to environmental stressors and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for an age-defying complexion.

3. Mystic | Hydrating Treatment & Emulsion | Intense Hydrator

Provide refreshing, lightweight moisture to oily areas with Mystic Hydrating Treatment. This best selling Hydrating Treatment is an on-the-go moisturizing spray that provides daily, lightweight hydration to oily, sensitive and blemish-prone skin types. Formulated with soothing Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel, this oil-free moisturizer helps condition the skin by preventing moisture loss, while plant-based ingredients aid in environmental protection and help naturally soothe the complexion. Simply spray into hands or onto a cotton pad, then pat into skin wherever desired.

To spot-treat dry areas that need deep hydration, we love Emulsion, an Intense Hydrator that utilizes a rich blend of ingredients that deeply moisturize the complexion. A vibrant mauve, Emulsion helps skin retain moisture and renew the look and feel of the skin. Conditioning Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil help restore balance to dry skin, while moisture-locking Liquid Crystal Technology helps protect skin from environmental stressors.

New Year, New Skin: Curated Skincare Routines By Skin Concern

Happy 2022! As you’re coming up with the New Year’s Resolutions that will help you make this the best year yet (we are staying positive), it’s the perfect time to think about a fresh skin start. Declutter your bathroom cabinet of all those long-forgotten bottles of skin care and, instead, take up one of the carefully curated skincare bundles from COSMEDIX.

Tailored for specific skin concerns and complexion goals, these intentional skincare bundles feature powerhouse COSMEDIX skincare products that work in unison to help provide noticeable results for your skin. Help get the skincare clarity you crave with these radiance-boosting skincare routine reboots for #NewYearNewSkin.

For brightening

Brilliancy | Gua Sha Stone | Bio-Cellulose

Make 2022 the year of Gua Sha facial massage with the newly released Brightening Bundle. Use the Rose Quartz Gua Sha Stone to help relieve facial tension and massage in the skin-loving benefits of our Vitamin C Face Oil and Bio-Cellulose Sheet Masks for a more radiant, brighter-looking complexion.

For skin care on-the-go

Orchard Spritzer | Cran Splash

Refresh the look and feel of your skin while you’re out and about. The Hydrating Mist Kit features two travel-friendly facial mist essences that instantly refresh fatigued skin with hydrating fruit waters rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B and Vitamin E. This Moisture-Locking Apple & Cranberry Facial Mist Duo helps condition, balance and firm the look of your complexion with every spritz. Spritz away!

For age defiance

Benefit Clean | Radiance | Opti Crystal

For a no-think age-defying skincare routine, try Reverse! This limited-edition 3-Piece Advanced Anti-Aging Skincare Bundle features a Gentle Cleanser, an Age Restorative Serum and our #1 best selling Liquid Crystal Eye Serum. This skin-replenishing skin care bundle is all about hydrating, smoothing and firming the look of your complexion, even delicate areas around the eyes, to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The skincare products in this bundle also help diminish the look of other skin concerns like uneven texture, dark spots and aging skin for a truly radiant appearance.

For hydration

PHA Hydration Peel | Surge | Micro | Rose Quartz Facial Roller

The Hydrate Skincare Bundle features 4 powerhouse COSMEDIX skincare favorites that seamlessly work together to quench your skin for an ultra-hydrated complexion. Featuring a gentle at-home peel, a Hyaluronic Acid Booster, a Defense Microbiome Sheet Mask and a Rose Quartz Facial Roller, this skincare bundle helps refine and replenish the look of skin for a glowing, hydrated appearance.

For clarifying

Detox | Correct | Clarity

Help address blemish-prone skin with our Clarifying Bundle, the 3-Piece Skin Care Routine for Clearer-Looking Skin. Featuring an Activated Charcoal Mask, a Rapid Relief Acne Treatment and a Salicylic Acid-Infused Skin-Clarifying Serum, this bundle features skincare products that help draw out pore-clogging impurities to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, while gently conditioning skin for a clearer-looking complexion.

For hyperpigmentation

Purity Clean | Simply Brilliant | B Complex | Protect UV

Help find your skin care balance in 2022 with the Hyperpigmentation Bundle, a 4-Step Skincare Routine Set that helps to improve the look of skin tone and texture. Featuring a refreshing Exfoliating Cleanser, a 24/7 Brightening Serum, a Vitamin B Boosting Powder and a Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Spray, this skincare kit is designed to help give your skin a brighter, more even-looking complexion. This luxe bundle features skincare superstar ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Salicylic Acid, Vitamin B and Niacinamide to help give your skin a hydrated, healthier look.

Holiday Party Prep: A Skincare Routine That Truly Lets it Glow

Late nights, indulgent drinks and eye-catching makeup are all hallmarks of the holiday season—rites of passage, some might say—but can leave skin looking (and feeling) more than a little tired in the morning. COSMEDIX is here with 5 of our tried-and-true skincare tips that will help your skin look glowing for every “descending the staircase” moment this holiday season.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.

