Arguably one of the most hyped and innovative products of early 2017, Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C Sukari Babyfacial has been an addition to my weekly routine for the past 6 weeks now. It has knocked my socks and cells off. Hint: Yes. I love it.
If you’ve been in hibernation for the last two years and aren’t aware of who Drunk Elephant are: They’re a relatively new brand to the market (founded in 2012), promising good quality ingredients and only good quality, necessary ingredients. By that, I mean they are free from ‘silicones, dyes, essential oils, fragrance, SLS, chemical screens, alcohol phthalates, PEGS/SLES’ amongst a few others. Usually these ‘free from’ lists make me eye-roll (not everything synthetic is harmful. Likewise, not everything that is ‘green/natural’ is good). However, most of these exclusions are bang on with what I personally try to avoid in skincare products; their promise of providing the skin with non-irritating but clinically-effective ingredients – both natural and synthetic – is totally engrossing for me. They have my attention! If you’d like to read more on Drunk Elephant’s ethos: click here.
I think the care and detail that has gone into every packed box should be given notable attention and praise. Other than the ridiculously cute aesthetic, Tiffany not only included a 3ml sample of the Drunk Elephant Luxury Virgin Marula Oil but also a little word of advice on how to get the best results with the product. See the note below:
It goes without saying that such a high concentration of AHA and BHA should NOT be used in conjunction with a retinol/retinoid. My general rule for this product is to have a day or two prior to be ‘free’ of exfoliants (and in my case, Differin too). The same goes for the subsequent 2 days. It may not even be necessary for you to use once a week. Rather, you may feel that once every other week provides sufficient results. Play around with it!
In typical Drunk Elephant fashion, Babyfacial comes in an airless pump. However, unlike their other flawless twist-up packaging, I did experience issues with my pump. If you follow my Instagram, you will know that with my original bottle, it would take 30/40 pumps to get an enough product for my full face. After contacting Drunk Elephant, they recommended pushing a straightened paperclip in one of the two small holes on the bottom of the bottle. This certainly helped, but I was still struggling. I believe that my pump may have been blocked with product, preventing any from coming out. Drunk Elephant very kindly went out of their way to send me a new Babyfacial, which works perfectly. That’s GOOD customer service right there!
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.
I mean, is there any point in highlighting the impressive ingredients in Drunk Elephant products? They certainly hold up on their promises. With a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric at 25%) and beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic acid at 2%), Babyfacial effectively resurfaces and refines skin. Where this product also shines though, is its inclusion of multiple antioxidants (green tea, apple and pomegranate extract) and skin-replenishing (passionfruit seed oil, marula oil and niacinamide) ingredients. As somebody who tends to avoid glycolic acid, this product has caused absolutely zero issues or sensitivity. I believe this is due to the formulation balancing its resurfacing abilities with nourishment.
How I use it:
Once a week, after cleansing, using a thin and even layer over face. Below is about how much I use for my entire face. The texture of the product is quite thick and sticky, think maple syrup with a little bit of grit. When removed, it turns into an almost-milky lotion and doesn’t take much to rinse away. I would say for an acid, the tingle is about a 2/10 for me – certainly not the worst and definitely not unbearable. It lasts for around 10 seconds (it will however vary from person to person).
I have never had a product that has shown such instant gratification but long-lasting results. Upon removal, my skin felt the softest it had in a LONG time (note, I am not an avid user of AHA’s, I only frequently use BHA’s). Looking in the mirror, my skin had a ‘glow within’ look. Not my usual glossy sheen from rampant oil production, but a true glow. Pores were refined, skin looked clearer and more uniform. And that was upon removal! Unlike most masks, the results last. The glow lasts!
With weekly use I have seen:
- Old pigmentation fade and fade and fade.
- My forehead (my biggest problem area) be and stay clearer.
- Smaller pores
- Improved texture
- Less breakouts and certainly less cystic breakouts. (Note: I can not attribute this solely to one product as I am currently using Differin and Azelaic Acid).
Babyfacial has been an absolute dream, and a welcomed addition to the family. It offers something that no other product has: an instant and immense improvement. I would not hesitate to use this the day of or the day before an event. All products sink in beautifully after using the mask.
Tip: Had a blemish crop up? After cleansing pop a small amount on said blemish for 20 minutes. (Dare I say this rivals my trusted Paula’s Choice BHA9 for its rapidness at calming the inflammation of cysts! I.E – overnight!)
Why I think this product is so remarkable, is its pH. Many of the chemical exfoliants on the market, particularly those with a high concentration, do not have a pH in a range of pH3-4 (the most ideal). What happens here, as Lab Muffin explains much more eloquently here and here, is that the free acid percentage becomes ionised/dissociated in form. I.E you are not getting the % of acid that is claimed on the bottle. This of course, is not always a bad thing. Higher concentrations of acid at a lower pH can be extremely irritating and result in over-exfoliation. But to quote Lab Muffin:
‘Even though theoretically all of the HA will eventually be absorbed, the HA that’s in your skin is also being removed and broken down in your body. If the pH is too high, the HA will be absorbed too slowly, and will end up too dilute in your skin to have an effect (if you pour a bottle of Coke into a swimming pool and drink all the water, you won’t taste the Coke even though you’ve drunken a whole bottle of it).’ – Lab Muffin
Why Babyfacial makes me happy? I know that the mask is the correct pH to exfoliate and that my money is going to something as effective as it claims. Yes, the product is expensive. However, for $80 per 50ml and once a week usage, this product will last me a year at the very least, and negates the need for other AHA products because of its concentration. Dare I say it will become HG status. Will you be trying Babyfacial?
As always, follow with an SPF of 30 or greater. Concerns such as pigmentation cannot be fixed without daily SPF!