Holy Grail Peel: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Today I’m reviewing the last Drunk Elephant product in my skincare stash. I’ve always been curious about Drunk Elephant due to the name. The C-Firma serum didn’t really impress me, but I did like all the other serums and moisturizers. While they also have nice cleansers, my favorite of the line, aside from B-Hydra, has to be the T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial. 

When it comes to chemical exfoliation, a blend of acids will give better and more comprehensive results than high concentration of a specific acid since different acid/enzymes target different problems. Babyfacial contains 25%  AHA (glycolic acid, tartaric acid, lactic acid and citric acids) to smooth skin texture, reduce pigmentation and fine lines as well as 2% BHA (salicylic acid) to combat breakouts and keep your pores clean. Oh, it also contains pumpkin ferment extract for some enzyme exfoliation. In short, it’s got all the chemical exfoliation ingredients you would ever want. While acids can do wonders for your skin, they can be irritating if not carefully balanced with other ingredients. Babyfacial contains aloe vera and green tea to condition and soothe the skin as well as hyaluronic acid and oils to replenish moisture and nourish skin. Basically, it’s packed to the brim with good ingredients. I can go on and on about each of them, but the most important thing is result!

The Babyfacial is a beige cream with no scent. You apply a thin layer on the skin, wait 20 minutes, then rinse off. It stings briefly on a few irritated areas when applied but there were no discomfort during the 20 minutes I left it on the skin. The cream doesn’t dry and my face was not red or irritated when I rinsed it off. Because peels are pretty intense, I skipped serums and only used a soothing toner followed by a gentle basic moisturizer (Boscia Tsubaki oil, Drunk Elephant Lala cream, Clinique Moisture Surge etc all works). For the next 2-4 days, my pores look smaller and my skin texture feels smoother. I had a breakout the week before I started using it. Babyfacial helped making the breakout go away faster and reduced pigmentation from acne scarring that I usually get. However, I didn’t see any difference on old dark spots (sun damage?), but I’ve only used it for a month (once a week).

As with any peels, make sure to stay out of the sun, use a high SPF and skip intense treatment on the day of (and maybe a few days after) the peel to prevent irritation. In fact, Babyfacial specifically stated to avoid retinol! Before this, my favorite peel was Ole Henriksen Lemon Peel. It is just as effective but made my skin slightly more dry and sensitive the next day. Ole Henriksen Lemon Peel is more suited to oily/combo skin while Drunk Elephant is suitable for all skin types including dry and sensitive. Another plus is the opaque pump packaging, which is more sanitary than dipping fingers into a jar, keeps the active ingredients effective longer, and is less likely to dry out before you finish it.

Ingredients: Water, Glycolic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Powder, Cicer Arietinum Seed Powder, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium PCA, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Dextrin, Polydextrose, Sorbitan Isostearate, Amylopectin, Niacinamide, Phytosphingosine, Lactic Acid, Propanediol, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

If you are tired of peels that don’t give good results, or leaves your skin dry and sensitive the next day, give Drunk Elephant T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial a try. It is expensive at $80, but the results last for days and you only need to use it once a week, not to mention all the wonderful ingredients it contains (and junks that it doesn’t), so for me, it’s worth the price.

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