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The Pink Elephant In The Room: Drunk Elephant Skincare, And Why It's So Popular.

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

If there’s a pink elephant in the room to talk about, it’s the Drunk Elephant Skincare Brand.

But first, admit it, you wonder about the name! Drunk Elephant uses Marula oil which has a high content of fatty acids and antioxidants, according to the brand, an ingredient it uses and believes in. "Drunk Elephant" comes from a myth that elephants love to eat fallen Marula tree fruit, which then ferments in their stomachs making them drunk. That solves the mystery!

Drunk Elephant Reviews

In the skincare realm, there are plenty of positive reviews for this brand, and worth to talk about! Fortunately for us skincare enthusiasts, there’s an abundance of skincare brands and products to learn about, experiment with, and use. There’s no shortage of choices and no shortage of new research. The Drunk Elephant brand was a disruptor to the industry in 2014 when it brought us biocompatible ingredients, meaning they focus on formulations that are close to our natural skin's acidic levels. The brand has had excellent reviews since. We can't talk about pH-balanced skincare without knowing about the acid mantle scale 0-14, which is commonly referred to as the skin barrier. The average PH level in Drunk Elephant products is set at 3.5-5.5. A PH under 3 is too acidic and too alkaline is over 9. So, as in the story of the Three Bears, it’s just right!

What does Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum do?

The serum was the 2021 Best of Beauty Award winner in the AHA (alpha hydroxyl acid) group because the serum formulates alpha hydroxy acids with 11 different peptides. The serum addresses texture, tone, and firmness, and the magic dose includes 10% lactic acid that provides gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells while also plumping the skin. I used it mostly in my morning routine and found my skin was brighter and glowier!

Okay, that’s not a word, but yes glowier.

It’s a powerhouse serum that visibly improved my skin’s bounce and is suitable for morning and evening skincare routines, and is good for sensitive skin. My complexion was less dull. This skin-strengthening and firming serum is known to address multiple signs of damage. The truth is, I’m doing everything I can to slow or reverse my aging skin and if you have mature skin like me, this light-milky gel will check multiple boxes.

Protini Polypeptide Resurf Serum Ingredients

The serum uses antioxidant-rich plant oils and vitamin E along with Squalane, Green tea seed oil, Marula oil, and peptides to help soothe the skin while adding a touch of lightweight moisture to the complexion. Protini™ Powerpeptide targets multiple signs of damage while strengthening the skin and working to bring it back to a healthy state.

Key Ingredients

  • Lactic Acid (10%): Derived from the fermentation of sugar, lactic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that exfoliates the skin by dissolving the bonds that hold dead cells together. Lactic acid is considered to be a milder, more hydrating AHA.

  • Peptide Complex: 11 signal peptides (made up of amino acids, which form proteins in the skin) and safe, plant-derived oils help to boost the skin's self-renewal process.

  • Amino-Acid Blend: A mix of quick-absorbing amino acids soothes, strengthens, and moisturizes skin.


  • Targets dull, uneven complexions to give more bounce

  • Improves the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and enlarged pores

  • Replenishes hydration levels, adding lightweight moisture

  • Boosts radiance and restores a natural, healthy glow

  • Formulated at a skin-happy pH of 3.5 -5.5

  • Vegan and cruelty-free

  • Recyclable packaging

  • No fragrances

  • All Skin types

  • Lightweight serum

  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and enlarged pores are improved and glow is restored.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Resurf Serum Packaging

This serum is also packaged in a similar, thoughtful design to many other Drunk Elephant products with a twist-top pump that tucks away when not in use. The pump also prevents outside bacteria.

** And remember, don't leave the house without SPF. With a universally flattering tint, Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinted SPF Moisturizer is ideal for most skin tones and leaves the complexion with a layer of nutrition and protection. Looking younger means SPF! Looking flawless means a touch of tint!


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