What drew me to Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence ($29; provided by Beautibi, a great source for Taiwanese and Korean beauty) is that it purports to strengthen the skin barrier and that the brand specializes in post-procedure care. As a regular tretinoin user (yay Curology!) and frequent overexfoliator (boooo glycolic acid), treatments like Tre-Fact appeal to me.
When my moisture barrier is fine, Tre-Fact may seem like just another hydrating serum. But when it’s compromised–dull, bumpy, red, flaky–Tre-Fact comes to the rescue.
Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence Review
Tre-Fact dispenses as a light, non-greasy, creamy gel. I apply it during the serum step of my routine (usually at night but sometimes day+night). Sometimes I’ll mix a glob of this with a glob of Curology to dilute the concentration of tretinoin.
Although it’s described as a lightweight moisturizer (and indeed lightly moisturizes), there are only 30 grams in the tube, so it’s not economical to use that way. (But you do you!)
I put this to the test by–don’t try this at home–deliberately overexfoliating. This is where Tre-Fact shines.
It sped up my recovery from mild overexfoliation (thanks, mandelic acid) to more serious overexfoliation (thanks, tret). Within about 2 days, I could tell the difference.
Not as speedy as Bioderma Matricium, but I haven’t really found anything that is. Plus Matricium doesn’t really hydrate or do anything but repair skin, and it can feel almost heavy when my skin is in good condition.
Tre-Fact is more versatile, fitting into my routine when skin’s good AND bad. Totes recommend!
Skin Editor Tre-Fact Revitalizing Essence Ingredients
Lots of ingredients with potential for strengthening and repairing skin with short and long-term benefits: niacinamide, beta-glucan, peptides aplenty, and more.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Beta-Glucan, Niacinamide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Glycol Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Allantoin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Copper Tripeptide-1, Oligopeptide-1, rh-Polypeptide-1, Trideceth-6, Betaine, Polyacrylate-13, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Polyisobutene, Dimethiconol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Sodium Polyacrylate, Lecithin, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance
Pros: Repairs compromised moisture barrier. Lightly hydrating. Lots of skin-repairing and -strengthening ingredients.
Cons: Short-term effects aren’t too remarkable on healthy skin.