We know you hear this all the time, but it’s for a good thousand reasons. A combination of cold, dry outside air and indoor dry heat can really accelerate moisture loss within the skin. Here’s how we recommend hydrating your skin during the winter for holiday party prep:

2. Find a Lip Mask You Love.

Rough, chapped or cracked lips are often a result of having dry lips this time of year. To intensely hydrate lips and help protect/alleviate chapping and dry lips, try Enhance Lip-Plumping Mask. This serum-like mask treatment is formulated with a unique blend of high-performance oils and natural emollients that not only help improve the appearance of lips, but also help create a fuller-looking pout. Use as an overnight treatment or a few minutes before lip product application for best results.

3. Double-Cleanse.

Everyone’s least favorite party guest: the pimple. They’re *never* invited, but pre-party stress and increased heavy makeup usage can leave the door open for breakouts at the most inopportune times. While it’s so tempting to just give it a squeeze, it’s not worth the potential redness, inflammation or discoloration that may come as a result.

To help your skin stay as clean as possible (without drying it out), double cleanse with Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil and Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser to wash away daily pore-clogging impurities for a smoother-looking complexion. If you’re in need of spot treatment, apply Correct Rapid Relief Acne Treatment for a diminished appearance of blemishes thanks to Salicylic Acid and Aloe Vera.

4. Consider Your Neckline.

We recommend giving your chest the same skin-loving care you give your face… especially during party season! Apply Illuminate and Lift Neck & Décolleté Treatment with upward strokes from the décolleté to the jawline for a reduced appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a firmer look and feel of skin.

5. Don’t forget your present!

Why not give a gift that your host will use all year-round? Enter: COSMEDIX Holiday Kits.

  • The COSMEDIX Edit: This curated, limited-edition Best Selling Skincare Vault features five holy grail COSMEDIX skin care staples highly loved by the press, clients and celebs alike, all housed in one ultimate skin-loving skincare kit.

(Includes Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil, Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser, Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum, award-winning Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum and best selling Lumi Crystal Liquid Crystal Lip Hydrator)

  • Hydrating Mist Kit: Give the gift of on-the-go, “whenever, wherever” hydration with this Moisture-Locking Apple & Cranberry Facial Mist Duo. Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, each daily facial mist essence helps moisturize skin throughout the day as needed to help condition, balance and firm the appearance of the complexion.
  • Salted Peppermint: The ultimate “pamper-me” gift, this 2-in-1 Peppermint Sea Salt Scrub can be used as a body or scalp scrub to exfoliate away dull skin and help reveal a brighter-looking complexion. This spa-like skincare treatment conditions the skin with a burst of hydration for a pillowy-soft finish.

Acid v Enzyme Exfoliation: An In-Depth Look at Pure Enzymes & PHA Hydration Peel

If you’re in the market for the “glowing, dewy looking” skin that’s all the rage (for good reason), now is the perfect time to start implementing exfoliation into your skincare routine to help your skin look radiant all throughout the year. Today, COSMEDIX is here to shed light on two of our gentle exfoliating skincare products formulated with powerhouse ingredients that promote a healthier-looking complexion: Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask and PHA Hydration Peel Refining Exfoliator!

Why Exfoliate?

Even if dirt, oil and impurities aren’t visible to the naked eye, the skin undergoes a lot beneath the surface. Washing your face sometimes isn’t enough if you’re hoping not only to wash off the day, but also to make strides in improving the look of uneven texture and other skin concerns. Exfoliating your complexion 2-3 times a week is the perfect extra step to help:

  • Draw out pore-clogging impurities
  • Shed dead skin and encourage healthy skin renewal
  • Even the appearance of skin tone and texture
  • Boost product absorption

Now that we know why we should exfoliate, let’s get into the products!

What is Pure Enzymes?

Pure Enzymes is a luxe Cranberry Exfoliating Mask that gently polishes away dead, dull surface skin to help reveal a softer, more radiant-looking complexion.

Powered by L-Lactic Acid and Cranberry Enzymes, this indulgent mask treatment focuses on lifting away dull skin to help brighten and even the look of skin tone. It also helps protect skin from environmental stressors and boosts hydration!

What is PHA Hydration Peel?

PHA Hydration Peel is a spa-like at-home peel treatment that gently exfoliates away dull, dead skin to help illuminate the appearance of your complexion.

A multi-acid Level 1 exfoliant that’s gentle enough for all skin types, this Refining Exfoliator helps soften, smooth and brighten the appearance of skin for a more even-looking complexion. It’s formulated with über-gentle yet exfoliating skincare ingredients like Polyhydroxy Acid and Alpha Hydroxy Acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Acids v. Enzymes

Enzymes, often derived from fruits, help break down keratin—i.e. the protein of dead skin cells. They help shed off dead skin and help create a smoother-looking skin surface.

