Can I just say how excited I am to be doing a weekly skincare feature on here?! I feel like these days, I’m more into skincare than makeup so I figured I should kick things off with the most life-changing product that I’ve ever discovered. Ever (not even kidding). Now with that being said, this mask may not be for everyone, but it’s changed my skin for the better since I started using it about a year ago.
So let’s start off with a little background info about my own skin… I have dry to combination skin, depending on the time of year, but my skin is somewhat sensitive and can be breakout prone. I’m also in my mid thirties, so getting fine lines under control before they decide to stick around is a major priority for me. I used to use pretty hardcore physical exfoliators to keep my pores clear and make sure my skin was nice and smooth, but after a while I noticed that things like my Clarisonic brush or gritty exfoliating scrubs were actually making my dry patches worse, causing a lot of redness and acne flare-ups, and adding to the lines I was developing. That’s when I discovered the magical world of topical exfoliators such as AHA’s and BHA’s and my skin really started to transform.
Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial mask uses alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to basically resurface your skin by eating up all of the dead skin cells and gross stuff in your pores. It sounds harsh, I know, but it works beautifully without causing the minuscule surface tears and irritation that some methods of physical exfoliation can cause. This mask is one of the more potent AHA/BHA products out there, so you definitely want to try a patch test before applying it all over your face. It’s typically gentle enough for most skin types, although it does have a bit of a warm tingling sensation to it. I find that the more consistently I use it, the less it tingles, and it’s never been so tingly or warming that it caused any long-term redness or a reaction.
Now let’s get into why it has that tingling sensation and what AHA’s and BHA’s will do for your skin. This mask contains ingredients such as glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and salicylic acids, which are what eat up the dead skin cells, help to decongest your pores, and overall, improve the texture and brightness of your skin. These acids also help to minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles and well, they make your skin feel incredibly smooth once all of the nasty dead stuff is cleared away. T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial also contains chickpea flour, pumpkin ferment extract, matcha, milk thistle, and apple, which work together to defeat dullness and dark spots, gently exfoliate, and improve the skin’s elasticity.
I know all of that sounds pretty intense, but because this mask is formulated without any fragrance, essentials oils, silicones, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, etc, and has what Drunk Elephant refers to as an “ideal” pH of 3.5, it’s not going to cause the type of negative reaction that you might get if you used an AHA/BHA mask that contained those ingredients that can potentially cause additional irritation. This mask has been deemed as one of the most popular “Clean at Sephora” products, which means it’s formulated without over 50 ingredients that aren’t necessarily great for your skin or the environment.
Because this mask is a bit on the potent side, you only want to use it every 7 to 10 days. I use it as part of my Sunday self care/skin care routine so I can start my week with a fresh face. I like to apply this mask after I’ve had a nice steamy shower and washed my face… Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel like that’s when my face is the cleanest. Of course you want to avoid the areas around your eyes and mouth, but you can apply this mask all over the rest of your face, to clean, dry skin, just like you would most other masks, or you can use it in more targeted areas. Personally, I like to use an old, flat foundation brush to apply this mask because it feels more relaxing and spa-like, but you can use your fingers too. According to the directions, you want to leave the mask on for 20 minutes, but if you’re just starting out, you may only want to do 10-15 minutes and work your way up if it seems a little too tingly at first. When your timer is up (set one… trust me, you don’t want to leave this product on too long), you simply rinse your face with warm water, although I usually use a damp, soft, microfiber type of face cloth to help remove it, but that may be too rough for some people when using an AHA/BHA product like this. I also like to use a very gentle cleanser afterwards to make sure I got all of the AHA/BHA cleared away, but that may actually be more irritating for some people too. After I’ve rinsed my face, I go ahead and do my normal nighttime skincare, skipping any products that contain actives like AHA’s and BHA’s so my skin has a chance to recover a bit overnight. Oh, and one last note… Make sure that you wear your sunscreen! That should be an every day thing anyway, but your skin may be more sun sensitive than usual after using a mask like this!
If you want to pick up this mask, you can get it directly from the Drunk Elephant website (they have afterpay btw), or from Sephora. It contains 1.69 oz / 50 ml of product and sells for $80. I know that price may seem a bit steep, but even when I use this weekly, I only have to repurchase it two or three times a year… A little bit goes a long way! Also, as I mentioned earlier, this is a clean beauty product, but it’s also vegan and Drunk Elephant is a cruelty-free brand.
This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this product with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review.