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Drunk Elephant

Protini Polypeptide Cream

1.69 fl. oz. for $ 68.00
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Drunk Elephant continues its streak of well-formulated skincare in suitable, user-friendly packaging with its Protini Polypeptide Cream, an anti-aging moisturizer that has a lot to offer to every skin type.

While Protini comes in a jar, it's an airless one (meaning you press down on its lid to dispense product) so its ingredients remain stable and effective, since they aren't repeatedly exposed to air or light (both of which can degrade sensitive ingredients over time).

This lightweight, almost gel-like moisturizer retains a creamy texture, sinking into skin for an immediate smoothing and softening effect. Another aspect we love: It's fragrance-free.

Most impressive, though, is the ingredients this contains. Drunk Elephant's labeling of this as a polypeptide cream is accurate; it's loaded with peptides, which are skin-restoring ingredients that, assuming they can reach their target areas beneath the surface, can help visibly firm and reduce wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and dullness.

Protini Polypeptide Cream also contains several amino acids which complement the peptides by hydrating and infusing skin with the replenishment it needs to thrive. Marula oil is also on hand, and it's a good, non-fragrant plant oil, best for normal to dry/very dry skin.

All of this means that Protini Polypeptide Cream can live up to its claims of helping skin look and act younger, not to mention maintaining smooth hydration. While it's certainly not the least expensive anti-aging moisturizer, its formula is worth the investment.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, gel-like cream feels hydrating and smoothing.
  • Contains numerous peptides and amino acids.
  • Lives up to all its claims.
  • Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This breakthrough protein moisturizer combines an unprecedented array and concentration of signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids and pygmy waterlily for visible and immediate improvement in the appearance of skins tone, texture and firmness.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Bacillus/Soybean/ Folic Acid Ferment Extract, Nymphaea Alba Root Extract, sh-Oligopeptide-1, sh-Oligopeptide-2, sh-Polypeptide-1, sh-Polypeptide-9, sh-Polypeptide-11, Copper Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-14, Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Alanine, Arginine, Glycine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Acetyl Glutamine, Coconut Alkanes, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aspartic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sorbitan Isostearate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Isomalt, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Sodium Benzoate, Phenylpropanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Symphytum Officinale Callus Culture Extract.

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 leave out what wasnt effectiveprimarily 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 wrongalong 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 treean indulgence that leads to intoxication. We dont know how true that is, and it's not really related to skincare, but the brands name is certainly different.

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. Theyre 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.

Strengths: A solid, though limited array of well-crafted skincare formulas; commitment to fragrance-free products.

Weaknesses:Their products are on the pricey side; limited options for those struggling with acne and discolorations.

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