There are not so many body products with AHAs and I have always been interested in trying them. And today I’m doing a review of Drunk Elephant T.L.C Glycolic Body Lotion which contains 10% acids.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion claims and ingredients
Drunk Elephant T.L.C Glycolic Body Lotion contains a 10% blend of four AHAs (glycolic, grape, lactic and citrus), which effectively exfoliates the skin, leaving it smooth and radiant.
It also has antioxidant-rich green tea, passion fruit, apricot, marula and shea seed oils for deep hydration, as well as squalane, vitamin F, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to strengthen the skin barrier, protect it from pollution and improve hydration.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Coconut Alkanes, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Propanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Adansonia Digitata Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii Kernel Oil, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Tapioca Starch, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ximenia Americana Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Quercetin, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin
The Drunk Elephant always use very interesting ingredients in their products, and this lotion works with:
- the well-known glycolic acid, which exfoliates, softens and smoothes the skin, and stimulates collagen production, thereby strengthening it
- lactic acid – exfoliates, softens and moisturises
- tartaric acid – another exfoliating agent that does not do much for removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin, but enhances the effect of glycolic and lactic acids
- moisturising ingredients, including squalane, Sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid
- a large number of emollients that soften and reduce skin roughness, including shea butter and oils of marula seeds, passion fruit, baobab, mongongo, watermelon, coconut, apricot, jojoba, xenia, sweet almond and avocado
- antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, including quercetin, avocado oil and vitamin E
- anti-ageing niacinamide that smoothes the skin, stimulates the ceramides production and moisturises
- skin-soothing allantoin
And the lotion does not contain alcohol, fragrances and essential oils, as the brand does never use them in their products.
Packaging and texture
Drunk Elephant’s packaging for hair and body products are identical. They are made of plastic and look very nice and bright. But are quite inconvenient because the bottles do not have a pump and straight after you start using the product, you have to store it upside down to get the lotion out of the bottle.
But the texture is lovely – it’s creamy and light and, despite a large number of oils, it quickly, almost instantly, sinks into the skin leaving neither white residue nor a sticky or greasy finish.
It also doesn’t have a strong scent, which is a huge plus for me.
How I use it and my impressions
I use Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion like all other body creams – that is, almost every day before going to bed. I bought it for use during autumn-winter only because due to the acids I would not dare to apply it in the summer, since I am not the most SPF-disciplined person unless I’m going to spend a lot of time in the sun.
And this one really helps with removing dead cells and making skin soft and smooth. It does not give instant results, like, for example, AHA products for the face. And for the first few weeks, I did not notice much exfoliating effect, so I was a little disappointed.
But over time, the skin became more and more smooth and softer to the touch. Plus, Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion really moisturises and nourishes, so I am very pleased with how it works.
However, the lotion has one significant drawback – it causes itching immediately after application. I was ready for some tingling sensation, which is normal when using products with AHAs. But this lotion does not just tingle the skin but stings it making you want to wash it off. 5 minutes after applying the product, the itching sensation disappears, but I’m still not sure I would like to buy the product again.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Glycolic Body Lotion costs £21 – £23 for 240ml and is available at:
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