- Fragrance Free
- Skin Type
[esp. congested, acne-prone, hyperpigmented]
- Use Frequency
or as needed
- Alcohol Free
- Silicone Free
Achieve facial-like results overnight.
A multi-step delivery system in a single, sophisticated formula to dynamically recondition skin's appearance. Blemishes, dark spots, pores, and texture seem instantly blurred, brightened, and smoothed—with cumulative results over time.
triple-pathway resurfacing complex
Optimized for intensity without sensitization, this complex softens texture, promotes cell turnover, and dramatically renews skin’s appearance.
Potent actives work in synergy with our resurfacing comple for transformative results—fast.
Support efficent, holistic healing while mitigating signs of stress and irritation.
restorative skin smoothers
smooth the appearance of fine lines and restore balance.
01. triple-pathway resurfacing complex
Our innovative blend of direct acid + enzyme + non-acid exfoliants leverages unique synergies to maximize cell turnover with reduced irritation potential. Mandelic acid resurfaces while calming visible effects of inflammatory reactions, making it especially great for pigment correction in skins of all tones. Lactic acid, polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone and pineapple enzyme support dynamic sloughing of dead cells and encourage skin’s repair process.
What differentiates Ctrl Z is the inclusion of an incredibly efficacious non-acid exfoliant: yeast oligopeptide. Rather than exfoliating cells indiscriminately, this novel biofermented active enables skin’s natural exfoliation systems to work more efficiently. This biotech peptide is shown to be as effective as glycolic acid without the irritation. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA) salicylic acid completes the blend: the optimal ingredient for decongesting blackheads and smoothing visible skin texture.
02. multifunctional brighteners
Advanced brightening technologies work in tandem with Ctrl Z’s resurfacing complex for transformative results—fast. Touted as a complexion bioptimizer, diglucosyl gallic acid is a first-of-its-kind ingredient activated by the enzymatic activity of our skin. This unique active acts on seven biological targets to correct the look of discolorations and redness. Next, undecylenoyl phenylalanine partners with niacinamide for multi-pathway skin brightening. This exceptional duo inhibits the appearance of hyperpigmented marks before they surface. These sophisticated ingredient synergies reveal a more radiant, even appearance with each use.
03. anti-sensitivity blend
Unlike traditional resurfacing treatments, Ctrl Z’s comprehensive formula supports barrier function, cellular repair, and optimal skin health simultaneously. Soothing madecassoside from the centella asiatica plant couples with panthenol to calm the look of redness and irritation. To support holistic, efficient healing of visible skin stress, prebiotic freshwater microalgae ensure a calm, balanced microbiome.
04. restorative skin smoothers
Our advanced smoothing peptide palmitoyl tripeptide-38 encourages optimal cell activity, wound repair, and collagen tissue remodelling to efficiently soften the appearance of fine lines and crepey skin. Finally, luscious, antioxidant-rich prickly pear oil teams with hydrating glycerin to top off this transformative mega-facial with a nutrient-packed mic drop.
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Aqua, Propanediol, Mandelic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Gluconolactone, Niacinamide, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Ethyl Oleate, Myristyl Myristate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate Citrate, Arginine, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid, Yeast Ferment Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Madecassoside, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Plankton Extract, Panthenol, Soy Amino Acids, Olive Glycerides, Hydroxyacetophenone, Diheptyl Succinate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate
We are dedicated to providing the most innovative, functional formulations possible and ingredient lists are occasionally updated to reflect this.
01.0 The Ritual
In the evening, apply two pumps to clean face and neck, avoiding the eye contour. Gently massage to absorb.
Most enjoy using 2-4 times per week. Congested, acid-tolerant skins may use nightly. Sensitive skins and those new to exfoliants should begin with once per week use or use as a 10 minute rinse-off mask. Perfect as a standalone, multitasking treatment or layered as desired. If layering, we recommend using Ctrl Z first before other treatments or creams.
The texture of Ctrl Z is a nourishing gel-cream emulsion with a soft bounce and velvety feel that absorbs quickly. Oily skin types can use as their sole moisturizer while dry skin types may enjoy layering a complementary treatment, like The Potion or Night Shift, or your occlusive cream of choice over top.
Spot test for sensitivity prior to first use. A slight tingle on application is normal, but there should be no burning sensation. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Direct acids increase your susceptibility to sun damage. Wear sunscreen daily and limit sun exposure, especially during use and for two weeks after. Ctrl Z is generally considered safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding, although some prefer to avoid salicylic acid which this formula contains at 1.5%. Most consider salicylic acid to be pregnancy safe at concentrations <2%. Consult your health care professional to discuss your unique situation.
Believe the hype. This is a fabulous treatment. If you like smooth, glowing skin, this is for you. Bonus: no irritation or redness.
Love this. I wake up with an incredible glow every time I use it. It’s unlike some of the other exfoliators I’ve tried in that it’s both powerful and gentle, which is perfect for my skin.
I am loving the way this makes my skin just Glow. And it actually Feels good on! I highly recommend this product and noticed a dewiness and freshness after the very first use.