3 Products that Transformed My Skin in a Week

July 31, 2017
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Summer is always tough for oily-prone skin (or any type of skin for that matter really). Hot, humid (especially in NYC) weather mixed with sweat does not make a great combination. In addition to this, lately I had been suffering from deep, closed comedones and blemish scarring in addition to dullness. I tried clay masks, both chemical and physical exfoliators, and various types of serums. At the end of the day though, these three products won out and transformed my skin in just a week. Blemish scarring, enlarged pores, dull skin- they are all a thing of the past. Read on for my best skincare discovery yet!

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First up is the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial. Until I tried a sample of this product from Sephora, I had clung to Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate as my go-to chemical exfoliator. Don’t get me wrong- I still love it, but this one from Drunk Elephant is by far the strongest I’ve ever used with 25% AHA and 2% BHA. This is as professional-strength as you can get.

Upon application, the first few minutes were definitely painful as many others have attested. I wouldn’t consider my skin sensitive by any means, so be warned! The stinging did subside after about 5 minutes however, and subsequent applications definitely did not hurt as much, if at all. After leaving it on for the recommended 20 minutes (okay, I may have left it on for a bit longer), I washed it off to find my skin looking slightly reddish and dull. No, the magic did not happen immediately after the mask. The transformation happened in the coming few days.

Over the week, I noticed dead skin rolling off my face every time I washed it. A gentle massage from my finger tips was all it took for light physical exfoliation. And the more I washed and rubbed (keyword being gently), my face became clearer and more luminous.

The magic of the Sukari Babyfacial is this: the strong AHA concentration combined with 2% BHA (aka salicylic acid), which works deeper into the pores, make for the ideal combination to effectively dissolve protein linkage and break bonds between dead and newer skin cells.

As I mentioned above, I did need some extra exfoliation to physically shed the dead skin cells. But once the bad layer was gone, all that remained was luminous clear skin by the end of the week. There was also little need for physical exfoliation after the first week as the mask was so effective in cleaning the slate the first time around. After usage, even the most stubborn pores were noticeably smaller, and even more remarkably, blemish scars that were bright red by the beginning of the week were nearly faded come Friday.

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To aid the exfoliation kick-started by the Babyfacial, I supplemented my regimen with Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask on the following nights. Those who watch my Instagram Stories or follow my IG feed may have already seen me mentioning this mask. This is by far the BEST scented skincare product I’ve ever used.

Not only does it smell great (true to its description, a lightly sweet watermelon scent, reminiscent of a Jolly Rancher), but it sets amazingly as well. Unlike other sleeping masks that leave a sticky layer, this one absorbs like a regular moisturizer yet works to gently exfoliate your skin overnight. When I woke up, my skin was noticeably clearer and more translucent.  Finally, because this overnight mask is so gentle, I used it nearly every night and had no irritation whatsoever.

A side note on the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: I am completely smitten by the gorgeous packaging. This is one of those products you display proudly at the forefront of your vanity because it is just so darn pretty. It also means I reach for it more often than any other mask!

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The final step to my skin transformation was topping it all off with SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask. I’ve mentioned their B5 Hydrating Gel in the past, and to be honest, their products have never let me down.

Because the Babyfacial exfoliator was so strong, my skin did dry out a little and needed an extra boost of hydration. Adding the B5 mask as the final step in my nightly skincare regimen sealed in every previous layer and effectively restored moisture to my skin. The combination of B5 Vitamins, which aid in repairing your skin’s moisture barrier, and Hyaluronic Acid (do I even need to explain this anymore for all you beauty buffs?) pack a powerful punch.

The following morning after applying it, I looked in the mirror and actually did a double take. My skin looked significantly plumper as if I had gotten fillers. Yes, it looked THAT good.

Normal directions call for applying a thin layer, letting it set for 10-15 minutes, then massaging the rest into your face as you would a moisturizer. I’ve found that this is difficult to use in the mornings, because even after massaging it in, my face feels rather sticky. Thus using it at night is highly encouraged! Furthermore because my skin needed an extra boost, I used a thicker layer and let it set overnight without massaging it in. Overall it was very mess-free and, despite how viscous it is, didn’t cause any clogged pores.

