Summer Skin Reset with Drunk Elephant TLC Body Lotion

By the time Labor Day arrives, your skin will have absorbed the full brunt of summer’s rays. After a whole season spent outside (even while wearing SPF), dryness, sun spots, and body acne are common, which is why dermatologists advocate doubling down on exfoliants from the neck down as we transition into the fall. What’s our recommendation for getting the work done? T.L.C Glycolic Body Lotion ($25) by Drunk Elephant.

Drunk Elephant has repurposed the AHA blend used in its fan-favorite T.L.C. FramboosTM Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum ($90) so that you can get its resurfacing effects from the neck down for the goal of smoothing skin all throughout. It works by breaking the connections that link skin cells to the surface of your skin, effectively melting them away, with a blend of glycolic, tartaric, lactic, and citric acid. What’s the end result? Unclogged pores, a more uniform skin tone, and no signs of dullness.

“Exfoliation is an essential in every skin-care routine, especially in the summer,” according to esthetician Joanna Czech. “It clears your pores of dead skin cells, sweat, grime, and other toxins.” So, if you haven’t been exfoliating as much as you should have been while enjoying the sun and sand, now is a good time to start.

The fact that the Drunk Elephant recipe combines powerful exfoliators with forceful hydrators is unique, and the combination of the two types of actives is critical for maintaining the health of your skin barrier. The lotion also contains marula butter, which hydrates the skin with lipids and fatty acids while also offering antioxidant protection, as well as shea butter, which is known for its rich, emollient characteristics.

Because the lotion’s exfoliating chemicals remove dirt, debris, and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, the hydrating ingredients have an easier time getting deep into your pores and doing their job.

“If you’re looking to smooth your skin, you can use a high concentration of AHAs and be guaranteed to have smoother skin, but if you’re not providing support [from hydrating ingredients] as well, it will be compromised and more susceptible to damage,” Dendy Engleman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, previously told Well+Good.

“Even if your skin doesn’t need as much hydration this time of year as it does when it’s 20 below zero,” Engleman says, “you still need to hydrate and support your skin barrier in order to fortify it.”

To put it another way? A single application will give you smoother, moisturised skin.

For more intel on why it’s important to exfoliate all year long, check out the video below. 

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