Illuminating Exfoliant

$85 100mls




Carbon number: 15.91 kgCO₂e/litre
This triple-action exfoliation treatment uniquely combines both plant-sourced chemical and physical exfoliants for an instant complexion boost and unparalleled smoothing, bright...
Carbon number: 15.91 kgCO₂e/litre

This triple-action exfoliation treatment uniquely combines both plant-sourced chemical and physical exfoliants for an instant complexion boost and unparalleled smoothing, brightening and hydration. Plant-sourced alpha and beta hydroxy acids resurface the skin and loosen dead skin cells without causing irritation, while smooth jojoba beads gently buff away the debris without causing scouring or micro-tears. Saccharide Isomerate’s specialised moisture-enhancing and rinse-resistant molecules then deliver, preserve, and protect all-day hydration. Engineered with our proprietary Physiology Synchrony Unlock Method™, this luxurious exfoliant harnesses 14 high-performing actives to deliver proven antioxidant protection for up to 8 hours*, and delivers beautiful efficacy without aggravation for clearer, smoother, more radiant skin.

*Independent in-vitro test (2021)

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Agree that their skin is deeply exfoliated without feeling scoured or irritated after using the Illuminating Exfoliant


Agree that their complexion is clearer since using Illuminating Exfoliant


Agree that they want to continue purchasing Illuminating Exfoliant

Source: Consumer Survey July 2022. Based on 30 respondents.

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"Illuminating Exfoliant is gentle and smells lightly floral... Though it sounds tantalisingly edible, it isn't, but your skin will drink in the goodness!"

Illuminating Exfoliant

Application and Routine

Use 2- 3 times a week. Massage two pumps of exfoliant gently onto your skin for 20 seconds – enough time to let our smooth jojoba wax beads physically work away build-up, while the gentle AHA and BHAs dissolve the glue that cements dead skin cells together. Wash off with lukewarm water and a gentle face cloth. Follow in the evenings with Supernatural Face Crème Riche.

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Clinical Testing and Ingredients

Emma Lewisham's Physiology Synchrony Unlock Method™ is our proprietary skin-first formulating philosophy, which blends up to 25 scientific ingredients that are selected for their proven effect on the skin. The true breakthrough happens when these ingredients work in symphony across multiple skin pathways to unlock transformational results.

Our formulations are fundamentally different. Uniquely developed by scientists and physiologists with over 100 years combined experience, our formulas are engineered with up to 25 meticulously chosen ingredients that are individually efficacious, but in combination amplify each other to provide three-dimnesional, next generation results.

The most powerful way to interact with the skin is naturally, therefore we only use natural ingredients, harnessing both bio-identical ingredients found within the skin as well as the specialised, scientifically proven natural plant extracts. These bio-active ingredients work in harmony with the skin to trigger powerful cellular responses that deliver unparalleled results.

While our ingredients are natural, naturally derived and nature identical, we recommend doing a patch test or consulting your medical practitioner before using any new skincare product, particularly if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

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Illuminating Face Exfoliant is proven to deliver antioxidant protection at a cellular level.
Source: Independent in-vitro test (2021) investigating the inhibitory effect of product on macrophage cells.

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Deep Exfoliating Duo: Gentle acids, AHA from Lactic Acid and BHA from Willow Bark, draw out impurities and pollution, while biodegradable Jojoba Wax Beads generate non-scouring physical exfoliation. This chemical-physical duo provides deep exfoliating action without aggravation to deliver an even and glowing texture.

Hydrating and Protecting Complex: Saccharide Isomerate harnesses innovative water-trapping technology to provide deep 24-hour hydration, and antioxidant rich botanical complexes visibly improve skin tone and texture. This next-generation complex provides superior hydration and free radical protection that continues to perform long after this luxurious cleanser is removed.