Acids go deeper beneath the surface of the skin, helping to improve the look of your complexion from the inside out.

While enzymes are generally touted as the gentler option, both Pure Enzymes and the PHA Hydration Peel can be used on even the most sensitive of skin.

Use Our Skin-loving Pure Enzymes Cranberry Exfoliating Mask to:

  • Gently exfoliate away and shed off dead skin from the skin’s surface to help create a smoother-looking complexion
  • Indulge in exfoliation multiple times per week. We recommend using Pure Enzymes up to two times per week for 3-10 minutes
  • Provide a boost of radiance to your skin

As written in InStyle: “Expect to feel a slight tingle” while the mask rests, “but after rinsing it off, you’ll be left with a clear, dewy glow.”

Use PHA Hydration Peel to:

  • Gently exfoliate underneath the surface of skin for a brighter-looking complexion
  • Follow a simple, once-a-week exfoliation routine that helps improve the look of skin with just 10 minutes
  • Supplement trips to the spa with an aesthetician-grade at-home peel treatment

Owner and founder of luxe L.A. based spa, Glow Skincare—as well as 2018 COSMEDIX Aesthetician of the Year—Kasey Boone says, “There’s typically little to no downtime! This peel is going to lightly exfoliate and give deep hydration to the skin.”

A Beginner’s Guide to Building Your Ultimate Skincare Routine

If there’s one thing we know about skin care, it’s that the perfect skincare routine looks different for everyone. Each of us has our own unique canvas, and while this can make it a tad difficult to know where to start, we’re here to help guide you. COSMEDIX is here to share our clean and clinical skincare expertise that will help you put your best face forward.


As you first begin your skincare routine, keep it simple! These are the basic skincare steps we recommend in a beginners level skincare routine.

1) Cleanse

Rinsing your face is an ultra-refreshing way to wake up or wind down, and washing off daily impurities, excess oil, makeup and dead skin from your face is one of the best ways you can care for your skin.

We recommend cleansing twice a day, as part of your AM/PM skincare routine. The type of cleanser best fit for your skin depends on your skin type and skin concerns, though you should be on the lookout for a cleanser that gently removes daily impurities without stripping the skin of essential oils. While we want skin to be as clean as possible, we don’t want that to come at the expense of possibly dehydrating skin.

TRY: Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

This gentle gel-based cleanser helps gently lift off dirt, oil and makeup while also penetrating deep into the skin to aid in drawing out pore-clogging impurities. Lightweight and non-foaming, this gentle cleanser is ideal for even the most sensitive of skin, as it leaves the complexion feeling soft and hydrated.

2) Moisturize

The second step we recommend in a beginner’s skincare routine is using a moisturizer that indulges skin with much-needed hydration. Because there are so many moisturizer products out there, it’s important to find one specifically tailored to your skin type and concerns, as moisturizer can vary in moisture level, skincare ingredients and SPF.

For Oily Skin: Shineless Oil-Free Moisturizer

For Dry Skin: Emulsion Intense Hydrator

For Normal/Combination Skin: Skin Thirst Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid Cream

For Mature Skin: Humidify Deep Moisture Cream

For Sun Protection: Peptide Rich Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen

3) SPF

At COSMEDIX, we’re passionate about wearing SPF all year-round—not just in the summer—because even on cloudy days, as much as 80% of the sun’s broad spectrum UV rays can make it through to your skin. Applying an SPF with broad spectrum protection as the final layer of defense in your AM skincare routine will help prevent sunburn and future skin damage as well as help protect your complexion from environmental stressors.

TRY: Protect UV Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray

This gentle, multipurpose Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Moisturizing Spray provides daily, head-to-toe UV protection and hydration with an undetectable sheer finish. Plus, the silky smooth, oil-free formula won’t clog pores!


Now that you’ve got your basic skincare routine down pat, here are some ways you can expand your routine to even better address your skin care concerns.

1) Double Cleanse

Double cleansing, or beginning your PM skincare routine by rinsing skin with two cleansers of different base types (i.e. oil-based cleanser & water-based cleanser), helps to remove makeup, dirt and excess oil with the first cleanser, while also drawing out pore-clogging impurities with the second cleanser.

TRY: Clean & Condition 2-Step Double Cleanse Duo

Featuring best selling Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser and hydrating Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil, this 2-Step Double Cleanse Duo washes away daily impurities while helping skin retain hydration for a softer, radiant-looking complexion.

2) Exfoliate

~Exfoliate~ is quite the buzz word within skin care these days, but we chalk that up to the skin-loving benefits and visible results of weekly exfoliation. By exfoliating a few times a week, you’ll see an improved look of skin tone and texture for a softer, smoother-looking complexion.

