Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum

Drunk Elephant just launched their new Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum and I am excited to share my thoughts on this product with you. As you all know I frequently us the Protini Polypeptide Cream which strengthens and moisturizes your skin, when I received the serum I initially thought it would do the same but it’s designed to strengthen and resurface your skin.

What you should know:
*While it’s fun to make skincare cocktails with your Drunk Elephant products, you should not combine the Protini Power Peptide Resurf Serum with T.L.C. Franboos or Baby facial, in fact you should not used those products on the same day. These products each provide a gentle chemical exfoliation and when combined it can become too powerful and less gentle.

For this product I did not break down every ingredient because the list is just so long but I explained the first few ingredients as those at the ones in highest concentration. If you want me to explain the other ingredients, please let me know in the comments section below.

Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum $82:

Ingredients and what you need to know about each ingredient:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Drunk Elephant uses highly pure deionized water, which means it has had all its mineral and metal ions removed.

*Glycerin pulls moisture into the outer layer of your skin cells but glycerin also pulls in dust and pollution. If you are using skincare with glycerin, it’s important that your skincare routine includes a deep pore cleanser.

Lactic Acid (10%): is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that exfoliates the skin by dissolving the bonds that hold dead cells together.

Dicaprylyl Carbonate makes skin softer and smoother which allows for your skincare to spread better on your skin.

Squalane in skincare can reduce wrinkles, eliminate scars, reverse UV damage, lighten freckles and erase skin pigmentation, all while fighting free radicals.

**Sodium Hydroxide (lye) is highly alkaline and used to to establish and hold the pH of a product, and for this purpose is is used in many skincare product, HOWEVER, it is a know irritant. I recommend that you avoid skincare with this ingredient if you have sensitive skin.

Glycine Max (Soybean) Seed Extract, the large proteins in this extract smoothes your skin. Also know to have reduce pigmentation and have anti-aging properties.

Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil is high in Palmitic and Omega-6 Linoleic fatty acids and is a good moisturizer.

Sodium PCA like hyaluronic acid hydrates and improves the looks of dull skin.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride smooths skin, acts as an anti oxidant. It also bind ingredients together and acts as a preservative.

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, is a very light oil that is great for inflammatory skin conditions likeeczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea

Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharidepotent is high in anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects! It naturally brightens skin, reduce the appearance of dark spots and evens skin tone.

Tocotrienols, support the cell health. Healthy skin starts with health skin cells.

The following are the patented polypeptides, there is limited data on these ingredients.
**Sh-Oligopeptide-1 synthetic peptide composed of three amino acids, which are glycine, histidine and lysine. It is similar to the epidermal growth structure and increases cell renewal.

* *Sh-Oligopeptide-2 aids in skin conditioning

**Sh-Polypeptide-1 stimulates the synthesis of collagen.

**Sh-Polypeptide-9 supplies fibroblast cells with nutrients needed to grow and produce collagen.

**Sh-Polypeptide-11 stimulates skin regeneration, wound healing and collagen and elastin synthesis.

**Copper Palmitoyl Heptapeptide-14 it can target the matrix proteins: elastin, proteoglycans, laminin, fibronectin and collagens!

**Heptapeptide-15 Palmitate, Hydrates and softens your skin.

**Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 promotes the formation of collagen and elastin fibres which in turn improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

*Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 is a synthetic fatty acid that can help repair damaged skin.

* Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38 regulates cell activity, tissue repair and collagen tissue remodeling.

*Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 is a synthetic amino peptide that stimulates collagen, elastin and glucosaminoglycans production!

*Tripeptide-1  is a synthetic signal peptide known to work with copper in skin deterioration caused by age and sun exposure.

Pyrus Malus(Apple) Fruit Extract is a great source of polyphenolic antioxidants and works to thicken products.

Propanediol helps your skin retain moisture and softens your skin.

Sodium Hyaluronate boost hydration and reduces dryness/ flaking.

Panthenol reduces irritation and speeds up skin healing.

Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, a polymer of Hyaluronic Acid which remains in the skin’s uppermost layer keeping it hydrated.

Sodium Lactate, replenishes moisture.


Alanine balances the moisture levels in your skin.

Arginine protects against free radicals, boosts hydration and increases collagen production.

Glycine repairs damage tissue and may help with wrinkles.

Histidine isrich in antioxidants and soothes the skin.

Isoleucine protects/ repairs the skin barrier

Phenylalanine helps with protein production.

Proline, Serine, Threonine, Valine, Adenosine,Nymphaea Alba Root Extract, Bacillus/Folic AcidFerment Filtrate Extract, Symphytum Officinale CallusCulture Extract, Dextran, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil,Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Butylene Glycol, AcetylGlutamine, Coconut Alkanes,Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Pentylene Glycol, Isomalt,Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Aspartic Acid,Phytosphingosine, Phospholipids, Glycine Soja(Soybean) Sterols, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid/Glycolic Acid Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol,Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, HydroxypropylCyclodextrin, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol,Phenylpropanol, Chlorphenesin, Carbomer, GlycerylCaprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin

This list was taken from Drunk Elephant’s website. I marked some ingredients with * or ** because I’m not sure how safe or beneficial it is for your us to skincare with those ingredients depending on your skin type.

After reading about the ingredients in this product, how do you feel about using it?

Stay glowing,


18 thoughts on “Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurf Serum

  1. I’ve never tried their products, lots of good information! I have sensitive skin, so very informative. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I love how you broke down every detail while giving your honest opinion on this Product. Awesome Review. Right now, I would say I am quite indecisive about using the serum but I think I would be trying some other products from the Drunk Elephant


  3. Thank you for the review. At the moment I don’t think I would use this product since I have mature, dry and sensitive skin. I’m sure it’s a good serum, but I have to pay attention not only to what I use but also to potentially damaging mixes between different skincare products. Learning to read the ingredients or honest reviews is vital, we can avoid losing hard gained improvement in our overall skin health, not to mention repairing the damage caused by harsh ingredients.


  4. I wouldn’t use it (unless it was gifted to me then i would edit it and post my honest thoughts) just for the simple fact that it costs over $80! For ONE product?! Not this girl! Anyway, I love peptides. Good article.


    1. 🤣🤣🤣 they products are pricey. There are some clean brands out there that are less expensive. Sumbody Skincare just posted on instagram that they will be having a mega sale soon


  5. Great detailed review. I’ve been really educating myself ab ingredients in skincare and been kinda leaning toward less ingredients in my skincare products but some brands know how to use and formulate/harvest the ingredients properly, so only the good parts are what affects your skin…doe that make sense? A lot of people see things like coconut oil and run! It all depends on the quality of the product


    1. I also prefer short ingredients lists, it makes it harder to hide scilicones in them Yes, when the ingredients are mixed together their chemical structure are changed but it’s also good to know especially if you have sensitive skin, this way you can look are what irritants are common in different products that you use to know what to avoid.


  6. Thank you so much for sharing your detailed review. It is really informative and useful. DE product is amazing and makes me wanna try it


  7. I always check reviews when decide to bought skincare also the ingredients. My skin also sensitive and thank you love for sharing such a great information 💖


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