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At the end of the week, even the hubbie noticed the marked change in my skin tone & clarity and asked if I had been doing something different. Red blemishes from acne scarring were nearly gone and stubborn oversized pores on my T-zone were nearly nonexistent.

If nothing else, remember these three steps:

Drunk Elephant
Sukari Babyfacial
(Use 2-3 times a week)

Glow Recipe
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
(Use nightly if desired)

Hydrating  B5 Masque
(Use nightly if desired)

Have you tried any of these three products, and if so, what did you like about them? Which one would you most like to try? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!

Signature xo Soo

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  • Reply Gina Diaz July 31, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    These brands and products look very amazing. By reading your review, they really work wonders. Right now I’m not using anything for my face. Would love to give it a try. Will be checking these on weekend. I think I would love to buy the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial. Thanks for sharing an amazing review.

    xx. Gina

  • Reply Tandya July 31, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing these three skincare products. My skin is all over the place this Summer and I need all of the help I can get. I have really oily skin, so I can relate. I have never tried a chemical exfoliator, but it sounds like it might help minimize my pores and get rid of excess dead skin. Does it contain Benzoyl as well? I will definitely have to use the Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial with the sleeping mask.

    Thanks again for the tips!

  • Reply Britta August 1, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Soo! I have always thought you had great skin and now I know why!
    These products sounds so amazing and I have to figure out if I can get them in Denmark!
    It has been so humid this summer so definitely need a miracle to save my skin!
    I am so happy that I have read your review beforehand because if I had tried the Drunk elephant baby facial and not knowing it would hurt just a little I would have panicked lol!

  • Reply Christine Kong August 1, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I am such a skincare freak and I love this post. I literally was hanging onto every single word. I am definitely getting all three products asap! I actually use ExfoliKate as well and still notice that some spots haven’t dissipated so I am so excited to try this Drunk Elephant Baby Facial. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this brand. I have tried sleeping masks in the past too and I hate the stickiness of them so it’s great to know that the watermelon one does not feel sticky. So…do you layer the Hydrating B5 mask on top of the watermelon sleeping mask or do you alternate? I can’t wait to try these new goodies, thank you! xoxo, Christine

  • Reply Valeria August 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for your precious suggestions! I need to try this trio, especially the chemical peel. Love, Valeria

  • Reply manda August 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial looks lovely but sounds a bit intense! I recently did a face mask that wasn’t half as intense as what this sounds and I only got about 10 minutes in. However, it worked wonders and I’m all for pushing through the pain if it really works!

    Like you, I am truly smitten by the Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask packaging! I saw this on IG today and was head over heels ready to try this one! I usually don’t care for too much scent but the light watermelon smell sounds lovely and I adore that it’s hydrating while not feeling like you have a layer on your face afterward!

    SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask, all I have to say is that’s being added to my shopping cart as we speak! I love when a product makes my face look youthful in a short period of time and that sounds exactly like what this did for you!

    Thank you for introducing me to some amazing brands that I’ve yet to try or hear of!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  • Reply Lana August 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Oh, I hate my skin during the summer time. It suppose to look better with all these sun and fresh air, but it is not! I bought so many skincare products but I can’t see a big difference still.
    I would like to try Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask you’ve mentioned. I love sleeping masks, because I like the idea that it helps and care about my skin while I’m sleeping, but most of them are so sticky and absorb not very well. Otherwise, your review is so promising that I have to go and buy it immediately! Thank you for your review 🙂


  • Reply Open Kloset August 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Dear,
    How you?
    I am in Love with Skincare products, love to try out new things:)
    The only thing That I have very sensitive skin so I have to try first out everything:)
    I never heard about these 3 products but The Watermelon Glow Mask sounds somInteresting, would Love to try:)
    You made Amazing and detailed review:)
    Wish you Amazing Day
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  • Reply Aimara August 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    OMG what is this Drunk Elephant Babyfacial and why have I never heard about it? My skin needs this ASAP! Also, thanks for describing the sensation after using each product, I would have definitely freaked out after applying the baby facial LOL
    The sleeping mask sounds amazing too and so does the hydrating mask! I think I might just copy your routine after I’m done with a few products I’m using right now, just to give it a shot!!
    Thanks for sharing! And PS, beautiful pics as usual 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline August 1, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Wow all of these sound so perfect! I really want to try that watermelon glow sleeping mask. It sounds so hydrating! Actually want to try all of them! Haha. But revally drawn to that watermelon mask. I have sensitive skin and feel like it will do very well. Thanks for the tips girl! I’ll let you know if I get around to buying it and what I think