For Total Body Exfoliation: Salted Peppermint 2-in-1 Peppermint Sea Salt Scrub

For Gentle Exfoliation: Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

For Mature Skin: Defy Triply Hydroxy Acid Age-Defying Treatment

3) Night Cream

Usually heavier in moisture and skin care ingredients, a night cream helps deeply hydrate and revitalize skin overnight. Often, a night cream will include Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, to help firm and smooth the look of skin. While we recommend Retinol for mature skin and those who hope to address fine lines & wrinkles, Retinol may be a bit much for sensitive skin. In its place, we recommend Bakuchiol, a gentle, plant-based Retinol alternative. No matter your skin type, it’s important to supplement your evening Retinol with an AM SPF, as it may increase sun sensitivity.

With Retinol: Define Age-Defying Treatment with Hydroxy Acids & Retinol

For Deep Hydration: Resync Revitalizing Night Cream


Now that you’ve got the hang of things, it’s time to have fun! Experiment with a different serum, mask and eye cream for a range of targeted skin care benefits that will help address your skin concerns.

1) Serum

A serum is typically a highly concentrated delivery system of antioxidants and skincare ingredients that’s designed to help address specific skin concerns—whether hydration, signs of aging, dark spots or brightening. Applied after cleansing and toning, but before moisturizing, you can keep it simple with one serum or you can try your hand at serum cocktailing, which involves mixing and matching one or more serum products for maximum skincare benefits.

For Brightening: BrillianCy Vitamin C Brightening Face Oil AM/PM

For Firming: Affirm Antioxidant Firming Serum

For Deep Hydration: Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster

2) Eye Cream

Address the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness with a skin-indulging eye cream. Intensely hydrating and formulated with potent skincare ingredients like skin-loving peptides, eye cream can help soothe tired-looking eyes for a more rested appearance.

TRY: Opti Crystal Liquid Crystal Eye Serum

Opti Crystal is our #1 bestselling, luxurious Liquid Crystal Eye Serum that is specially formulated with powerhouse ingredients to radically reduce the look of dark circles and improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the eyes. Its results, along with the rainbow iridescent color, have led to the beloved nickname “Unicorn Tears.”

3) Skincare Face Mask

Whether charcoal or clay, serum or botanical hydration, a face mask is the perfect way to pamper your skin with a concentrated, more intense dose of skincare ingredients for a more radiant-looking complexion. Plus, face masks allow ingredients to better penetrate into your skin in a shorter amount of time.

For Brightening: Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask

For Firming: Bio-Shape Firming Face Mask

For Purifying: Detox Activated Charcoal Mask

COSMEDIX Skincare Starter Kits

Take the guesswork out of skincare with these expertly curated skincare starter kits designed with the beginner (whether to skincare or COSMEDIX) in mind. Choose a kit based on your skin type (i.e. combination, sensitive, normal) or skin concern (i.e. age-defiance, clarifying, brightening) for luxurious, specialized care.

Try Your Starter Kit Today:

From Beginners to Experts, Here’s How to Incorporate Retinol Into Your Skincare Routine

From Beginners to Experts, Here’s How to Incorporate Retinol Into Your Skincare Routine

Chances are, you’ve probably heard about the benefits of using skincare products with Retinol in your skincare routine. This age-defying Vitamin A derivative is ready to join you in your skincare journey to help prevent signs of aging, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother-looking complexion. Help brighten, balance and firm the look of your skin with this night-owl antioxidant that works hard to help restore your glow while you sleep. While there’s so much buzz around this skincare superstar, how do you actually incorporate it into your weekly routine to experience the benefits for yourself? Keep reading to learn how to get started, or how to step up your Retinol skincare routine, with clean, clinical and luxurious products from COSMEDIX.

What is Retinol?

Retinol, part of the Retinoid family, is a multi-tasking Vitamin A derivative that absorbs deep into the skin to help address skin concerns and encourage healthy skin renewal for a brighter, firmer-looking complexion. Retinoids are known for having notable age-defying effects, but many forms can take skin a while to get used to; the Retinol formula is the happy medium of Retinoids, highly effective in helping address signs of aging while also suitable for routine use.

What are the benefits?

You should consider using the game-changing Vitamin A derivative if you’re interested in an ingredient that:

  • Helps minimize the appearance of common signs of aging
  • Helps brighten and balance the look of skin
  • Helps firm the appearance of skin for a youthful-looking complexion

Will it work for my skin?

While Retinol is a great option for many skin types, especially mature skin which can reap much of the age-defying, skin-firming benefits, it may be a bit much for sensitive or sun-damaged skin. Luckily, there is a gentle, plant-based alternative to Retinol called Bakuchiol that deeply conditions and hydrates the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more even skin tone and texture.

