With most skincare brands, there’s usually a star or hero product that they’re known for, and that’s what you’d try as a get-to-know-you with the brand. For example, SK-II with the First Treatment Essence, Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask and Urban Decay with their Potion Primer. It’s common sense, right? If I’m going to try out a new brand, I’d start with their bestselling product to see if my skin likes it or if it actually works before I move on to the rest of their line.
However, that was not the case with Dr Jart for me. Dr Jart, which hails from South Korea, was first known for their widely popular BB cream. In fact, their BB baby was one of the pioneers that made the BB cream what it is today. I never got to try it, because back then, I was a student and couldn’t afford it, seeing as it retails for about $70 or something at Watsons.
So why did I ever try the Dr Jart Ceramidin liquid and cream out? It was in the midst of my skincare crisis last year, when I was looking for ceramides anything, just to repair my dry Melbourne-battered skin. I tried Cerave. I tried sheep placenta. Nothing really worked other than the Beauty of Joseon cream, but I got very interested when I found out that this brand known for their BB creams actually have a horde of fans who love it for their skincare range.
But first, a brief introduction to the brand Dr Jart+:
And the star ingredient today: Ceramides.
WHAT ARE CERAMIDES?
Naturally occurring in the outer layers of our skin, ceramides are lipids (fats) that make up 50% of your skin’s barrier system. Think of them as the glue that holds skin cells together. There are 9 types of ceramides, conveniently numbered 1 to 9 of which some are replicated in skincare – either in synthetic form or derived from plants.
When your skin’s barrier is compromised, heightened sensitivity, dryness, dullness, dehydration, congestion, and premature fine lines are just some of the lovely issues to look forward to. Ceramides not only keep your barrier running smoothly, but also repair it (when you went overboard with the AHA for example), help retain water, and protect your skin against environmental pollutants.
It is also especially effective with eczema. In fact, studies have shown that people with eczema tend to have low levels of ceramides in their skin.
REVIEW OF DR JART CERAMIDIN CREAM
As always, ingredients first!
- Glycerin: Humectant, forms protective layer to prevent moisture loss.
- Bifida Ferment Lysate: Probiotic, prevents sensitivity.
- Japanese Elm root extract: Anti-inflammatory and almost as moisturising as hyaluronic acid.
- Rose Geranium extract: Antiseptic astringent that balances sebum production.
- Licorice extract: Antioxident, inhibits melanin production and acne-causing bacteria.
THE (POSSIBLY) BAD
- Cetearyl Alcohol: Fatty alcohol that is used as separating agent. Moisturising, but might cause allergy/irritation on sensitive skin. 2/5 on acne and irritant.
- Essential oils: If you’re sensitive to these, please patch test insanely and extensively (not like you don’t really do) because both products contain quite a number of them.
Full ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetearyl Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Vegetable Oil, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethiconol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Soluble Collagen, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, C12-16 Alcohols, Ceramide 3, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate,Peg-100 Stearate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Palmitic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polysorbate 60, Caramel, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Folic Acid, Acetic Acid, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4
Red = Ingredients with a 2 or more acne/irritant rating on CosDNA, Green = Hero ingredients/extracts that are supposed to be beneficial but may not be listed on CosDNA
Accessibility Good. You can get the Dr Jart Ceramidin range at quite a few Korean online sites, Sephora, as well as Olive Young in Seoul.
Packaging/Price I love the packaging for the Ceramidin cream, it feels a little physician and it’s very easy to control the amount of product you want. Plus, anything that isn’t in a pot/jar gets my vote.
Fragrance Mild lemon scent. Doesn’t linger.
Ingredients Not bad, but it’s not as whip-ya-ass as the Beauty of Joseon cream.
Texture A semi-solid cream that melts as you smooth it on. Nothing special.
Performance I really liked this when I first started using it, because it was gentle and soothing on my ravaged skin. However, after using up an entire tube and switching over to the LJH Leejiham Tea Tree Cream (still in testing), I realised how oily it was for my oil-slick face. It was rich, but doesn’t soften, repair, or hydrate my skin like the ultra nourishing BoJ cream. It would perhaps suit normal or dry skin better.
REVIEW OF DR JART CERAMIDIN LIQUID
Packaging/Price With this, you really get bang for your buck. Have you seen a serum that comes in a 150ml bottle? I’ve been using this twice a day for about two months, and I’m nowhere close to finishing it. Retails for USD39. Also the drip bottle is easily controllable and doesn’t leak when travelling with it.
Fragrance Light herbal scent. Not the nasty ginseng old-people fragrance. A natural fragrance that you won’t really notice unless you take a huge sniff.
Ingredients Almost identical to the Ceramidin cream, but without a few acids like lactic, folic and acetic.
Texture A viscous liquid that spreads very easily.
Performance I love this, even after my love affair with the cream has ended. It’s an absolute skin saver, especially when you have sensitive, red, eczema or dry skin that is very sensitive to even the gentlest of products. It’s not expressly recommended for eczema skin, but I’ve used this on top of eczema patches and my god, it doesn’t sting. At all. It also plumps up your skin immediately, and I feel that my skin is healthier, more ‘alive’, less tired, and hydrated when I use this. The Dr Jart Ceramidin liquid is like a weak shot of instant collagen into your skin. Even though my bottle still feels reassuringly substantial, I’ve already gotten a friend to grab one from Seoul for me. LOVE it.