  • Reply Helen Chik August 2, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Oooh I was suppose to go to the launch of Drunk Elephant in Mecca Cosmetica over here but missed out because I was travelling! I’ve heard its amazing though I’m a little nervous about masks that tingle because I don’t have sensitive skin either. The packaging for the glow mask really does look so pretty and so luxe!

    I’m going to need to revisit my skincare routine with the pregnancy and would love to try these xx

    Helen xx

  • Reply Michelle August 2, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Just tell me if all three of these are at Sephora because I need to head over to sample all of them ASAP. (I see you linked 2 out of 3). My skin has been a mess this summer. I’ve been trying too many products and the exfoliators are killing my sensitive skin. I have a bit of the opposite problem you do with a constant dryness which is driving me nuts. I’m not sure if it’s aging or the products I’m using but nothing seems to be working anymore. But you had me at watermelon Jolly Rancher LOL – that alone is incentive enough to try the sleeping mask 🙂

  • Reply Natalia k August 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

    First I’ve got to say your photography is always gorgeous,I saw this on your Ig and thought the packaging looked beautiful and better skin in 1 week who wouldn’t want that?!
    I’m skincare obsessed so I want to get onto these asap the Drunk elephant baby facial sounds hardcore but if glowing skin is the result I want it,and the watermelon glow sleeping mask sounds right up my alley as I hate waiting for masks to dry and sometimes avoid using them due to sheer laziness ha ha plus I love the scent of watermelon .I was sold when you said it looked like you had filler done after the hydrating B5 mask amazing ! I’ve had fillers and they look more plump when you get them then after awhile it’s not as fresh so this mask would not only be a cheaper alternative but a combo of both could provide amazing results.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Natalia k

  • Reply Eliza August 2, 2017 at 8:59 am

    You’re right, it’s very important to take care of your skin during the hot summer period. The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask sounds like an amazing product to try out. I also love the stunning packaging, it’s just too cute. SkinCeuticals has always been my lifesaver. I have a lot of their products and the Hydrating B5 Mask is one of my favourites. To be honest, I couldn’t imagine my life without their products anymore, haha.
    However, I’ve never heard of Drunk Elephant before, now I’m curious to try it out too. Great review!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  • Reply Aldora August 2, 2017 at 9:13 am

    OMG! I read so many positive feedback about the facial oils from Drunk Elephant… Now seeing them appear on your blog post affirms that their products really work! The pink packaging is so adorable ? I have sensitive combination skin & I live in a hot humid climate here. Salicylic Acid products usually break me out due to my sensitive skin – so I’d always opt for the natural herbal options and they work great on me too ? I will check out the other 2 products out.
    Thanks for sharing ?

  • Reply Jessie August 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Wow. They have transformed your skin within a week! that sounds amazing and I can’t wait to try them out myself, My skin has been so dry from all the tanning, and I can totally spot some fine lines on my face. I need those transforming products. The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask sounds amazing!!! Can’t believe it works its magic throughout the night for exfoliating. I’m so lazy when it comes to masks, cause I hate to wait around for that 15-20 mins. I just want to crash everytime I reach home. So a sleeping mask is perfect for me. I can just put it on before I go to bed.

    Thanks for the great suggestions babe.

    xx, Jessie

  • Reply Sheree August 2, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I have been dying to read this post on your product reviews. I spotted the Drunk Elephant Sakurai Baby Facial in Sephora earlier this week and have been dying to try it out. I like how through you are about every product, from the good and the not so good. I appreciate the honesty that it still leaves you with a stinging sensation on the face but you toughed it out. I am def going to buy this product now as well as the SkinCeuticals hydrating masque compliment the post facial care. Summer may be winding down, but I’ve def just started on getting a clearer skin.
    ~ xo Sheree

  • Reply zahra August 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Iv read many posts recommending Skin ceuticals hydrating but havnt really been persuaded to find out more about what it can do for my skin until now! ill defo be ordering this and checking out the Drunk elephant sakurai baby facial oils 🙂

    thanks for sharing!

