T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial is an exfoliating mask whose mission is to improve skin's texture and radiance while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to a formula that contains 25% AHAs (led by glycolic acid) and 2% BHA (salicylic acid), we're happy to report all those benefits are possible, and quickly, too. The only concern is that the combined AHA potency is intense and can be too strong for some, especially those with sensitive skin. However, the manner in which this product is used should make a difference in terms of whether the high concentration of AHA will be an issue or not. As with any such active product, pay attention to how your skin responds.
Per Drunk Elephant's instructions, you're advised to use T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial once a week, leaving it on skin for 20 minutes before rinsing off. While we usually advocate for leaving an AHA or BHA exfoliant on skin longer, at this strength and the formula’s pH, 20 minutes should be long enough for exfoliation to happen. After rinsing, you should see improved skin texture and tone along with enhanced softness.
If you're new to using an AHA exfoliant or haven’t tried one that contains this much AHA, stick to the once per week usage recommendation. The brand mentions that slight tingling may occur within the first couple minutes—if that's the case and if the tingling persists, we recommend rinsing before the 20 minutes are up. AHAs don’t have to tingle to work but it can happen, the likelihood increasing in tandem with the concentration of AHAs. To their credit, Drunk Elephant took steps to minimize this possibility by including soothing plant ingredients such as green tea, milk thistle, and a form of anti-irritant licorice.
As for the rest of the fragrance-free formula, it contains several antioxidant-rich plant extracts, as well as replenishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and restorative niacinamide, which help boost T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial's anti-aging power. However, those ingredients aren't quite as useful as they would be in a product that is left on skin instead of rinsed, but it’s still nice to see them included.
Along with the aforementioned soothing agents, the 2% BHA deserves special mention because it unleashes additional anti-inflammatory benefit along with helping to unclog pores and eliminate blackheads (although the latter concern needs more than once-per-week attention to remain in the clear).
You may notice that Babyfacial contains finely milled green tea and chickpea powder. The particles are dispersed so intermittently that you may not even detect them, but either way, they're completely gentle—neither a help nor a hindrance.
The bottom line: T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial delivers on its promises of smoothing all skin types, and although it might seem pricey, it costs less than a professional in-office peel and comes pretty close to delivering the same results. If you have extra-sensitive skin, you might want to check out the options on our list of Best Exfoliants or consider leaving Babyfacial on skin for 5 to 10 minutes and seeing how your skin responds.
- High-strength glycolic acid (AHA) successfully improve skin's texture and radiance.
- BHA adds pore-unclogging benefit.
- Antioxidant-rich plant extracts, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide boost the anti-aging power.
- Contains plant-derived soothing agents to enhance tolerability of the high amount of AHA.
- Fragrance-free formula.
- This potency of AHA can be sensitizing for some (prolonged stinging or tingling are a sign of this).
Babyfacial is a pro-quality AHA/BHA facial that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone and a more youthful radiance. Think of it as an extra nudge for stubborn, dull skin (in other words, itll knock your cells off).
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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