TRY: COSMEDIX Bakuchiol Complete Plant-Based Retinol Alternative Serum

Retinol for Beginners:

As with anything, less is more. Before you start using Retinol, know that it’s always a good idea to patch-test products, to start with use only a few times a week and to make sure you’re supplementing skin with a hydration-intensive SPF moisturizer in the morning, as Retinol may increase sun sensitivity.

Night Cream

We recommend beginning your Retinol journey with an indulgent, ultra-hydrating overnight cream for a gentle introduction into the purifying perks of Vitamin A.

Try: COSMEDIX Define Age-Defying Treatment

Start with the COSMEDIX Define Age-Defying Treatment, the multi-tasking, deeply conditioning overnight cream that helps promote a smoother-looking complexion while also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other imperfections. It’s formulated with 2% AGP Retinol Complex and a skin-loving cocktail of Hydroxy Acids, which work together to gently exfoliate the skin and encourage healthy skin renewal for a smoother, brighter-looking complexion.

Apply to freshly cleansed and toned skin two times per week, working up as tolerated, as part of your nightly skincare routine. If further hydration is needed, follow with your favorite COSMEDIX moisturizer.

Next-Level Retinol:

If you’ve been using Retinol-infused night creams for a little while now and you want to up your game to even more age-defying benefits, we recommend incorporating a Retinol serum into your nighttime skincare routine.


Known for being jam-packed nutrient delivery systems, incorporating a serum into your daily skincare routine is an excellent way to provide a burst of hydration and show some love to your skin, especially when they’re formulated with Retinol.

TRY: COSMEDIX Clarity Skin-Clarifying Serum

The COSMEDIX Clarity Serum is ideal for those who want to focus on rejuvenating the look of skin, drawing out pore-clogging impurities and helping to even the appearance of skin tone for a smoother-looking complexion. With Retinol and Salicylic Acid, this powerhouse serum is especially beneficial for acne-prone skin, helping to clarify the look of pores without stripping the skin of its natural moisture. Plus, this best-selling Clarity serum is designed to soothe red, flaky skin with conditioning botanical skincare ingredients, like Willowherb, Tea Tree Oil and Aloe Vera, making it a conditioning serum for your skincare routine.

At night, gently massage a dime-sized amount of Clarity serum into the skin after cleansing and toning. Follow with a hydrating serum like Reboot Overnight Hydration Complex or Surge Hyaluronic Acid Booster.

TRY: COSMEDIX Serum 16 Rapid Renewal Serum

For a burst of intense hydration, our fan-favorite Serum 16 serum is formulated with a highly potent and deeply penetrating form of LG-Retinex to hydrate and lock in moisture while also helping to address signs of aging and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier function. This skin-loving serum helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and balance and firm the look of skin.

Retinol for Seasoned Pros:

If you’ve found Retinol to be your skincare savior and are looking to indulge in high-potency, clinical-grade products, COSMEDIX has just the line for you! The Spa-Exclusive COSMEDIX Elite Collection offers a variety of high-grade Retinol products that you should definitely pick up post-facial the next time you’re at the spa. Take a look at our Spa Finder to find the closest COSMEDIX Elite products to you.

Concentration Increase

TRY: COSMEDIX Elite* Refine RX Retinol Resurfacing Treatment

Help dramatically renew the look of skin with this unique and highly potent form of 1.5% pure Retinol, designed to help firm the appearance of skin and plump the look of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful-looking complexion. Refine RX also features the highest concentration of our exclusive AGP Retinol Complex (12%). This is perfect for those who have used Retinol for a long time and are looking for an even more potent Retinol-infused skincare product.

Since this is a mega-concentrated formula, only use after your skin has become accustomed to Refine Plus for 60-90 days. Apply a small amount to freshly cleansed and toned skin as tolerated every 1-3 nights, working up to nightly use. Follow with recommended moisturizer if needed. Protect your results by wearing sunscreen daily.’

Targeted Treatment

TRY: COSMEDIX Elite Eye Doctor High-Potency Eye Treatment

The thin skin around the eyes is the most delicate on your face, making it easily susceptible to skin concerns like dark circles, crow’s feet and other imperfections. Eye Doctor is an age-defying, liquid crystal eye serum that’s formulated with Retinol, Spin Trap & Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Coconut Extract to help replenish the sensitive, tired eye skin with much-needed moisture for a revitalized, firmed-up look.

To apply, gently pat a pin-sized drop around the eye area during your nighttime routine.

*Discover COSMEDIX Elite, a spa and doctor’s office exclusive line of enhanced, anti-aging skincare. Sold at luxe spas around the world. Take a look at our Spa Finder to find the closest COSMEDIX Elite products to you.

Peel Season is Coming. Are You Ready?

