Hello dear readers!
After having a baby and working furiously to save for my maternity leave, the London Beauty Insider fell by the wayside. But, now my baby is three months old, I’ve decided to get back to it and start blogging again.
So, to kick things off I wanted to talk about Drunk Elephant – the cruelty free skincare brand from the US that every woman and her dog is raving about. So why the hype and what makes it so special? Firstly, it was only available in the US until now which, to those who had tried and loved it, only made them want it more. It’s also not tested on animals and free from silicone, essential oils, chemical sunscreens, sulphates, fragrance, dyes and alcohol. Music to the ears of those looking for results-driven formulas that aren’t full of nasty chemicals.
The brand was created by founder Tiffany Masterson who, fed up with the current standard of skincare not delivering the results she wanted, decided to create her own. Every ingredient is hand-picked and added at the highest percentages possible for maximum efficacy, so it really delivers on its promises.
I was looking for something really great as pregnancy had led my skin to become a little congested. I’d stopped using any retinols or acids (as they can be absorbed into your blood stream which isn’t great for bubs) and the gentler products I’d been using just weren’t cutting it anymore. So, in an attempt to feel like myself again, I treated myself to two of the brands heavyweights and most popular products: the C-Firma Day Serum and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. Both supposedly excellent at brightening, firming and creating a more even skin texture while tackling congestion.
The T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is an intense exfoliant that claims to help improve the performance of the other products in your regime by smoothing and polishing the skin as you sleep, leaving it clearer and healthier looking. It does this with 12% alpha hydroxy acid, raspberry extract and salicylic acid which are also excellent at tackling congestion spots – something I have particular problems with.
I was a little nervous that it may cause irritation as it tingles on application but was pleased to see that it didn’t at all. From the first night, my skin felt noticeably smoother and it looked fresher, brighter and more even. I can’t remember when I last used a product that worked so quickly and effectively. Two weeks in and the stubborn spots near my chin have gone, save for a few red marks, and my complexion is beautifully even and hydrated – no dry patches in sight. To say I am pleased is an understatement. I follow it with La Roche-Posay’s B5 serum for extra hydration and finish with a night cream and that seems to be giving my skin everything it needs at the moment. I love it so much that it has now made it into ‘The Products I Can’t Live Without’ list.
Next up, is the C-Firma Day Serum. Vitamin C is always part of my skincare routine but I’d fallen out of love with my usual SkinCeuticals CE Feurlic so was looking for a replacement. OK, so Drunk Elephant’s version is expensive at £80 but I’d read some fantastic reviews from Sali Hughes and alike so thought it may be worth the investment.
Formulated with 15% L’asorbic acid it has the same potency of vitamin C as SkinCeuticals and it promises to restore radiance while clearing away dead skin cells and reducing the appearance of pores. It does this through a mixture of ingredients including the brand’s signature virgin Marula oil, liquorice and Indian gooseberry. (The Marula Oil helps to keep the skin hydrated and the liquorice and gooseberry tone and boost firmness).
I’ve been applying it each morning to clean, dry skin (not forgetting my chest and backs of hands) and it’s really helped to bring back a lovely healthy glow to my skin. It also works beautifully as a follow-up product to the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum by continuing the good work. I also always follow again with a hyaluronic acid serum for extra hydration, a light moisturiser and factor 50. This combination makes the perfect base for makeup and I found it helps my foundation last longer – no grease to make everything slip off, or dryness to create those annoying patchy bits.
Paired with a broad-spectrum high-factor sunscreen, a vitamin C serum such as this can also be really effective at protecting the skin from environmental damage (the kind of damage that makes you age quicker). Winner!
All in all, I love both of these serums and am over the moon with the results. If I could only buy one, I’d go for the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum as it’s pretty magic. The downside? Both are £80 a bottle. But it is excellent, so if you want real results they’re worth every penny.
DISCLAIMER – I paid for these products and there are no filters on my photographs. Or Facetune.