Drunk Elephant founder, Tiffany Masterson, on how she deals with rosacea, pores, and breakouts

Drunk Elephant founder, Tiffany Masterson, on how she deals with rosacea, pores, and breakouts

Bare skin bible

Text: Emily Heng

Bare skin bible details how notable figures from the beauty industry get that healthy glow to their mien. From the products in their arsenal to skincare secrets, we get them to dish the dirt.

The lowdown on her complexion

Before I started Drunk Elephant, I had all sorts of skin concerns — I was breakout prone with mild rosacea and visible pores. Eliminating the Suspicious Six made all the difference for me and now my skin is clear, healthy and balanced. I don't remember the last time I had a breakout. As a result, I don't really believe in most of the skin "types" we commonly hear about. I know that truly sensitive, oily and dry skins exist, but I don't believe that they require or need very different treatment. I believe that the skin types (or as I say "ingredient-induced skin behaviors") we hear about all the time (sensitive, acne-prone, combination, etc.) are, more often than not, just created by the ingredients we are using on a daily basis.


The 'Suspicious Six' she avoids in her skincare

The 6 categories I avoid in my formulations are: Essential Oils, Silicones, Drying Alcohols, SLS, Chemical Sunscreens and Fragrances/Dyes. One or more of them can be found in some combination in almost every skincare product on the market today. I believe skin is skin and that it all has the same basic function, with the acid mantle playing the most critical role. My goal with Drunk Elephant is to respect the function of skin and only feed it ingredients it can get along with or is biocompatible with.

Obviously, I'm not claiming that my philosophy can fix skin that has been diagnosed with a medical condition, but eliminating potentially problematic ingredients is always worth a shot no matter what someone is dealing with.


What goes on her moneymaker

1. Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water

Some things to note before I get into the nitty gritty of my routine: I'm typically working on new formulations, so I'm always rotating different things in and out of my routine. If I develop something and fall in love, I'll use it exclusively until I know it's something I can't live without. I never cleanse my face in the morning and I apply my skincare products right when I get out of the shower.

I think of my product blends as "smoothies." Much like you choose ingredients for your daily smoothie based on your body's cravings, pick products for a.m. and p.m. smoothies based on how your skin feels. Listen to your skin, it doesn't always need the same thing. Our products are silicone-free + biocompatible with skin, so they mix easily together and are highly absorbable (except for the zinc in our Umbras, which will always form a protective barrier on top). You can mix any of our serums, creams or oils together in the palm of your and apply them all at the same time.

As of late, I wake up and like to gently wipe a soft damp cloth over my eyes, with a bit of E-Rase Milki Micellar Water just to refresh.


2. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil

I go straight in with my Marula Oil or sometimes the Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial to wake my skin up. I am a firm believer that cleansing in the morning — or even more than once a day — is a mistake for our skin and its acid mantle.


3. Drunk Elephant Skin Smoothie

Once I've been up for a while, I like to apply a mixture to my skin. I swirl it all up in the palm of my hand. Right now, the blend comprises the Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, A-Passioni Retinol Cream, and the Lala Whipped Cream. I follow that up with Umbra Tinte.


4. Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser

At night, I cleanse with Slaai Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser — or the Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, though it really depends on whether or not I'm wearing heavy eye makeup.


5. Drunk Elephant Skin Smoothie

At night, I opt for a different blend. I prefer to apply a mixture of the Marula Oil, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and a bit of Protini Polypeptide Cream. I tend to adjust based on what I feel like my skin needs on any given day.


6. Drunk Elephant C-Tango Eye Cream

Last step: I dab a little C-Tango Eye Cream on my eyes and go to bed.