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The Cream That Saves Steph's Face After Intense Exfoliation

Don't let its cutesy name fool you — this is a legit moisturizer.
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, $68, available here.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, $68, available here.

When Sephora superstar skin-care brand Drunk Elephant's newest launch, Protini Polypeptide Cream, first came across my desk, I was unsure what, exactly, the point of it was. The thing is, Drunk Elephant already has a pretty solid lineup of moisturizers (B-Hydra is a lightweight hydrating gel, while the Lala Retro has the category of rich cream covered). But Protini takes it a step further, with a mix of peptides (fragments of proteins, made up of amino acids) to help bolster the skin and improve its elasticity, so it's kind of like a supercharged face cream. In other words, don't let its cutesy name fool you.

As a borderline exfoliation addict, I have to be extra-careful to protect my skin's moisture barrier, and that's exactly what this thick-but-not-greasy cream accomplishes. After going to town with an acid treatment or mask — Paula's Choice BHA, Glossier Solution and Drunk Elephant's own Babyfacial are among my favorites — I'll make sure to follow it up with a replenishing hyaluronic acid serum (like NIOD's Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex), a soothing niacinamide product to calm any redness (I like the Paula's Choice 10% Booster) and then, finally, Protini. My skin feels instantly coddled and protected, like it's been wrapped in a snug little security blanket/forcefield against the elements. In the winter months, when dry air, harsh heating systems and blustery wind can feel like an all-out attack on skin, this is a particularly excellent skin-care routine addition.

I'm also obsessed with the fact that though it's a dense cream packaged in a jar, it has an airless pump dispenser — I love an airless pump! — to keep the ingredients fresh and the formula hygienic, since you're not forced to repeatedly dip your fingers into the pot. 

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Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, $68, available here.

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