  • Reply wanderlustts August 2, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    It’s true! I live in Toronto and I think it’s safe to say the weather conditions that affect our skin concerns are pretty similar! Don’t get me started about how dry our skin gets during the long winters ugh!
    I’ve tried so many mask before and although they work great at the moment – it really seems to be just that – in the moment. I think this is why i’m so impress with your review on the Drunk Elephant baby facial – It did what it should and that’s showing RESULTS, even if it’s not immediately. I have to say I’ve never tried a chemical exfoliant so I am a little scared since you mentioned the stinging..
    As for the sleeping mask, omg I’m right with you on the packaging, they really got it right!
    I think what sold me on the combination of the exfoliant, sleeping mask and hydrating gel was that you mentioned it looked like you got fillers, but simply through these natural products?! That’s the result i’m looking for AHH. Sounds too good to be true but theres no i trust more when it comes to reviewing beauty product so I gotta say this is something I’ll be looking into asap.


  • Reply Rachel Holliday August 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    I feel you! I live in tropical Australia and the humidity absolutely wreaks havoc on my skin! 25% AHA is really strong! I’ve only ever had products with this high a percentage from professional clinics. I would like to try this babyskin product, as it sounds like it works.

    The sleep mask also sounds like it did a great job exfoliating and making your skin more luminous! Sticky products are an absolute nightmare to use over night, so one that absorbs quickly is always welcome 🙂

    It’s so wonderful to hear that you got such great results after just one week of using this new skincare routine.

    Rachel xx

  • Reply Maryam August 2, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    These products all sound amazing. I have a similar skin type and I struggle to find good skin care. It’s funny because I was at Sephora the other day, looking for a good exfoliating mask and I saw the Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and first of all I was so impressed by the packaging, but I ended up getting a different one. Now that I know it works well, I am definitely going to get it.

    xx, Maryam

  • Reply Vanessa August 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Wow this is amazing. Honestly I can totally relate to this. Here in California the sun is piping hot every single day. That can be terribly bad for my skin so I love using any type of product that will help with that. I’m always looking for good skin products that will nourish and make my skin healthy. These ones sounds amazing, especially the hydrating b5 mask, seems fresh, which I love. thanks for sharing, I loved it!!

  • Reply Diana August 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    All the time traveling made my skin suffer. I have been looking for something stronger to clean my skin. Drunk Elephant Babyfacial sounds pretty good to me. Need to check if the ship overseas, it is quite hard to get certain products when you are on the move! I need to other products that you mention as well. Love your photography as well, they look so clean!

  • Reply manda August 11, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Summer is definitely tough on skin! I have combination skin so it can be tough to find just the right products. My skin is especially concerning, like you said, on hot humid days.
    Thanks for introducing me to Drunk Elephant Sukari Babyfacial. I usually go for the makeup samples at Sephora but maybe I should model you and try more skin care to find a gem like you did. I’ve never used a chemical exfoliator before. Interesting to learn about the 25% AHA and 2% BHA. Thank you for giving us a heads up that you don’t see the magic right away! I usually wait until the next morning to judge but it’s good to know in advance. I love that you mentioned about it being luminous! It truly makes me want to stick out the some what painful first mask to get those type of results! I didn’t know that salicylic acid works deeper into the pores. It seems much research has been done to create a product that works really well.
    Wonderful to learn that even the most stubborn pores were noticeably smaller.
    Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask packaging is so beautiful I completely agree! I missed your IG stories but it’s nice to know you use it to boost the effects of the baby facial. What a compliment you’ve given it to say it’s the best scented product you’ve used. Also good to know it absorbs like a moisturizer and exfoliates over night. Good to know you can use it every night.
    SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Mask seems to be one of your favorites! Good to know it restored the moisture in your skin. I love the combination of B5 vitamins you talked about. I didn’t know they aid in repairing your skins moisture barrier. I’ve never gotten fillers before but it’s wonderful to know that the products gives you the same look as fillers! What a great option for skin care that works to make you more youthful! Thanks for suggesting not using it in the morning too! You are so complete in your reviews!
    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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