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Illuminating Exfoliating Serum


An oil-free, multi-layered serum to hydrate, calm, lessen scarring, and gently exfoliate. Effective yet sensitive-skin-friendly salicin and lactic acid not only refine and brighten but improve the skin's natural moisturizing factor, leveraging the other hydrating herbs to refresh the skin.

A base of soothing, emollient-rich herbs of wild pansy, marshmallow, and aloe softens and smooths the skin. Working to improve hydration and retain water.

This is a very low-dose exfoliating formula that works with a collection of botanicals that encourage cellular renewal where a small amount of lactic acid helps lift unproductive cells (aka "dead" cells) that can cause dryness, dullness, and irritation.

Pairs well with our gentle enzymatic facial oil for additional support to create a complete evening moisturizer (Hydrating Layer + Oil Layer): Overnight Resurfacing Oil 

Scent: The scent is neutral with hints of green tea. No added essential oils.

Skin Types: Most skin types, including sensitive and congestion prone skin. Though caution should be taken if you have a compromised barrier.

Texture: Light, clear gel with a rich humectant base.

A custom blend of willow bark and meadowsweet using three different extraction methods to obtain the whole plant inflammation modulation compounds along with highly bio-available salicylic acid liposomes to penetrate deeper into the sebaceous glands.  In turn, it limits congestion and clears the skin.  The particular formula ensures it supports both oily and dry skin.

Sea fennel, orange flower, and a unique peptide calm redness and improve overall tone for a clear complexion.

Superfoods of green tea and pomegranate impart a range of skin-loving antioxidants to protect the skin from environmental damage, while also containing regenerative compounds to firm the skin.

Moth bean extract has been shown to be 50x more effective than retinyl palmitate (a very mild form of retinoids) in promoting cellular renewal and lessening hyperpigmentation.


  • Apply 1-2 pumps on clean, dry skin. Follow with your favorite facial oil or moisturizer. You may notice a slight film for about 30 seconds as it absorbs. You can blend your oil/moisturizer with the serum as a micro-emulsion or it can be layered while it is absorbing.
  • As a spot or zone treatment, apply a thick layer and let dry (5-10 minutes).  Then very lightly take a damp cloth and remove any film.
  • It can be applied 3 times a week for sensitive skin and up to once a day for more exfoliation.  For maintenance, 3-5 times a week is advised.

Complete the Routine

Recommended oils to be blended to create a customized moisturizer.

We recommended alternating with the Solar Return Revitalizing Essence or Radiance Elixir when not using the Exfoliating Serum.

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84% Regionally Sourced

aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) juice*^, camellia sinensis (green tea) hydrosol*^, spiraea ulmaria (meadowsweet) extract*^, salix nigra (willow) bark extract*, punica granatum (pomegranate) extract*, citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) flower extract*,  distilled water & palm free vegetable glycerin* & viola tricolor (wild pansy) flower/leaf*^ & althaea officinalis (marshmallow) root*^, vigna aconitifolia (moth bean) extract, lactobacillus ferment, lactic acid (vegan), water & acetyl tetrapeptide-40 & caprylyl glycol, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract*, sodium hyaluronate (vegan), sodium PCA (plant derived), xanthan gum, lecithin, sclerotium gum and pullulan

*organic   |   ^regionally sourced

Sunburn Alert: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) may cause sensitivity to UV light. Apply sunscreen while in use and for 1 week after discontinued use.

We’ve taken this into consideration and incorporated the recommended dilution to limit UV sensitivity as defined by the EU Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products intended for Consumers (SCCNFP).

Contains 2.5% Lactic Acid (AHA) and the equivalent of 1.5% Salicylic Acid (BHA) with a pH between 3-4%

To foster higher standards of stewardship among the land & people we practice bioregional sourcing. Most ingredients are grown throughout the Pacific West and including our own micro-garden in Oregon.

 6-month freshness guarantee, refer to the best buy date on the packaging. Products obtained directly from Live Botanical often have 12+ months of use.

If you are pregnant or nursing, consult with your doctor before using herbs. Always do a patch test on your skin before applying it to a large surface.  For informational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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At Live Botanical we are devoted to using the most vibrant, regionally grown and ethically sourced ingredients to encourage a deep connection to the natural world that can be felt with every use.


Using plant-based skincare is a journey in building relationships and reconnecting with all things. It is about falling in love with how the plants, people and land are cared for each step of the way.

Illuminating Exfoliating Serum