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The Exfoliating Treatment That Saved Stephanie's Post-NYFW Skin

See ya, patchiness and flakes.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80, available at 

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80, available at

Coming out of New York Fashion Week, my skin is pretty much always at its worst. Lack of sleep, combined with excessive sugar consumption and stress — not to mention this season's cold snap and insane, complexion-punishing winds — left my face dull, blotchy, parched and all-around sad. So, over the weekend, it was time to go into rehab mode. I reached for this exfoliating treatment from Drunk Elephant, which I'd been meaning to try for a while now, and let me tell you: I wish I had sooner, because it's so freaking good.

Drunk Elephant is revered by natural beauty obsessives because it's a green beauty brand that actually works (and also happens to be plenty chic). When this peel, the company's latest hotly anticipated launch, landed on my desk, I was immediately drawn in by its Tumblr pink packaging (stereotypical millennial woman, party of one!). Then, because I'm a beauty editor, I immediately flipped over the box to examine the ingredient list. And I was even more sold. The slightly gritty cream includes a cocktail of different acids (glycolic, tartaric, lactic, citric and salicylic) for some serious exfoliating and pore de-gunking, while matcha and pumpkin extract provide a bit of protection. Smooth it over clean, dry skin and then let it sit for 20 minutes while things get tingly, then rinse it away. After just one treatment, my previously haggard complexion was markedly brighter, way softer and primed to absorb lots and lots of moisture from the arsenal of serums and creams I had waiting at the ready. Suffice it to say, this stuff has earned itself a permanent spot in my skin-care rotation.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, $80, available at

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