Honoring our roots as a brand built by and for aestheticians, COSMEDIX is thrilled to announce that we’re visiting our partner spa and skincare professionals this peel season to collaborate with skincare pros on how to prepare and care for your skin before and after peel treatments with our indulgent COSMEDIX Elite lineup. This spa-exclusive collection of clinical-grade products delivers a luxurious, pampering experience for visibly noticeable results with less harsh side effects. Visit our online Spa Finder to see where you can stock up on COSMEDIX Elite products near you.


A peel treatment generally involves removing the outermost layer of skin through deep exfoliation, helping to address various skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and other common signs of aging. As the outer layer of skin is sloughed away, the new, more regenerated skin is usually smoother and healthier-looking.

COSMEDIX peel treatments use clean botanical ingredients to gently help clarify the appearance of skin. By lifting away pore-clogging impurities and encouraging healthy skin renewal, a COSMEDIX peel is perfect for those who hope to achieve a softer, more vibrant-looking complexion. And, you can gently ease your way up. COSMEDIX peel treatments work with your skin at two levels of exfoliation:

Level 1: This beginner-friendly peel uses natural, chirally correct forms of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) to exfoliate away dead skin cells, helping to reveal the next layer of skin.

Level 2: The most powerful treatments COSMEDIX offers, Level 2 provides medium-depth resurfacing to make the skin appear dramatically tighter and smoother. A 10 day pre-treatment prep is required for these peels.


Whether you’re treating yourself to a one-session peel treatment or opting for a peel treatment series, indulging in a peel from your favorite COSMEDIX aesthetician or spa can make a big difference in your complexion. Some of the age-defying skincare benefits include:

  • Helps address visible signs of aging and skin concerns, like fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, discoloration, acne and age spots
  • Improves the look of skin tone, texture and clarity
  • Helps reveal brighter, smoother-looking skin


As with anything, proper preparation is the first key to a successful chemical peel! Be sure to consult your skincare professional for tips tailored to your specific skin health history. In general, there are skin prep guidelines that everyone considering a chemical peel should incorporate into their skincare routine prior to their treatment.

  • Gently cleanse skin to exfoliate away any dead or dull skin in order to help create the smoothest surface possible for your peel treatment.
  • If you’re opting for a peel treatment due to sun damage or other discoloration skin concerns, work in a brightening treatment to help restore the look of dull, photodamaged or hyperpigmented skin.
  • Because peels work deep within the skin to exfoliate, your skincare professional may recommend a Retinol-based product to incorporate into your skincare routine, helping pre-treat and balance your skin tone for optimized nutrient uptake during the peel treatment.
  • Make sure you’re applying a daily broad spectrum sunscreen to help protect your skin during your skincare journey.

Want to work in these steps, but don’t know where to start? COSMEDIX has rounded up four of our favorite skincare superstars to help put your best skin forward on the day of your peel treatment.



Caring for your skin after the peel is just as important as beforehand! Specific care instructions will be given by your skincare professional based on the type of chemical peel you received, but here are some steps to take to soothe and protect your sensitive, post-peel skin.

  • For the first 24-48 hrs. after a peel, stay away from products with Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids, Retinol, topical skin treatments, or prescriptions.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible and always apply a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen. Your post-treatment skin will probably be extra sensitive to the sun while healing.

For a look at some of COSMEDIX’s favorite skin-soothing products that help restore and hydrate your freshly exfoliated skin, shop our Post-Treatment Starter Kit!



To continue to help make brighter, firmer and more balanced-looking skin a priority in your skincare routine after your peel, try COSMEDIX’s newest addition to the Elite line: ALT-A Daily Rejuvenating Moisturizer. This lightweight daily moisturizer is powered by Bakuchiol, a gentle yet powerful plant-based alternative to Retinol that’s ideal for even the most sensitive skin. Awaken the skin through this ultra-soothing, antioxidant-packed treatment with a botanical burst of hydration and skin-loving ingredients that help rejuvenate the complexion for a more youthful-looking radiance.

Want to learn more about chemical peel treatments? Book a free 15-minute consultation with a skilled COSMEDIX licensed aesthetician here.

Which COS Cleanser Is Best For Your Skin Type?

There’s no better way to wake ourselves up or wash the day off than with a gentle, indulgent cleanser to help remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and other impurities from our skin. This vital step in your daily skincare routine helps our skin rest and breathe to prepare for the day or night ahead. Keep reading to find out about the different types of cleansers we carry and how to integrate the cleanser or cleansers of your choice into your skincare routine.

Choosing the Right Cleanser

Chances are, we don’t have to tell you twice to use a cleanser—the feeling of clean, smooth skin and the clarified appearance of your complexion speak for themselves. Plus, cleansers help address the visible—dirt, oil, sweat—and invisible skin stressors, like environmental pollutants and bacteria, for a healthier-looking glow. The next step is choosing the right cleanser for your skin type. Being aware of the advantages of each type of face cleanser and of your skin’s tendencies will allow you to incorporate the cleanser that might have the biggest impact in your daily skincare routine.

