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Product summary

"Drunk Elephant - Protini Polypeptide Cream" has a good moisturizing formula. As we expect from a proper moisturizer, the formula includes a combo of effective humectants and emollients. These are the two different types of ingredients that are essential for improving the skin hydration and supporting a healthy skin barrier. Humectants in this product (copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14, heptapeptide-15 palmitate, alanine, arginine and aspartic acid) help to increase the water content in the upper layer of the skin. (These ingredients do so by "capturing" water molecules from the outside air or from within the deeper layers of the skin). Emollients in this formulation (palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, linolenic acid, arginine and cetearyl alcohol) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.

Ingredient callouts

  • We like that this moisturizer contains peptides (sh-polypeptide-11 0.45% - 0.65%, sh-oligopeptide-1 0.50% - 0.75%, palmitoyl tripeptide-1 0.40% - 0.60%, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 0.45% - 0.65%, heptapeptide-15 palmitate 0.40% - 0.60% and copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14 0.45% - 0.65%). There are many different kind of peptides and they are naturally present in our skin. They all are a combination of amino-acids. Some of them work as natural anti-biotics, promote wound-healing and production of collagen. The science is still not settled on how effective peptides in skincare are, but it is very likely that they have a benefit. Peptides might help restore the skin barrier and fight the signs of aging. At the very least, peptides work as humectants: they attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improve its hydration.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains some common irritants, including those without a benefit for the skin. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be medium. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

About the brand

According to Cruelty-Free Kitty "Drunk Elephant" is cruelty free and so is its parent company.

Price

The product retails from 25.00CA$ up to 81.70CA$ in Canada, from 22.00$ up to 98.00$ in the United States, from 19.00£ up to 65.00£ in the United Kingdom and for 535.00HK$ in Hong Kong.

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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"It addresses the various signs of ageing by supporting the skin's natural collagen."
WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains heptapeptide-15 palmitate.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: aspartic acid, copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14, folic acid, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, serine, sh-oligopeptide-1, sh-polypeptide-11, threonine.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This velvety hydrating cream provides a robust defence against dryness, sun damage and fine lines."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: alanine, arginine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, linolenic acid.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: copper palmitoyl heptapeptide-14, heptapeptide-15 palmitate, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, sh-oligopeptide-1, sh-polypeptide-11

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-aging
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps products spread more easily and works as an emollient to soften skin
4.4% - 5.3%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4% - 4.9%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
2.6% - 3.1%
Helps oil and water mix together
2.3% - 2.8%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.9% - 2.4%
An emollient that helps to soften the skin. It has a high contetn of oleic acid that might weaken the skin barrier. Might have some anti-oxidant properties. It might be somewhat helpful against hyperpigmentation.
1.7% - 2.1%
1.4% - 1.7%
1.1% - 1.4%
Can help stimulate collagen production in skin. While available studies are promising, more research is needed to confirm the efficacy in skin
0.95% - 1.15%
Oil of a very fragrant pink rose used as fragrance in cosmetics. Extensive research has shown it has mixed benefits. In the pro column, inhaling this flower’s scent seems to have relaxing properties and the plant’s petals contain skin-soothing and antioxidant compounds that can benefit skin. On the flipside, the numerous chemicals that create this rose’s distinctive fragrance pose a risk of causing skin aggravation.
0.65% - 1%
A plant root extract that might help neutralize free radicals in skin
0.55% - 0.85%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.5% - 0.75%
0.45% - 0.7%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.45% - 0.65%
A synthetic peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Can help speed up wound healing
0.45% - 0.65%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.4% - 0.6%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.45% - 0.65%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.4% - 0.6%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might help to lighten the skin, but solid evidence is lacking
0.3% - 0.55%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help restore the skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino acid that can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin and support skin's barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.5%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. In combination with other amino-acids, might help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.25% - 0.45%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin without creating a greasy texture
0.25% - 0.5%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
An amino-acid that helps increase skin hydration and might help to slightly improve skin firmness, potentially reducing lines and wrinkles
0.25% - 0.45%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.35% - 0.65%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and calm down inflammation
0.3% - 0.6%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps improve the product texture
0.3% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.25% - 0.45%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.45%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.45%
A gelling agent that thickens the product consistency and leaves the skin with a velvety finish
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.35%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
Helps mask the smell of other ingredients and helps preserve the product formulation
0.15% - 0.3%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.2% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.2%

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