F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial
Drunk Elephant’s F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial is a well-formulated overnight mask in packaging that keeps its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. We’re happy to share that this ably restores hydration overnight.
Packaged in opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, this mask’s cream-gel texture is easy to smooth across skin. As advertised, it has small beads throughout that “burst” upon application. This is one way to provide immediate hydration for normal to dry skin, although the same could be said for the hydrating ingredients not housed inside the beads. The formula absorbs quickly without a sticky residue (which is good, since this is meant to be worn to bed).
As far as the brand’s claims go, this has what it takes to achieve them. As the name implies, this contains electrolyte ingredients (coconut water, sodium PCA, magnesium PCA, and prickly pear extract), that play an active role in delivering vital hydration to skin. This also includes a high amount of antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich squalane plus brightening and pore-refining niacinamide, non-fragrant plant oils (jojoba, marula, and linseed oils), antioxidants hydroxytyrosol and ferulic acid, and five skin-replenishing ceramides, alongside linolenic and linoleic acids (which combined form the “Vitamin F” contained in this mask’s bursting beads).
What does all this mean for skin? These ingredients can help protect and restore skin’s barrier, help it better retain moisture, look healthy, and renew resilience over time. As with other Drunk Elephant products, it’s also fragrance free.
If you’re looking for a hydrating mask that provides more beyond just basic moisture, this one fits the bill!
- Gel-cream mask delivers instant hydration for normal to dry skin.
- Absorbs quickly without a sticky residue.
- Contains a high amount of squalane and niacinamide.
- Includes numerous hydrating, antioxidant, and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Packaged in a container that protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
With a blend of barrier-replenishing ingredients, including niacinamide, sodium PCA, plant squalane, five forms of ceramides, omega fatty acids and powerful antioxidants, F-Balm™ effectively rehydrates hungover, overly-parched skin, making it soft and supple. Tiny beads loaded with vitamin F burst during application to deliver extra emollience and soothing hydration.
Drunk Elephant At-A-Glance
Drunk Elephant, based out of Los Angeles, California, was started in 2012 by former skincare executive Tiffany Masterson. As their website describes, Masterson developed the brand out of a desire to create natural-themed formulas that were truly effective. Beyond effectiveness, Masterson wanted to leave out what wasnt effective - primarily fragrance. We concur, because fragrance isn't skincare.
We were pleasantly surprised by this stance, as in our experience, the inclusion of an abundance of fragrance is where many natural-themed brands seem to go wrong, along with using too few beneficial ingredients or formulas. Fragrance, whether from essential oils or synthetic perfumes, is never helpful for skin because over the long term, it can cause damage that holds any skin type back from being its healthy best.
As for the brands unconventional name, Drunk Elephant is in reference to anecdotes that African wildlife, including elephants, partake on the fallen, fermented fruit of the marula tree, an indulgence that leads to intoxication.
Drunk Elephant avoids using ingredients like non-mineral sunscreen actives, silicones, and parabens, even though countless studies have indicated these ingredients are safe (Journal of the Academy of Dermatology, 2013 and Skin Therapy Letters, 2013). Regardless, were just happy that the line has made it a focal point to use what research has been shown improves skin concerns like sun damage, breakouts and signs of aging, and leave out everything else. They're also using some novel yet potentially exciting ingredients in many of their formulas.
Drunk Elephant line is a small line, but tends to make each product count, or at least puts an unconventional twist on the norm. Overall, we came away impressed with most of its products and (usually) smart packaging.
Many of the formulas include the ingredient marula oil, which is an ingredient the brand favors due to the fact it contains an array of beneficial fatty acids, calming agents, and antioxidants (Journal of Food Lipids, 2004 and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 2014). It's a good ingredient, but there are many excellent non-fragrant plant oils, including coconut, jojoba, sunflower, and more, of which have similar benefits, meaning marula oil isn't the best out there, just one good oil among many.
Though the price tags are absolutely on the higher end, if you decide to to splurge on some key items, this is a good line to do so!
For more information, visit the brand at www.drunkelephant.com.
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