Can elephants get drunk? This philosophical question has tortured people since the beginning of time…or at least since the 70s when drunken elephants were first caught on film after indulging in fruit from the Marula tree. Since then videos of these drunken elephants have gone viral. As it turns out, the video footage that started the rumor was a scam; the person who filmed the elephants had soaked the fruit in alcohol. Although the truth has since been revealed, the rumor has persisted. I guess people just need something to believe in – and if you can’t believe in a drunken elephant, what can you believe in?
Unlike the elephants, I enjoy the occasional glass of wine. But drinking alcohol causes dehydration and robs the skin of essential nutrients, which can lead to premature aging. Contrary to popular belief, rather than mimicking the effects of alcohol, the Marula fruit counteracts them with anti-aging properties. The oil from the fruit prevents premature aging by neutralizing free radicals, promoting collagen generation, and providing antioxidant protection.
Fortunately, we don’t need to go all the way to Africa to find this oil, thanks to a company called Drunk Elephant. Named after the Marula myth, Drunk Elephant offers a line of products that contain Marula oil and non-toxic, effective ingredients that won’t irritate your skin. Here are three ways that this fantastic company is doing their part to help you Go Nayked:
1. Quality over quantity
Unlike most companies that encourage us to purchase as many of their products as possible, Drunk Elephant recommends “paring down your routine to a few clean, selective products”. Since their products are good for all skin types, they have created a simple line of products, making it easy to figure out which ones work best for you. You no longer need to figure out your skin type, because at Drunk Elephant, a cleanser is a cleanser –period.
2. If there’s any doubt, it’s out
Drunk Elephant has a black list of 27 different classes of toxins that they refuse to use in their products. If there is any indication that a toxin could have negative health effects then it’s added to the blacklist, regardless of whether it is natural or synthetic. They value efficacy as much as health – so in addition to removing all toxic products they only include those products that are proven to be effective.
3. Free from fragrance
I know that grapefruit scented facewash is tempting, it sure looks refreshing, but scented products contain essential oils that irritate the skin. I suffered from acne as a teenager and into my twenties; for me, the simple solution was using a non-fragrant face wash. So why not give fragrance free a try – does anyone really smell your face?
I don’t know about you, but this weekend I’m going to kick-back and enjoy a guilt free glass of wine, knowing that Drunk Elephant has my back. To see which products Go Nayked approves see Drunk Elephant in our Marketplace.