Following my positive past experience with Drunk Elephant, I decided to buy the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frames Glycolic Serum ($90/ 1.0 oz.) This is a gentle AHA liquid gel that is applied and worn overnight to allow you to wake up with brightened, slightly exfoliated skin. The Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Frames Glycolic Serum is available at Sephora, Dermstore and B-Glowing.
Many AHA’s are irritating, and I’m trying to ease up on harsh ingredient these days. Yet I find exfoliation helpful, it seems to reveal younger, more even skin and make my skin look better overall. Most AHA products feel harsh and stingy, which I didn’t experience with Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C. Framboos (unless I’d literally just finished an at-home peel).
According to the line:
Our powerful T.L.C. Framboos™ blend of glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids and Raspberry Extract, sinks in easily and delivers the most effective and precise level of chemical exfoliation without harsh side effects. Horse Chestnut, Bearberry and White Tea help to calm, brighten and protect.
Because I use a retinol product nightly, I wasn’t sure how to incorporate an overnight exfoliant into my routine. I emailed the company, and they suggested alternating nights and possibly combining the Framboos with the line’s Marula Luxury Face Oil. I actually didn’t try this combination, in part because I’d already obtained this Marula face oil, but I thought I should pass along their advice.
Overall, I liked Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum much more than the other’s that I’ve tried (including Mama Lotion and it’s granddaughter the M2 version). The lovely gel feel, lack of harsh irritants, and the lovely results made this solution zoom to the top of my AHA list. It’s lovely. The competing products are, of course, in a lower price category. However, I doubt very much that the less expensive versions include the lovely ingredient list of this product. Nonetheless, I found this was worth the price. Sometimes my facial skin can get a bit burnt-pink with products that are too harsh. The Drunk Elephant AHA seems to give me wonderful results without the irritation.
The product comes in a lightweight plastic container, which is roughly the size of the Chanel-clear-pump skincare. Mine survived international travel without incident. As the packaging describes, you’ll want to shake, shake, shake this before using to make sure you are getting plenty of the good stuff.
This product relies on a 12 percent glycolic serum that “refines and resurfaces skin by gently dissolving dead skin cells and supporting natural collagen production.” The serum feels gentle, but there is some serious effectiveness in the bottle. Again, loving the spill-proof design.
The ingredient list (click to enlarge):