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Keep it cool ✌

August 02, 2016

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s seriously hot outside. And it’s not cute. At all.

Without our summer skincare hacks, that is. Given that we eat, sleep, and breathe the stuff, we figured we’d share a few of our favorites:

- About to apply a little self tanner? Our Juju makes an incredible exfoliator for even application.

- Catch a little too much sun? Stash B-Hydra in the fridge. The chilled gel will cool and refresh instantly upon applying. And load up on the Umbra for next time!

- Speaking of Umbra… apply a little extra on the high points of your body for a little extra gleam & a contour-like effect.

- Love that pretty, dewy glow that's all over Instagram right now? Tap the tiniest bit of Marula on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and between your brows as a natural (and moisturizing!) highlighter.

- About to head out for a long (probably sweaty) day? Our Umbra makes the most incredible primer for make-up for coverage that lasts all day, with the added bonus of physical sun protection!

- Don't forget those lips! Our Lippe helps to hydrate and repairs the effects of UV exposure with Vitamin C and green tea leaf.


Suited Up

July 27, 2016

 

It's no secret that we love summer and all of the things that come with it—sun, sangria, extra helpings of SPF. But if there's one thing we really love, it's collecting fun swimsuits. Sure, trying them on can be a nightmare, but shopping for them online is hands down one of our guiltiest pleasures. And because we're always finding new designers, we figured it was only right that we share a few of our favorites.

 

 

Lisa Marie Fernandez: Think of LMF as the cool girl's swim label. A stylist herself, Fernandez works in bold colors and athletic elements for some of the edgiest swimwear around. Her classic black neoprene bikini and fun signature ruffled pieces are especially favorites.

 

 

Flagpole Swim: Flagpole's basically the new kid on the block. They make minimalist one and two pieces with cool cut-outs and an athletic feel. We love their signature patriotic shades and high-waisted bottoms, too.

 

 

Norma Kamali: The classic. This New York designer (who sports a signature jet black 'do and glasses at all times) has been become known for being an innovator in the swimwear space for years, and has been offered over-the-top suits before anyone else. We love her fun use of color and the way she plays with prints. Her signature one-piece's ruching and halter cut is ultra flattering to boot.

 

 

Zimmerman: We basically want everything from this Australian fashion and swim brand, but their suits really take the cake. From the prints to the unexpected fabrics they use, they're one of the most fashion-forward swim brands out there.

 

 

Mara Hoffman: Indulge your inner hippie this summer with Mara Hoffman's signature prints and super-bright hues. We love that she has sexier two pieces with fresh feeling details and cuts, but makes the most incredible one pieces, too.


What the pH?

July 06, 2016

Think of the key to perfect skin as a balancing act. Literally.

Your skin's pH balance is probably one of those things you've heard a whole lot of buzz about, but never knew exactly what it... well, really meant. Don't feel bad! You're not alone. In fact, we're willing to bet even the biggest skincare junkies could stand to learn a thing or two about pH balances and how they effect our skin. Read on!

It basically goes a little something like this: it all starts with your acid mantle. Your acid mantle is made up of amino and lactic acids, plus sebum, also known as fatty free acids. The acid mantle just so happens to protect skin from environmental factors that lead to aging and all-around irritation. The acid mantle creates your skin's pH. The pH scale measures the concentration of hydrogen from 1 to 14. Anything over 7 is alkaline, which in this case is not a good thing: if your skin is on this side of the scale, it's probably dry and prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Skin that's too acidic, on the other hand, will appear oilier, irritate easily and is breakout-prone. In an ideal world, your skin's pH should be at around 5.5—that's slightly on the acidic side (just enough oil so that you maintain a nice glow). See?

We know a balanced pH means everything to your skin—which is why we publish it on all of our products. We formulate every DE product with skin's pH in mind. AHA, BHA and Vitamin C serums are especially tricky to formulate for that sweet spot. If they fall below it, they'll irritate and sensitize your skin; but if they fall above, they just don't work. The ideal pH for AHAs to function without causing undue irritation is 3 - 4; for Vitamin C, between 3 and 3.5 will do the trick.

