Illuminating Exfoliant with AHA/BHA

$60.00

A next generation triple action exfoliant for instant radiance. The treatment works to reveal an instantly smooth, supple and luminous complexion with 21 high performing ingredients meticulously chosen to brighten, detoxify, and uniquely add hydration back into the skin.

With its whipped and bouncy texture, this exfoliant cleverly combines physical and chemical exfoliants with AHA from naturally derived Lactic Acid and BHA from Willow Bark to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell regeneration for a luminous glow. Micro-tear proof and environmentally friendly round jojoba beads naturally dissolve upon exfoliating.

This exfoliant protects collagen and elastin with 17 sources which deeply detoxify pores and draw out impurities and pollution. To top it off, it remarkably replenishes lost moisture and delivers thirst-quenching hydration with a unique hyaluronic acid with a patented water trapping matrix that can’t be washed off and stays active for 24 hours. 

Cleanse, brighten, exfoliate, and hydrate while sweeping away makeup, impurities and pollution. Reveal your most illuminated skin yet.

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Cleansing and exfoliating are fundamental to a person’s skincare routine and are directly linked to anti-ageing benefits. Proper cleansing and exfoliation also enables the following skincare products to penetrate the epidermis effectively. They lay the building blocks for strong overall skin health. 

Our Illuminating Exfoliant has an advanced formula contains lactic acid (AHA) derived from maize. Lactic acid dissolves the glue that cements dead skin cells together, revealing a smoother, brighter skin complexion and delivers optimum cell turnover rate. Willow bark (BHA) is incorporated to break down excess sebum in clogged pores, it penetrates the pores deeper to prevent breakouts and is known for its supreme anti-inflammatory properties. 

Powerhouse hydration ingredient, Pentavitin, is also incorporated in the Illuminating Exfoliant to replenish the skin’s moisture after exfoliating. It delivers thirst-quenching hydration to the skin for a prolonged period of time and holds 1000 times its water weight.

It’s not enough for our products to be 100% clean, they have to have uncompromising results.  

In in-vivo tests, Pentavitin is proven to:

  • Provide 72-hours of long-lasting, deep hydration
  • Prolong skin hydration up to 6 days after the last application
  • Face mapping shows that 3 hours after a single application, excessively dry skin is hydrated

How does Pentavitin work?

Its effectiveness is based on its unique composition, which is like that of the carbohydrate complex found in human skin, and on its unique mechanism for binding itself with the outer layers of the skin, giving it instant and long-lasting hydration abilities.  

It's a fraction of the size of most other hydrating ingredients, meaning it can penetrate deep into the inner layers of the skin.  Pentavitin can only be removed through the natural shedding of dead skin cells.   

Facial skin hydration colour mapping - a revolution

Pentavitin has been clinically proven by skin hydration colour mapping to hold moisture in the skin for 72 hours. Hydration levels were measured at 30 different pre-defined points on the face, and a specific algorithm was then used to translate them into detailed facial colour maps. 

21 active high performing ingredients 

We believe in innovative, natural, complex formulas that have more ingredients and less fillers. We fill our products with the highest number of science-backed, consciously grown and cutting-edge ingredients from around the globe, to produce high-performing natural products. Our mission is to prove that luxurious, high-performing skincare doesn’t have to come at a compromise to people's health or the planet's. 

Every ingredient works hard in our formulation to prevent and repair hyperpigmentation, but below are your noteworthy ‘skin heroes’:

  • Hibiscus Flower: Contains a natural source of AHAs to help exfoliate and control oily skin and clogged pores. Hibiscus is rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which fight free radicals and help to prevent premature skin ageing. It maintains elastin in the skin by decreasing the activity of elastase, which is an enzyme that breaks down our skin’s natural elastin.
  • Pentavitin: Has a smaller molecular size than Hyaluronic Acid, meaning it can penetrate the skin’s epidermis deeper, for prolonged hydration results. Pentavitin works to help the skin create its own internal water source to continually rehydrate itself, it locks in moisture by strengthening the skin’s barrier function. Pentavitin works in as little as three hours and testing proves it works non-stop for 72-hours, delivering more hydration than any other ingredient on the market before.
  • Lactic Acid: Dissolves the glue that cements dead skin cells together, revealing a smoother, brighter skin texture and delivers optimum cell turnover rate.
  • Willow Bark: Breaks down excess sebum in clogged pores to prevent breakouts.
  • Jojoba Beads: Biodegradable beads gently that exfoliate the skin. They have natural emollient properties and help to maintain the skin’s natural pH balance.

