Let’s talk skin care for a minute. I wish I had started a routine back in my 20’s or even in my 30’s. I didn’t. So here I am, in my early 40’s trying to salvage my skin. I will admit it, I love the sun. I do. When I was younger, I hardly ever wore sunscreen or a hat. Now, I am paying the price for my fun in the sun.
A little background, I grew up on a farm and we raised cattle and tobacco. I was outside every.single.day. I loved it, not so much the work but being outside. I laid out in the sun when I wasn’t working – I had to even out my tan lines. I certainly owned a “farmer’s tan”. I used suntan lotion, baby oil and even tried butter in order to get that perfect glow. You read that right, I said butter. Yes, the kind of butter you put on toast. The same results every time, I burned to crisp and after my skin pealed, I had a nice little golden tan. I had plenty of vitamin D back then. My skin isn’t horrible by any means, but I certainly have evidence of wrinkles, brown spots and freckles and it seems like more and more appear every year. (*note, I now wear sunscreen daily, usually wear a hat/visor when running, no tanning beds period and usually don’t stay in the sun very long at all) I remember the first time I used a tanning bed, I wanted a tan for prom. I remember thinking this was one of the best inventions of all time. Year round I could keep a tan! Amazing. (you’ve seen me, I’m pretty pale and the thoughts of keeping a tan ALL THE TIME was magical)
I have been on a quest to find some products to help get my skin/face back to looking healthy. You know, bring back that elasticity that everyone wants. I consulted YouTube for some input. I figured that bloggers would be able to give me some suggestions on what is the best products on the market. They provided and I was overwhelmed. So many choices! I narrowed it down to about 5 or 6 products and then started to research through their websites and any additional information that I could find.
I choose to give Drunk Elephant a try. I’m not going to go into all the details of their products and philosophy. You can read about it here, I just want to share my experience with several of their top products.
I have tried the following (prices are listed in USD):
- Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser – $32.00
- Protini Polypeptide Cream – $68.00
- LaLa Retro Whipped Cream – $60.00
- C-Firm Day Serum – $80.00
- B- Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum – $52.00
Drunk Elephant offers The Littles for $90.00 – which are all the above along with several other products to try. The Little actually last a for couple of weeks. You only need a pump or two of the product. Finally, samples that are more than 2-3 applications. Nothing sets me off more than a sample that is only for an application or two. I want to try a product for a week or so before making a purchase. I need to see if I like it and how it does after several uses. As you see, buying these products are an investment. They are not cheap and I don’t want to waste my money. I didn’t purchase The Littles, I bought the sets (Out of Office, Rise and Glow Duo and the NightBright Duo) I should have just got The Littles.
For each product listed above, I used the little size and have now purchased the full size product.
Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a very mild, gentle cleanser. I use it all over my face and it even removes my mascara. It doesn’t burn my eyes, although I do try not to get it in them. You have to really rub it to get it to lather up though. The one thing I have noticed is that it doesn’t strip my face. It cleans fairly well and I only use at night. I usually just wash my face with water in the mornings. I don’t know if I will repurchase again only because of the price point. It’s $32.00 and I feel that there has to be something else out there cheaper and just as efficient. I would rather spend $$ on other products in the Drunk Elephant line rather than on the face wash.
Protini Polypeptide Cream. Here’s where I want to spend my money. I don’t know what’s in this but it does make my face feel amazing. It does not leave my face greasy at all. I use in the morning and in the night. I use it all over my face and around my eyes. My skin feels so soft when using and when I skip a night, I can tell – not as soft.
LaLa Retro Whipped Cream, this is another product that I really like and prefer to spend my money on. This is a light “whipped” moisturizer and it doesn’t make my face greasy either. Even layering with the Protini. It is a little heavier than the Protini. I use in the morning and in the night also and I usually apply after the Protini.
C-Firm Day Serum, I mix this with the B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. 2 pumps of each, I only use these in the mornings. I think my face has cleared up from some unusual breakouts (minus my monthly ones) and when I do breakout, I don’t think they are as bad. I can’t actually tell if my face feels more firm (maybe??) though.
With that being said, I don’t know if it’s one product or all of them together. I haven’t switched my makeup or anything else. I have found that my makeup actually applies smoother and I have been using less foundation and concealer. I have used all the above every day for 30+ days now. Like I said, I even purchased the full size of each product when I ran out of the littles. (Not all at once, I bought one-two items every pay week) I can tell a small difference in the overall appearance and the way my face feels. I wanted to bust this product so bad because of how expensive it is, but I just can’t at this time.
Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of our formulations. We never take into account an ingredient’s synthetic or natural status, but instead choose based on biocompatibility. You won’t find what we call the “Suspicious 6” in our products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS,) making them, in our opinion, appropriate for all skin. We believe that these six ubiquitous ingredients are at the root of almost every skin issue we see. When formulating the products, we focus on pH levels and safety, and always making sure that the active ingredients are at efficacious levels.
All products are fragrance free, so you are not mixing several different scents together. I don’t like strong scented products so this is a plus for me. They are 100% free of essential oils, silicones and fragrance and they are Vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free. <thank you DE!>
Additional products that I have tried include (from the sets I purchased):
D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – only used a couple of times. It is a bronzi color and it blends well in the skin. For whatever reason, it just didn’t wow me.
Lippe Balm – The set came with the full size of the balm. I use in the mornings and night, when I am applying products. I don’t think it’s worth the $18.00 and it has a larger area and it just feels awkward to me. (mine has weird marks in it because my child tried to eat it – don’t judge…)
Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – I use often, 1-2 pumps. I don’t want to over oil my face with moisturizers/oil but even when I use this I still don’t wake up with a greasy face. I have been using it around my eyes mainly.
TLC Sukari Baby Facial (sold only in US) – I have only tried this in a sample from Sephora. I have used it twice, I may have another 2 uses. It scared me the first time I applied it. My face was on fire, just for a couple of seconds and then it was fine. You leave on for 20 minutes and then wash off. Apparently tingling (although I’m telling you it was on fire!) is normal. It’s suppose to brighten, improve skin’s elastic feel and reveals the look of a more even, radiant baby-soft complexion. I don’t know yet, I need to try it more to confirm. The reviews on it have been good and highly recommended. It’s $80.00 and I have already spent a small fortune. I’ll have to see in the future if I still want to try it.
I may do a follow-up post after I finish the full size products to see if I still feel the same. I’m really curious. I’m still waiting for someone else to notice a difference too. There are more products I want to try. Again, the price of these products influence when and how I get them. So, I’m committed until I finish what I have.
Have you tried Drunk Elephant?
What skin care products do you like?
*This is not a sponsored post. Drunk Elephant did not send me any items to review. I purchased all products with my own money and all thoughts and opinions are my own.*