Drunk Elephant

Just like the next girl, I’m a fan of going to the spa. This is especially the case when it involves treating myself to a glow-inducing facial. While I wish that I had the time (and the money) to book a pampering skin treatment before every big night out, this is sadly not the case. Instead, I’m always experimenting with at-home radiance boosters. The latest pre-party product that I’m obsessed with? Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial.

I had heard about this “facial in a bottle” for some time before finally trying it out for myself. Stores could barely keep it in stock when it first launched in January 2017, and it’s one of the fastest-selling skincare products at Sephora. Part of the reason it’s so hot in demand is because it boasts twenty five percent alpha hydroxy acid (a blend of glycolic, tartaric, citric and lactic acids) and two percent beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid)—levels that are usually unheard of in over the counter products.

If you’re not familiar with these acids, they are potent leave-on exfoliators typically used in dermatological peels since they help turn over dead skin cells and resurface skin. Basically, this unassuming white and pink bottle is the closest you can get to an in-office treatment without leaving your house. The reason the brand pulls off such a high percentage of active ingredients is because beyond its blend of acids, the treatment is also packed with antioxidants to soothe and oils to hydrate. Plus, other irritators like alcohol and fragrance have been left out.

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For being such an all-powerful product, I was surprised by its creamy brown texture as I pumped it out into my hand. Once I applied it to freshly-washed skin, my face immediately started to tingle. The slightly uncomfortable (yet strangely gratifying) sensation only lasted five minutes, and then I forgot I even had the treatment on until the twenty-minute wait was up. After rinsing if off, the first thing I noticed was just how amazingly soft my skin was, making me realize that including “baby” in its name was no accident. My cheeks were initially a little pink, but before long I was left with brighter, smoother, and Red Carpet-worthy skin.

But one quick beauty PSA: Since you never want a skin-mergency (especially before a big night out), test out the treatment beforehand to make sure your complexion can handle its acid-filled formula. Certain skin types may remain flushed for a while or be too sensitive to use it. Also, never use the babyfacial with a retinol since it can create an adverse reaction. Other than that, it’s time to get glowing ladies!