Today I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve found the best serums for my skin: C-Firma Day Serum and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum from Drunk Elephant. I also got some other products from them but I’ll talk about those in other posts, let’s just focus on serums today!
Before going further, I would like to tell you about how I invest into skincare products. I’m more likely to buy from the drugstores all but one type of skincare product: serums. Cleansers, toners, and moisturizers don’t need sophisticated formula or high technology to do the job well. You only need to find ones that fit your skin type and don’t cause bad reactions. However, if you want something more than just moisturizing your skin (for example, anti-aging or some kind of treatment), moisturizers can never be enough since the majority of the ingredients are still for their main purpose, moisturizing! Then you would need something more concentrated to target your needs, which is a serum.
So now you know a serum is important if you need to do something more for your skin, don’t waste money on cheap products and expect a miracle. A good serum is concentrated with a great number of different antioxidants using high technology to prevent those ingredients to loose their effectiveness as well as to boost the effectiveness to the highest. That’s why it needs a serious investment. Just like other skincare products, serums might work very differently on different people, so the serums that don’t work for you doesn’t mean they’re bad, just keep exploring until you find the ones to which your skin reacts the best.
About Drunk Elephant
I discovered the brand recently when Kathleen Lights, a beauty guru on YouTube, mentioned and raved about the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. What made me interested in the brand is the fact it claimed to use only clean, non-toxic ingredients that either directly benefit the skin or support the effectiveness of other ingredients. You won’t find silicones, chemical screens, sensitizing colorants, fragrance or fragrant essential oils, and any ingredients that are potentially harmful to skin. Click HERE to see the full “Black List” of the ingredients that are not in Drunk Elephant formulations.
“The name Drunk Elephant is rooted in a myth that elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from the Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!” Virgin Marula oil is the ingredient that can be found throughout all Drunk Elephant products. This oil has a high content of fatty acids and antioxidants and is believed to be light enough to absorb quickly into the skin.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – $80/ 1 fl. oz
– Potent Antioxidant Complex (15% L-Ascorbic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Vitamin E (1%): Promotes collagen synthesis and protects against damaging UV rays to better prevent visible signs of aging.
– Pumpkin Ferment Extract and Pomegranate Enzyme: Both Improve cellular renewal and work to enzymatically digest surface dead skin cells and decongest pores.
– Vinis Vinifera (Grape Juice): Potent antioxidant and UV absorber that helps treat fine lines and discoloration.
– Licorice Root Extract: Brightens, lightens and de-puffs the skin.
– Indian Gooseberry: An antioxidant-rich super fruit that helps to prevent oxidative stress and degradation of skin proteins, while promoting firmness.
– Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer (smaller molecular weight than hyaluronic acid): Able to penetrate the skin to hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while promoting collagen formation. Delivers excellent moisturization through the slow delivery of water and acts as a free radical scavenger and powerful antioxidant.
– Chronocyclin: An anti-aging chronopeptide that biotransforms into Vitamin D and mimics sun exposure activation of the circadian genes. It optimizes skin physiological activities of defense and cells regeneration. Helps prevent signs of aging and sun damage.
– Virgin Marula Oil: Hydrating oil that protects, heals and rejuvenates the skin. High in Antioxidants and Omegas 6 & 9.
Packaging: I love that the serum is contained in an air-tight bottle with a pump that can be twisted to protect the effectiveness of the ingredients. The material is lightweight plastic which feels somewhat cheap, but I rather spend my money on the actual product than the packaging so I’m super cool with that.
Texture & color: clear orange substance that is a little thin. I’ve heard that this is the new formula; the old one is thicker. It is moisturizing and feels comfortable on skin. It’s a little sticky at first but the stickiness goes away and the serum is absorbed after 2-3 minutes. (If you’ve used Estée Lauder Night Repair serum, you would feel that this C-Firma serum looks very similar but is less sticky.)
Scent: the natural scent of the vitamin C smells like tangerine peels which might not very pleasant to some people but I don’t have any problem with it.
Result: my skin becomes more hydrated and brighten after just 1 day and looks firmer after 3 days.
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Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
– 12% T.L.C. Framboos™ AHA blend: (glycolic, (T) tartaric, (L) lactic, and (C) citric acids) exfoliates built-up dead skin cells, resurfacing dull and uneven skin for smoother, brighter and more even-toned skin.
–1% Salicylic Acid: loosens sebum to unclog pores while soothing redness.
– Raspberry Fruit Extract: rehydrates and soothes damaged skin, aids in the defense of free-radicals.
– Cactus Extract: soothes redness and sensitivity, helping to calm skin while using topical AHAs.
– Horse Chesnut: helps improve the appearance of broken capillaries and calms redness.
– Galactoarabinan: (polysaccharide extracted from larch trees) that acts as a gentle exfoliant and minimizes the appearance of fine lines while helping to inhibit moisture loss.
– Phytostem Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture: (cultured plant-derived stem cells) with potent antioxidant properties that help defend against photodamage and oxidative stress.
– Virgin Marula Oil: see above.
– Green Tea Leaf Extract: key antioxidant that provides soothing benefits while defending from free-radical damage.
– Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer: see above.
– Yeast Extract: brightens and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helping to minimize skin stress and soothes redness.
Packaging: See above.
Texture: clear gel texture that is fairly moisturizing and absorbed after seconds.
Result: after 1 day my skin feels smooth, skin tone is evened out, and pores look smaller.
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Result after using the 2 serums together:
Uneven skin tone, large pores, and under-eye wrinkles had been my skin problems for years. However, I’d been going around town with no makeup on for a few months because the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum made me feel OK with that. After using these 2 serums I can now bring my no-makeup face around town with ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE, the confidence that I used to have when I was a teenager! It was after only a week when I noticed my skin tone already looked much more even and brighter (including the dark circles), my pores became a lot less visible, skin has looked and felt smooth and firm since then, and no pimple pops up during my period anymore! I haven’t seen a major improvement on the wrinkles under my eyes yet but I understand wrinkles don’t just disappear and the most I could do is probably slowing down the new wrinkles that will come as I age. Overall, I’m so impressed and pleased with this result that I think I can finally stop looking for the perfect serum now, unless Drunk Elephant stops making these amazing serums.
The prices for these serums are steep but they’re worth every penny! If you’re curious but don’t want to spend too much, you can get the Dayglow for $23 and the Nightbright sets for $28 at Sephora. By the way, I bought my Drunk Elephant products from Dermstore.com where you can get 20% of as a new subscriber to their newsletter. Dermstore also has things on sale constantly (unlike Sephora) so you might not have to buy anything at regular retail price anymore.
Disclaimer: I didn’t receive any compensation in any form to mention the brand and stores here.