Ingredients List

Aloe barbadensis leaf juice • Aqua / water / eau • Coco-caprylate • Cetearyl alcohol • Helianthus annuus seed oil • Hydrogenated jojoba oil • Glyceryl stearate citrate • Jojoba esters • Parfum (fragrance) • Glycerin • Pentylene glycol • Kaolin • Saccharide isomerate • Salix alba bark extract • Hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract • Salvia hispanica seed oil • Malva sylvestris flower / leaf/ stem extract • Melissa officinalis flower / leaf/ stem extract • Leontopodium alpinum flower/leaf extract • Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract • Primula veris extract • Veronica officinalis flower / leaf/ stem extract • Alaria esculenta extract • Alchemilla vulgaris flower / leaf/ stem extract • Citrus grandis peel oil • Achillea millefolium flower / leaf/ stem extract • Lactic acid • Mica • CI77491 (Iron oxides) • CI 77891 (Titanium dioxide) • Xanthan gum • Glyceryl caprylate • Caprylic/capric triglyceride • Benzyl alcohol • Dehydroacetic acid • Linalool • Citral

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Sustainability and Refills

All Emma Lewisham products are Toitū Climate Positive certified PAS 2050 and are designed to be circular. Through our global circularity programme, ‘Beauty Circle’, we take back all of our used packaging to be refilled or recycled.

Carbon number: 15.91 kgCO₂e/litre.

Repurchasing Illuminating Exfoliant? By choosing to buy this refill instead of a new bottle, you'll reduce your carbon footprint by 59%.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 60 reviews
Kimberley Baker
Amazing exfoliant

This is hands down the best exfoliant I’ve used. It feels gentle whilst actually doing an amazing job with out feeling abrasive. My skin feels supple and soft afterwards.


What a beautiful exfoliant. The scent is delicate, which is important to me as I cannot tolerate strong scents. The result from using this was fabulous. My skin was so smooth and so soft, I love it.


The first night I tried this, I ran out of the bathroom screaming because my face lit up like a lightbulb. Boyfriend agreed. The clock turned back and when I looked in the mirror, my 31 year-old face looked like a baby’s newborn bottom. It’s quite a steal at this price considering it’s a humongous bottle that lasts 1-2 years. I’ve tried other luxury chemical/physical exfoliants out there (double the price FYI) but they are either too irritating for my slightly sensitive skin, or the effects just aren’t impressive enough. Plus they don’t smell nearly as good as the refreshing floral scent of this one (similar to the Day Creme). I’m usually very greedy when it comes to trying out new skincare, but after 2 years of trying different exfoliants beyond this product, they just can’t compete with Emma Lewisham. I rest my case and give up - sticking with this in the future because it’s perfect in every way :)

Soothing & smoothing!

So gentle but it works! Definitely reduced forehead bumps and general roughness.

Illuminating Exfoliant

The illuminating exfoliant is key to my routine. The I adored the way Emma Lewisham products revitalized my dry, aging skin. Emerging wrinkles disappeared, complexion shined. But I was amazed at how all of those benefits were enhanced after I started to use the Illuminating Exfoliant. I use it 3-4times each week.

Illuminating Exfoliant

Pretty sure that this exfoliant has made the single biggest visible difference to my ongoing acne that I unfortunately still experience in my 20s, the day after I use it my acne has always settled so much. I generally have super sensitive skin so new products are always a gamble but so happy I got this. I do worry that the wax beads are a bit harsh on my skin though.

Illuminating Exfoliant

Lovely and gentle. My skin feels amazing

Gentle but effective

I love this exfoliator. It is gentle on the skin but very effective. Along with the other EL products I use I have seen my milia decrease on my cheeks, which have been a stubborn problem i've had for many years. I'm very happy.

Gentle but amazing!

I love this exfoliant, it’s super hard not to use it too often! It’s gentle but still does a really great job. Leaves my skin incredibly soft and really moisturised still. Love it

Melanie Garthwaite
Fabulous products

My sister sent me some of Emma’s products for my birthday. What a treat. I LOVE THEM.
my favourite product at the moment is the exfoliater. I have fine sensitive skin but this product leaves my skin looking snd feeling smooth and radiant with absolutely no irritation at all. Fabulous products.