drunk elephant | b hydra intensive hydration gel

drunk elephant b hydra intensive hydration gel

While it’s the perfect lightweight moisturizer for sweaty summer days, Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel has earned a permanent spot in my everyday, year-round skincare routine.

drunk elephant b hydra intensive hydration gel

{I purchased a bottle of Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel. It costs $52 for a 1.69-ounce plastic pump bottle.}

Perfect on its own and even better blended with your favorite cream or oil, Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel replenishes your skin with moisture without feeling heavy or sticky.

It’s also fragrance-free (like, of natural and synthetic fragrances), making it ideal for fussy skin.

With just one pump from the super hygienic packaging, Drunk Elephant delivers superior, even moisture in a very layer-able texture.

Use it alone if you’re super oily or sweaty, or combine it with another lightweight cream to get the ultimate dose of hydration and moisture.

Drunk Elephant B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

I bought this gel two months ago during a very trying time in my skin’s health. Determined to use lighter, more humectant products (versus heavier oils that my skin has become a bit annoyed with), I scored a tiny sample from my local Sephora to test.

My goal was to introduce a water-based gel into my skincare in order to let my skin “breathe” a little more while it healed from very angry, inflamed breakouts along my jawline.

Goal completed.

Used in conjunction with oil-free creams or high-linoleic acid single oils, Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel helped my skin look more radiant and bright as I healed from the massive breakouts.

That’s likely thanks to its wonderfully chosen blend of ingredients. Pineapple, bearberry, watermelon, and apple extracts deliver protective antioxidants. Vitamin B5 allows the skin to better retain moisture, leading to that radiant, supple look we crave.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract,Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cyclodextrin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

To be clear, I’m not saying the Drunk Elephant’s B Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel was the reason for my breakouts healing.

(That’s for another really long blog post to come).

This wonderful gel, however, was an important first step to weening my skin off of heavier products that were likely clogging my pores.

For someone with an arsenal of wonderful skincare, nearly 98% of it is oil-based. And that was exactly what was irritating my skin.

My pores were craving something lighter — something water-based — to get back into a calm state. Drunk Elephant to the rescue!

So this is my plea to the entire clean beauty industry: Can we see some more water-based, oil-free, fragrance-free moisturizers? Have I been missing them all along because of my obsession with oils?

As I slowly begin to add face oils back into my routine, they have a new standard they have to meet: compatibility with my Drunk Elephant gel. Another one for the repurchase and recommend list.

What clean oil-free moisturizers do you use? Has your skin had any odd reactions to plant oils? What are your skincare staples? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Jennifer L

    I’ve been using cleaner face products for a few years now and have been using oil on my face for maybe 2, or 3 years, and this summer, my face also started freaking out. I could not figure out what the problem was because I was using the same products as I always have. So I started looking online and actually came across Osmia Organics. I don’t have perioral dermatitis, but the black clay facial soap, the active gel toner (Feels more like a hydrating gel), and the purely simple face cream have really saved my face. To be honest, I have never been the kind that would use the same 3 products every day, but they really, really have saved my skin. One thing I found out was to not use an oil to clean my face every day (During the day time, I wear sunscreen and very light mineral make-up on my face) because the oil would clean your face a little too well. So it was hard for me (I’ve been using the One Love Organics Vitamin B oil for years), but I actually stopped oil cleansing unless if I was wearing heavy make-up. Ever since I simplified my routine, my face is not as red and angry as before (I have actually forgotten how my normal skin looks like). If you are looking for other products to try, I would recommend OO!

    • Big fan of Osmia. The Black Clay Facial Soap was wonderful for my acne-prone skin. I haven’t tried the toner or face cream, but have definitely considered them more than once! I have used oil on my face for nearly a decade, but have been growing sensitive to some. Ch-ch-ch-changes! But at least we have recognized them?! I am with you on being selective about oil cleansing. Lately, I have been wearing very little makeup and foundation (woooohooo!), so I can get away with a micellar water and gel face wash. It’s a very liberating experience! I still use oils to remove makeup when I am wearing heavy SPF and foundation, and follow it with a deep cleanser. I am more reserved about wearing daily oils or overnight oils. My bet right now is to use oil-free creams / gels at night and oils during the day. It’s one big experiment! Thanks for sharing your story <3

  • Rachel

    I have also recently been looking for non-oil based moisturizers. Seems like my acne-prone skin wants something more breathable, especially for summer. And I am generally quite careful with the kinds of oils I use. I am a big fan of Moss Skincare Healing Dew. I believe she is also planning to come out with another non-oil moisturizer soon. Stark skincare also has the lovely EV serum. I’m curious about this Drunk Elephant.

    • I have been wanting to try Moss, but the Dew is always sold out! Drunk Elephant is so nice because of its accessibility and reasonable price point. Definitely get a sample from Sephora!

      • Rachel

        It’s always sold out because it’s so awesome! I know you can get it from a few other places. I have also gotten Moss samples from Seed to Serum. Miss is one of my absolute favorite lines for acne-prone skin.

  • hazyjane

    Mukti Organics’ aloe vera moisturizer (which is a gel) might be worth looking into. I’ve really liked the Mukti products I’ve tried- they’re packed with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients. Their Age Defiance night serum magically cleared my perpetually clogged pores when nothing else has. I wish it wasn’t so pricey, though!

  • misha

    Im 24 can i use this as it has anti aging properties?

    • Of course you can use it! It’s all about making sure the texture is the right fit for your skin type. It’s never too early to take preventative care for your skin. Good luck!

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