Skincare PSA: Drunk Elephant’s Day Time Serum Is the Tits

Leandra Medine | March 30, 2016

I am sure that I will punch myself in the face for having said what I am about to say once I’m, like, 40, but shit, man, turning 27 has really taken a toll on my skin.

I remember a not-so-distant past where I could drink multiple glasses of alcohol over the course of a night, go to sleep, wake up the next morning and start the day feeling dewey faced without ever even having visited a bathroom, dental hygiene not withstanding. But now? Now I can barely eat soy sauce-drenched sushi without seeing my grandmother’s reflection bounce back at me (power to you, Grandma, you look great!) within twenty minutes. The fallacy of deteriorating collagen is no fallacy at all, huh? Which, I suppose, is why women will spend anything on skincare products to bind their g-dang faces together.

I

Totally

Get

It.

And now, too, I’m sold. On serums and oils and moisturizers and anything that will make me look like I have not just weathered a long winter (lifetime?) eating popcorn and drinking sugar. And in my quest to find The One (if it exists in human partnership, it certainly does in cosmetics, too), I will try anything. Which, most recently, has meant a curiously titled brand called Drunk Elephant. I’m not nuts about the SPF and haven’t tried their lip treatment or cleansing bars yet, but gee golly whack, their daytime serum? The French Riviera coupled with angel foreskin all up in my face, people.

According to the Wasted Elephant site, their serum is supposed to do all these fancy things and is full of good-for-you ingredients like Vitamin C and D that combine and make me look like I am #flawless and also suntanned. Cue graduation song:

But it is not a self-tanner by any stretch of the imagination. More like the Instagram filter X-Pro II, if I may. Here is photographic proof.

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And here are reasons why this stuff rules from the devil’s mouth, the company founder Tiffany Masterson.

What is it about the day serum that makes me look like I’m sunbathing on a yacht — as in: how does it give me that glow?

Vitamin C is known to improve signs of aging, discolorations and reduce inflammation in skin. I use the gold standard L-Ascorbic acid at 15%, which is then made better by additional antioxidants ferulic acid and Vitamin E — a potent and proven combination. I added pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes to gently dissolve debris and dead skin so that the serum can really get in there and work.

I also snuck in some green tea…I go a little crazy when I’m adding ingredients so there’s a a pretty long list of key ones.

In a nutshell: Your skin is glowing because this serum is loaded with vitamins and nutrients, is smaller on a molecular level so that it’s more easily absorbed, contains non-fragrant extracts and plant oils and is formulated at the correct pH level of 3.5. You are supporting and nourishing skin instead of irritating and sensitizing it!

What should I apply after the serum?

I like to mix the serum with B-Hydra or Marula Oil, depending on my skin’s mood. Marula is a carrier oil, which means it can penetrate easily and carry whatever it is mixed with down deeper.

What are face oils for, really? What do they do to make my skin look better?

Oils are interesting and tricky and there is much more to them than is typically discussed. There are small molecule oils and larger ones. Some are higher in antioxidants, some help protect from the sun, some sit on top, while others can get in. Some will clog pores, while others act just like the oil we produce ourselves and as a result, balance the skin.

There are so many choices! Drunk Elephant’s Virgin Marula is a rich source of antioxidants and fatty acids. It can fight free-radical damage while improving the look of wrinkles and redness, as well as skin elasticity. It balances, heals, calms and fights premature aging and is antimicrobial so it keeps breakouts and bay. It’s also a carrier oil so it helps carry serums into the skin. Healthy, balanced skin is glowy and dewy and plump, and Virgin Marula oil helps reset your skin to that state.

Is it okay to use it every day?

Yes, it is. At the beginning, you might ease into it if you are not used to such potent acids, but work up to every day and you will have very happy, glow-y skin. It can also be used at night. If you ever get a sunburn, go for it then, too. It will help prevent associated damage.