Cleansers are another common culprit of pH abuse, since most are formulated to be incredibly drying and strip the skin of the oils your acid mantle needs to maintain acidity. Anything above 7 should be avoided. Our Pekee and Juju bars are right on target, coming in at 6.51 and 6.34 respectively— allowing just enough surface tension. In other words? You'll never be left wondering, 'what the pH?!' again.


It's getting hot out there.

June 29, 2016

 

We all know SPF is a must-have year-around, right? 

But, as the temperature rises and our bathing suits take front stage in our wardrobe, we start to pay even more attention to the sunscreen we’re using.

Our favorite? (fine…we’re biased but with good reason)…Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30.

We love Umbra for so many reasons…here’s just a few:  

✓  This physical formula (hello, zinc!) delivers powerful UV protection and anti-aging benefits (no chemical screens allowed)

✓  Suitable for all skin tones and leaves your complexion glowing (and no white cast!)

✓  Loaded with antioxidants to ward off free radicals that may cause UV damage and photoaging

✓  Infused with raspberry seed oil and marula oil for intense moisture without any residue or greasiness

✓  The clean, non-toxic formula can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or serum (don’t worry, it won’t dilute the efficacy)

✓  It’s the perfect base for make-up (so skip your primer and let your skin breath in the summer heat!)

✓  Our gentle formula is ideal for all skin types, and great for sensitive skin


Your Guide to the Ultimate Summer Smoothie Bowl

June 08, 2016

Summer is (just about!) officially here, and with it comes an almost non-stop parade of warm weather treats to tempt us.
Flag cake? Barbecues? Poolside margaritas? Yep, count us in for all of the above... and then some. While those are a few of our favorite (occasional, mind you!) indulgences that pop up as soon as the temperatures begin to soar, they usually make it all too easy to quickly forget about anything green... and good for you. We don't know about you, but for us, that means that our usual kale salads and green smoothies are usually the first victims. Luckily, there's an incredibly easy (and Instagram-worthy) to still get in your 5-to-8 a day that will satisfy pretty much any sweet tooth, too: smoothie bowls! With endless ingredient combinations, they're fun to make, refreshing in the warm weather, and an easy way to sneak in a hefty serving (and then some) of the sort of leafy greens your body (and skin!) loves and needs. Get blending... and show us your creations on Instagram @drunkelephantskincare!

1. Begin with a thickening protein base. This could be anything from tofu to nut butter (almond's our favorite, and nowadays you can find it at almost any grocery store), Greek yogurt, coconut yogurt, or even chia seeds, which thicken up after being soaked in liquid for a little while. Another easy cheat? Acai packs! You can find them in the frozen aisle.

2. Add in a little liquid: 1/3 to 1/4 of a cup of almond, hemp or coconut milk, coconut water, veggie or fruit juice.

3. Add a cup of fruit to thicken (and sweeten!): apple, frozen bananas, berries, peaches. Bonus if it's already frozen! Avocado is another unexpected addition that will make the whole thing incredibly creamy

4. And now for the healthy part: add a handful or two of your favorite green. Kale, spinach, chard, romaine lettuce... The list goes on.

5. And finally? The prettiest part. Add a tablespoon or so of your favorite smoothie add-ons: a little handful of fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, granola, muesli, dark chocolate chips, bee pollen, cacao powder... From there, you can arrange your toppings in any way you like: we suggest starting with circles around the bowl, or a line down the middle, for the most aesthetically-pleasing effect. That said? Get creative!