Gel Cleansers

What it is: A gel cleanser is a gentle, water-based formula designed with skin-loving, mild-yet-powerful botanicals for a refreshing, deeply cleansing experience. Gel cleansers are typically lightweight and non-foaming, making them ideal for use by even the most sensitive skin.


  • Helps gently lift off dirt, oil and makeup while also penetrating deep into the skin to aid in drawing out pore-clogging impurities
  • Cleanses while helping to maintain skin’s natural moisture barrier
  • Helps soothe skin for a soft and hydrated feeling

Skin Type: A gel cleanser is an all-around favorite, but it is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin.

TRY: Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser

Exfoliating Cleanser

What it is: “Exfoliation” often brings to mind face scrubs, which are great (and see “Scrub Cleanser” on this list to read more about those), but this section is dedicated to the chemical exfoliant, the multi-tasking cleanser that uses a gentle exfoliating acid to wash away dead skin and help reveal a brighter-looking complexion underneath.


  • Exfoliates congested skin for a smoother-looking complexion
  • Helps restore and balance skin by removing excess oil and shine
  • Skin is left feeling rejuvenated and refreshed

Skin Type: Exfoliating cleansers can be a helpful addition to many skincare routines, but is especially beneficial for those with oily skin.

TRY: Purity Clean Exfoliating Cleanser

Cream Cleanser

What it is: A cream-based cleanser is often geared towards hydrating and conditioning the skin, containing emollients and antioxidants that help remove impurities from the skin while providing a moisture boost to help create a more refined-looking complexion.


  • Rich lather cleanses away makeup and other pore-clogging impurities
  • Boosts skin hydration to dry skin for a softer, fresher-looking complexion
  • Creamy formula helps deliver moisture deep within the skin

Skin Type: While gentle enough for use by all skin types, a cream cleanser is an ideal choice for those with mature skin, as they help boost hydration to deeply condition the skin.

TRY: Crystal Cleanse Hydrating Liquid Crystal Cleansing Cream

Foaming Cleanser

What it is: Our skin feels so renewed after washing with the air-light, frothy lather of a foaming cleanser. Usually formulated with skincare superstars like Salicylic Acid to help those with acne-prone skin, foaming cleansers help remove makeup, excess oil, sweat and other daily impurities without stripping the skin of its natural moisture barrier.


  • Foamy lather helps gently lift off daily impurities for a clearer-looking complexion
  • Ingredients like Salicylic Acid exfoliate the skin for smoother-looking skin
  • Helps soothe and comfort skin

Skin Type: A foaming cleanser is a great choice for those with acne-prone skin, teenagers or those with oily skin.

TRY: Clarify Salicylic Acid Foaming Cleanser

Oil Cleanser

What it is: It might seem counterintuitive to cleanse your face with oil, but an oil cleanser and its unique composition can actually help purify the skin and balance out oil production. Sometimes, when skin gets moisture-deprived, it tricks itself into thinking it’s not producing enough oil, so it produces even more. An oil cleanser is designed to use good-for-your-skin, conditioning oils as a method of removing daily pore-clogging impurities for a smoother-looking complexion.


  • Helps remove makeup and other impurities while helping maintain the skin’s natural moisture levels
  • Helps purify the appearance of skin for a clearer-looking complexion
  • Conditioning oils help provide the skin with radiance-boosting ingredients

Skin Type: An oil cleanser can be especially beneficial for those with dry skin.

TRY: Purity Solution Deep Cleansing Oil

Want to double up? Try Clean & Condition, our 2-Step Double Cleanse Duo that features our top-rated Gentle Cleanser Benefit Clean along with hydrating Purity Solution Nourishing Deep Cleansing Oil for cleaner skin that’s also deeply conditioned.

Powdered Exfoliating Cleanser

What it is: An alternative to chemical exfoliation, a scrub cleanser utilizes physical exfoliation to gently polish away dead skin, makeup and other buildup for a smoother-looking complexion. Whether you opt for a liquid scrub cleanser or a loose scrub that you combine with water or another cleanser, this face cleanser category helps restore a natural-looking glow to the skin.


  • Deeply cleanses skin to aid in removal of makeup, dead skin and other daily impurities for a brighter-looking complexion
  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin concerns like dark spots
  • Helps smooth and even the appearance of skin tone and texture

Skin Type: The scrub cleanser is a renewing must for your skincare routine, and is ideal for those with normal, combination and oily skin types.

