I always thought that, if I could only use one skincare brand for the rest of my life, I’d choose Paula’s Choice hands down. That was until a Drunk Elephant came along and totally swept me off my feet.
Drunk Elephant is the new kid on the block in the skincare world and only makes a handful of products. Yet, OMG, they are ALL amazing!
Seriously, I was gonna do what I usually do, and that’s share the best, worst and average products from this brand. But I couldn’t find any bad products. I couldn’t even find any meh products! Now, that was a first!
By the way, this post is NOT sponsored (although if someone from Drunk Elephant got in touch and offered to pay me for promoting products I’m more than happy to promote for free, I wouldn’t say no 😉 ).
I genuinely love their products. And that poses another problem. If everything is amazing, where the heck do you start exploring this line? Here are my top of the top picks:
T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90.00)
If you can’t decide between glycolic acid and salicylic acid, this is the serum to get. It has 12% glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells, boost collagen production, and reduce the signs of sun damage, such as wrinkles and dark spots. Salicylic acid, here in 1%, gets inside the pores, unclogging them from all the gunk that causes breakouts. It also has some lactic acid, which both exfoliates and hydrates.
Basically, it addresses both sun damage and breakouts, making it an amazing option for all skin types (bar maybe sensitive). Did I mention it contains antioxidants and hyaluronic acid to prevent wrinkles and keep skin hydrated too? Available at Dermstore and Sephora.
C-Firma Day Serum ($80.00)
Vitamin C is one of the best things you can use on your skin. It fights the free radicals that cause wrinkles, promotes the production of collagen that keeps skin firm, and even reduces dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It even boosts the effectiveness of your sunscreen (but should never be used as a substitute for it!). Vitamin C (here in the form of ascorbic acid) is famous for instability, so to make it more stable, Drunk Elephant has added the antioxidants ferulic acid and vitamin E.
These three boost one another’s effectiveness – it’s one of those combos everyone NEEDS in their skincare routine. Oh, don’t let the yellowish hue of the serum fool you. Usually, that’s a sign that vitamin C has gone bad, but this serum contains ingredients, such as tetrahydro curcuminoids (an anti-irritant) that have a yellow colour.
Add in some more antioxidants (such as green tea and licorice extracts), hydrating hyaluronic acid, and moisturizing manula oil and you have another wonderful formula that will suit most skin types (only oily skin may find it too rich). Available at Dermstore and Sephora.
B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel ($52.00)
Looking for an oil and silicones free moisturizer for your oily and acne-prone skin? This is it. Its lightweight formula isn’t sticky or tacky and is free of anything that may cause breakouts. Instead, it’s full of humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and panthenol, that attract moisture from the environment into the skin, keeping it hydrated without adding oil to it.
And, of course, it has its fair share of antioxidants, including pineapple and bearberry extracts, that help fight wrinkle-causing free radicals. Plus, it feels so refreshing on the skin! Available at Dermstore and Sephora.
Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF30 ($38.00)
Zinc oxide is my fave sunscreen ingredient because it provides, on its own, broad spectrum protection without irritating even the most sensitive of skin. This sunscreens contains a whooping 20%, yet it isn’t greasy and even the white cast it leaves behind is minimal and quickly blends away into the skin.
It also has antioxidants vitamin C and astaxanthin, which fight wrinkles and boost the sun protection the sunscreen offers. Finally, moisturizing oils, like coconut and marula, make this sunscreen so hydrating you may skip the moisturizer! Having said that, it may be a bit too moisturizing for oily and acne-prone skin types. Available at Dermstore and Sephora.
Peekee Bar ($28.00)
This was supposed to be the dud. It’s a bar soap and bar soaps suck. They usually use harsh ingredients that disrupt the skin’s protective barrier, causing dryness and irritations. Surprisingly, this one doesn’t.
That’s because, instead of lye, it’s made with the gentle surfactants sodium coco-sulfate and disodium lauryl sulfoccinate mixed with a natural binder and held together by wheat germ starch. Basically, it’s a bar that acts like a liquid formula, cleansing skin without irritating it. About time someone came out with a bar soap like this! Available at Dermstore and Sephora.
Have you ever tried Drunk Elephant? If so, what are your fave products?