Shop Drunk Elephant skincare and makeup at Sephora.com; photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.

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  • Amelia Diamond

    This post and Vitamin C the singer and your face made me want to try this even though I’m sick of your face!!!

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  • Megs

    Definitely have to try this. 28 is a rude awakening when it comes to skincare.

  • Linda

    How long have you been using it for, Leandra?

  • Debbie

    They’re products are expensive af

  • Kelsey

    I couldn’t agree more. THIS STUFF IS GOLD. I could tell a difference in skin tone, texture, radiance in 3 days. I would bathe in it if I could. I started using it twice a day because good skin > electricity bill.

  • Cinamaron

    Last time I went to Sephora I was checking this stuff out! I’d really like to try the day serum- I might spring for the All Glowy set on Sephora but the serum in that looks super tiny :/

  • http://insertwth.com/ Denisse

    I’ve been hearing so much about their products, and I’m in desperate need of a serum that actually does something to my lackluster skin! This Chicago weather and the depressive nature of 2016 has ruined me.

    On another note, I’ve been noticing more posts written by Leandra here on MR. I know she’s talked about in the Monocycle podcasts about wanting to write more but having to deal with the business side of MR. Glad to see she’s able to dedicate more time to content creating!

  • Angel Liu

    Their B-Hydra is great, but I am still sticking to SkinCeuticals for my Vitamin C serums.

  • Curious

    I thought I had tried everything from drunk elephant, but what is that lala whipped cream jar about?

    • Leandra Medine

      IT RULES. feels like literal whipped cream cheese (temptee) all up on your face. SO COOLING

  • Sujie Kim

    I already own too much skincare, buuuuuut I guess more is more right?

  • Kerrith

    You are totally going to punch yourself in the face when you’re 40. However, maybe afterwards you will pat yourself on the back for having started early with good skin care products! Don’t forget the sunscreen!

  • http://www.thefauxparisian.com Meg Maldonado

    You look aammmaaazzzziiiiinggg!!!! I want a dewy yacht face too!!!!

  • Aggie

    If both Leandra AND Wayne Goss are raving about this brand- I need to get my hands on this, NOW.

  • Lee

    Good lord, I’m now at the point with this brand where I’m just waving a hand around (in my head) and saying ‘Shh, shh… just tell me where I can buy this in Australia”

    • Jjune

      Same!!! Ughhhh

      • nbajwa02

        Amazon website! I have purchased two bottles from them so far because I love it and im running low but it seems to be currently unavailable! Hopefully they restock fast!

  • l:ly

    Trying this!! I am 22 years old and terrified!!!

  • Beatrice

    Just picked up some samples of this from Sephora. Can’t wait to try it out. The Sephora girls I talked to RAVED about it too!

  • snakehissken

    I’ve been waiting patiently for my current Mad Hippie serum to run out so I can try this. It’s more expensive, but I like that the packaging is airtight to keep my precious safe inside.

  • Fabwick

    Going to try this right now! The drunk Lippe sounds just about right. 40 is no joke #sexytime in case you’re curious: http://www.fabwick.com/#!Facts-Freedom-Fears-of-being-in-my-40’s/ciw7/56f097ff0cf23c800acea4b3

  • Catger

    Leandra, your skin is glowing and beautiful! I’ve been using various Vitamin C serums and facial oils, including Marula, for years. That with sunscreen (Skinceuticals is my go to) and people think I’m in my 20s and I’m turning 40 in a few months. Side note, I recently got ID’d when buying wine, flattering yet annoying since I forgot my ID and a 19 year old was holding it hostage until my husband brought my ID. Do not mess with a woman who wants her wine! Anxiously awaiting for Sephora to get the Firma serum back in stock and I’ve just bought their B5 gel and Marula oil. Take care of your skin now and you will thank yourself! You should do a post on skin care for different age groups. I suffer from the dreaded dehydrated skin after a morning of drinking and long for that 20 year old collagen.