TRY: Purity Detox Scrub

Try This At-Home Facial Massage For a Brighter-Looking Glow

At COSMEDIX, we believe that you can bring the indulgent luxury and serenity of the spa home with you for a clean daily skincare routine with clinical level results. This has rung especially true throughout the pandemic—it’s been essential to find a sense of ‘skinimalism’ to help keep facial muscles activated and refreshed from home. And, luckily, Tik Tok has kept up with our craving for new ways to care for our skin right from where we are. Whether it’s Gua Sha facial massage or Tik Tok-inspired Face Yoga, show your skin some love and rescue it from its stressors with our new BrillianCy AM/PM Brightening Face Oil, the skin-loving serum that utilizes a unique blend of Vitamin C, Elderberry Fruit Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil to help firm the appearance of skin and lock in moisture for a more radiant-looking complexion. Keep reading for the at-home facial skincare massage technique that helps refresh and soothe your skin.

Benefits of an At-Home Facial Massage with BrillianCy

Just how daily moisturization can show great improvements in the complexion or how frequent stretching can have a positive impact on your range of motion, regularly massaging your facial skin and muscles can help relieve tension and relax facial muscles. Gua Sha, a grounding facial massage technique involving a slowly moving a roller across the face, can help with skincare absorption and reduce the appearance of puffiness. Face Yoga, popularized through Tik Tok as a facial massage and exercise technique, can help address signs of aging and activate facial muscles. No matter which method you choose, both are rewarding choices for self-care that can fit into your daily skincare routine to promote a fresh-faced complexion.

With the use of BrillianCy AM/PM Brightening Face Oil and its star ingredient Vitamin C, the list of benefits of an at-home facial massage only grows:

  • Helps visibly brighten and tighten the complexion with Vitamin C
  • Boosts hydration
  • Helps reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • Helps protect the skin from environmental stressors

Incorporate into Your Holistic Lifestyle

So now that you know why you should cultivate an at-home facial massage routine, how do you get started? Whether you use a traditional Gua Sha massage stone, the COSMEDIX Rose Quartz Roller or just your hands for a Face Yoga glow look, follow this COSMEDIX Gua Sha-inspired guide to help improve overall skin health and give your skin a brilliant boost of hydration with the age-defying BrillianCy Brightening Face Oil, for the perfect at-home facial massage.

1. Cleanse your skin.

As always, make sure you start off on the right note with freshly cleansed and toned skin. We love the COSMEDIX Benefit Clean Gentle Cleanser for this, as its notes of Australian Sandalwood and Grapefruit Oil will get the relaxation going while gently rinsing away makeup, dirt and excess oil.

For a toner, which will help maximize serum absorption during your facial massage, try the COSMEDIX Purity Balance Exfoliating Prep Toner, which helps keep skin clean with Salicylic and Lactic Acids.

2. Apply BrillianCy Brightening Face Oil.

In addition to BrillianCy’s skin-brightening benefits, it also helps your fingers glide across your skin throughout the facial massage; a thin layer should do the trick but be sure to apply enough oil so that your fingertips can move easily without pulling at your skin.

3. Massage Away.

For a facial massage that helps to lift and firm the appearance of skin, follow these area-specific steps, applying a light-to-medium amount of pressure with your Gua Sha stone, Rose Quartz Roller or fingers. COS Tip: If you use your fingers, only use the ring and middle finger for targeted treatment. Repetition is key!


Starting at the center of your forehead, glide the hand upwards and outwards from the brow bone to the hairline. Take your time and repeat 3-5 times.


Beginning at the nose, swoop in upward motions along the cheeks and cheekbones, towards the ears. To repeat, lift the tool and place back on the nose, repeating 3-5 times.

COS Tip: Because the goal is to help firm skin, always use upwards and outwards motions to promote a lifted appearance.

Under Eye Area:

For the delicate under eye area, gently glide the hand from the inner corner of the eye in spoke-like motions towards the temple to help reduce the appearance of under eye puffiness. Repeat 1-2 times.

COS Tip: Remember to add more BrillianCy oil if you ever feel your fingers dragging against the skin.


Glide your tool over the lips, beginning from the center and sweeping outwards and upwards. Repeat 5-7 times.

Jawline and Chin:

Follow your natural jawline from the center of the chin outwards towards the ears. Repeat 2-3 times.


Gently roll the tool from the bottom of your neck to the jawline. Repeat 1-2 times.


Feel free to repeat these micro-massages in order or go back to spend more time with areas that need extra love. The wonderful thing about this facial massage is that you can do it 7 days a week, AM/PM or just whenever you need an extra relaxing step in your skincare routine.

COS Tip: Place your Gua Sha Stone or Rose Quartz Roller in the fridge before your massage to add a soothing, cooling effect to your treatment.

4. Lock It In.

Finish with your favorite COSMEDIX moisturizer, like Harmonize Microbiome Boosting Moisturizer, or, for an SPF option, Hydrate+, to help lock in your at-home facial massage skin care benefits and take on the day (or evening) with a brilliant-looking glow.