I’m not a fan of using more than one exfoliating acid in your skincare routine – unless they come in the same product.
The reason is simple. If you’re trying to fit 3 exfoliants in your regimen, chances are you’ll be exfoliating every single day. For most people, that’s more than their skin can take. Cue dryness, irritation, sensitivity. It’s skin hell.
But if the acids come in a single product? You can use it only when you need it. Plus, you know the acids were formulated to get along and work well together, so you don’t accidentally end up giving your skin more of the wrong acid.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the 3 most popular exfoliating acids are glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid. Where can you find them all together?
For a long time, Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum was your best bet – if you could afford the splurge, that is. This stuff ain’t cheap.
What if you can’t? I’ve found the perfect dupe for you. Meet Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion. Here’s how they compare:
I’m a huge fan of exfoliating acids. They work by dissolving the glue that holds skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the brighter, smoother skin hiding underneath.
Both Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion use the same exfoliating acids:
- Glycolic Acid: The smallest member of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) family, it penetrates deeper than other acids. This makes it more effective, but also more irritating (read: it’s NOT for sensitive skin). It has hydrating properties to boot.
- Lactic Acid: A fellow AHAs, it’s bigger than glycolic acid. It exfoliates and hydrates sensitive skin without irritation.
- Salicylic Acid: A member of the Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) family, it gets inside the pores and exfoliates from within. This way, it removes blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe redness.
If you have combination skin that needs the extra hydration from AHAs and the acne-busting properties of BHA, both of these exfoliants are made for you.
No matter how gentle you are, exfoliation always has the potential to irritate skin, especially if it’s sensitive. Glycolic acid is often the culprit here.
That’s why I’m glad that both Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion have their fair share of soothing extracts to counteract any potential irritation.
Drunk Elephant relies on good old aloe vera and green tea, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and photo protective properties. Studies show it prevents wrinkles, soothes irritations and boosts sun protection.
Moon Juice opted for niacinamide (more on it soon) and allantoin, a plant-based soother that fights inflammation and moisturises skin to boot.
I wouldn’t say one combination is better than other. I’m just glad that both products got this covered.
Niacinamide is one of my fave skincare ingredients. The reason? It does everything:
- It hydrates skin: it’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- It soothes skin: it alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- It lightens skin: it reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- It helps treat wrinkles: preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- It treats acne: its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
Only Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion has niacinamide. One more point in its favour.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Both Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion have their fair share of antioxidants to help fight premature wrinkles.
But Drunk Elephant has the edge for two reasons:
- It’s more hydrating: It features Hyaluronic Acid, a moisture magnet that can attract and bind to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water.
- It’s less irritating: It has no fragrant oils that could irritate sensitive skin (Moon Juice has a few drops of clary oil).
I personally don’t think a few drops of clary oils are a dealbreaker. If your skin is fine with it, Moon Juice is still a valid option.
But if you have sensitive skin that reacts to anything, or you know this oil is a trigger for you, avoid it.
Which Of The Two Should You Go For?
It depends on your needs.
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion ($39.00): available at Sephora
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Is Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion A Dupe For Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum?
I wouldn’t call Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion an exact dupe for Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. But it’s a more affordable option to get the same combination of exfoliating acids – as long as your skin isn’t sensitive.
Have you tried Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion and/or Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum? Share your experience in the comments below.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Galactoarabinan, Propanediol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Benzoate
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Phytic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Propanediol, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Allantoin, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom) Extract, Tocotrienols, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-10 Oleate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Tocopherol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Citric Acid, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract
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