Full list of ingredients

We ensure every Emma Lewisham ingredient is clean and safe and ban 2700 ingredients that have been identified by the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Skin Deep Database as hazardous or potentially harmful to humans. Below is our full list of ingredients with their EWG ratings in brackets (1 = low, 10 = high).   

You can also learn more about each ingredient and our sustainability goals in our Emma Lewisham Sustainability Framework.

Our Illuminating Exfoliant formulation is vegan.  

Organic Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) leaf extract (1)  •  Water (1)  •  Coco-caprylate (1)  •  Cetearyl alcohol (1)  •  Organic Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil (1)  • Glyceryl stearate citrate (1)  • Hydrogenated Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil (1) • Glycerin (1) • Pentylene glycol (1)  • Kaolin (1)  • Salix alba (Willow) bark extract (1)  • Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus) flower extract (1)  • Organic Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf extract (1)  • Lactic acid (1)  • Organic Primula veris (Cowslip) extract (1)  • Organic Leontopodium alpinum (Edelweiss) flower/leaf extract (1)  • Saccharide isomerate (1)  • Organic Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract (1)  • Alaria esculenta (Seaweed) extract (1)  • Organic Alchemilla vulgaris (Lady’s Mantle) extract (1)  • Organic Malva sylvestris (Mallow) extract (1)  • Organic Salvia hispanica (Chia) seed oil (1)  • Citrus grandis (Grapefruit) peel oil (1)  • Organic Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) leaf extract (1)  • Organic Veronica officinalis (Speedwell) extract (1)  •  Mica (2)  •  Xanthan gum (1)  • Glyceryl caprylate (1)  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride (1)  • Dehydroacetic acid (1)  •  Titanium dioxide (2)  •  Iron oxides (2)  •  Benzyl alcohol (4)  •  Parfum (natural fragrance, derived from flowers)  •  Benzyl benzoate (5)  •  Citral (3)  •  Citronellol (4)  •  Farnesol (4)  •  Geraniol (5)  •  Limonene (4)  • Linalool (3)

  • 100% of total ingredients are naturally derived
  • 76% of ingredients are organic
  • Our formulations contain benzyl benzoate, citral, citronellol, farnesol, geraniol, limonene, linalool in very low concentrations as constituents of our essential oils.  It’s worth noting that the EWG rating for these, refer only to the individual constituents extracted in a lab from the essential oil, or synthetic replications.  The ratings are not applicable to our formulas, as we never use extracted or synthetic constituents, only the pure naturally occurring essential oil 

Every Emma Lewisham product has been designed with the intention of being refillable, recyclable or compostable. We believe the future of beauty is where brands take ownership for what happens to their packaging at the end of its life, and that we should all aspire to a truly closed-loop recycling system. 

This product is included in our Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle free recycling programme. We believe the future of beauty is a circular model, where brands take ownership for what happens to their packaging at the end of its life.

Our Illuminating Exfoliant box is printed on an environmentally responsible paper which has been produced using PEFC certified pulp from responsible sources. We print on it using mineral, oil free, vegetable-based inks and water-based coatings. Oil based glue is required to assemble these boxes. Stamping foil used on the box does not affect recyclability. It is 100% recyclable in New Zealand with no chemical coatings, which means our boxes will degrade naturally, whether they are composted or simply put in the landfill.

Our Illuminating Exfoliant bottle is a frosted glass bottle with a plastic cap and pump made from imported virgin materials.

We've worked hard to provide you with clean skincare via a supply chain that is efficient, transparent, and accountable. To this end, we have developed a Sustainability Framework which provides transparency on what Emma Lewisham is doing to address the six drivers of our supply chain: raw materials, supplier, manufacturing, distribution, retail outlets and customers. These are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read the Emma Lewisham Sustainability Framework.

Use 2 pumps, 3 times a week. Use a small layer of exfoliant and use gentle circular motions for 5-10 seconds. Leave on the skin for another 20 seconds to allow the actives to take full effect, before washing off with lukewarm water.


The Emma Lewisham Clean StandardTM

100% naturally derived & traceable

Scientifically proven ingredients

Part of the Emma Lewisham Beauty Circle – Refill & Recycle

Vegan. PETA certified animal testing free

Safe to use while pregnant & breastfeeding

Compostable packaging


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