New Workout Gear We Love Right Now

May 18, 2016

It's a fact of life: working out is just that much easier when you have cute exercise gear waiting for you in your closet. And because the same old pair of stretched out, faded black leggings and baggy tees can get old (fast!) we figured there's no better time than spring to experiment with new workout wear and athleisure (it's officially a 'thing'!) brands. From sleek and refined monochrome picks to the type of fun, all-over-print numbers that actually get you excited to hit the treadmill, meet a few of our favorites.
Alala is the type of workout wear you can wear far beyond the walls of Equinox––just throw on a stylish leather jacket and you're good to go. We love them for their colors, bright prints and cool cuts.
Varley is for the cool girl in spin class. Their pieces play with sheer panelling, cut outs, color blocking and embellishments, usually in a cool print or unexpected hue.
Outdoor Voices is for your inner minimalist––or at least, the athleisure line you could actually get away with wearing to their office. They specialize in sleek, ultra-wearable pieces that are heavy on color play and high-performance materials. We're suckers for their leggings and crop tops.
Live the Process is ultra-feminine, with an emphasis on tailoring, sexy cuts and again, fun prints. Perfect for that dance class you've been dying to drag your girlfriends to (before grabbing a much-deserved glass of wine first, of course).
Less so a label and more a one-stop-shop, Bandier offers a selection of the best of the best in cool workout gear that works outside the gym, too. Hit them up regularly for upcoming designers and under-
the-radar gems.
Arguably the most design-minded of the bunch, Lucas Hugh mixes clean, sharp cuts and silhouettes with punchy colors and unexpected pattern play. We love his fun sports bras. 

Serious Skin Foods.

April 29, 2016

 

Let’s talk diet. No, we're not about to tell you to go on some trendy cleanse or crazy delivery system: we're specifically talking skin health. We all know (hopefully?) by now that yes, there is a direct correlation between what you put into your body, and how it comes out (sometimes literally) through your skin. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite, antioxidant-heavy, skin-happy foods (it's not all greens, either... did somebody say chocolate?). Read on and happy snacking!

 

1. Cocoa

How's that for a welcome addition to the list? Turns out cocoa is a natural hydrator, and does double duty by making your skin more supple and smooth, due to its natural caffeine content. Most dermatologists recommend eating a chocolate with at least 70% natural cocoa to get the full benefits. Consider it done!

 

2. Greek Yogurt

Surprise, surprise! This healthy staple is great for your skin, too. Any protein-heavy yogurt, such as Greek yogurt, helps to firm up and maintain skin elasticity. Eat at least a single serving a day, and you’ll be thanking yourself.

 

3. Sunflower Seeds

They're not just a pretty flower! Sunflower seeds are loaded with Vitamin E, which protects your skin from the sun, as well as keeping it more firm and healthy. A pretty good excuse to sneak in a handful if you ask us!

4. Blueberries

Yup: it's the old standby for antioxidant power in any diet. Let's put it this way: it benefits your skin by helping break down free radicals, working to help decelerate the aging process.

 

5. Olive Oil

Real talk: Ancient Romans used it both for and on pretty much everything, and the Greeks basically live forever because their diet is heavy on it (the Mediterranean Diet had its phase for a reason!). But did you know it’s also a free radical butt-kicking powerhouse that can rejuvenate your skin? It’s true. Due to its high concentration of Omega 3, it helps keep your skin youthful. A good excuse to indulge in a little (brown rice!) pasta, right?


6. Tomatoes

Seldomly discussed in skincare, tomatoes are actually loaded with skin protecting properties. Since they're high in antioxidant lycopene, it’s a natural way to increase your skin’s SPF (which you can then you can top off with our Umbra!).


7. Green Tea

It should come as no surprise that Green Tea is skin empowering. The tea is loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants, which help to boost blood flow to your skin, while also delivering nutrients keeping your complexion healthy.


8. Kale

Yes, the trendy plant that does it all actually does quite well for your skin. It’s antioxidants destroy free radicals, and it’s also loaded with skin-strengthening Vitamin A and C.


9. Coffee

Did you know your daily latte addiction is actually doing yourself a favor? Research has shown that coffee can actually lower your chances of contracting skin cancer. Keep the grande’s coming, we say.


10. Red Wine

We know you’re shocked that that weekend you can barely remember did a number on your skin (in a good way!). Drinking even half a glass of wine a day can reduce inflammation, and deliver rich antioxidants to help combat free radicals. We’ll drink to that (it's in our name, after all).