BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 30
BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 30 ends up being more of a "dis-a-pointment" due to the inclusion of irritants such as ylang-ylang extract (Cananga odorata flower extract), cypress essential oil (Chamaecyparis obtusa oil) and lavender flower extract—just to name a few. See More Info for additional details on irritation from fragrance.
The single-shade option (if you can call one shade an option), is neutral and suitable for light to medium skin tones. The finish is quite sheer and sets to a near transparent color (hence the flexibility in shade range), but as a result offers very little coverage—don't expect this to conceal the slightest bit of redness or uneven skin tone.
In terms of sunscreen ingredients, the broad-spectrum SPF 30 is provided from a mix of mineral and synthetic actives—titanium dioxide, octinoxate and zinc oxide.
BB creams are usually expected to include beneficial ingredients (like antioxidants)—and this one does, specifically relevant to its "corrects pores" claim. Well, we should clarify that there is one notable ingredient—niacinamide—and that is likely the reason for the positioning of this product as a "pore" treatment. Research has shown that niacinamide can help to improve the shape and appearance of pores, breakouts and oiliness (Journal of Cosmetic Laser Therapy, 2006 & Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2007).
Despite the pros for this formula, the cons by way of its amount and array of irritating ingredients overwhelm the potential benefits. BB Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm SPF 30 doesn't quite fit the expectation of a BB cream because of its nearly non-existent coverage, and it doesn't offer a good enough range of skin-improving ingredients that can't be supplied by other products in your beauty routine (such as using a niacinamide-loaded toner, serum or moisturizer).
Overall, if you're shopping for a BB cream, there are many better alternatives that don't share the issues of this product in the Best BB/CC Creams section of Beautypedia.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Includes antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide.
- Contains several fragrant irritant extracts and oils known to be problematic for skin.
- Offers next to no coverage, while most BB creams provide light coverage to even out skin tone.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
An innovative formula to moisturize, protect, and correct pores for a beautiful, radiant complexion.
Dr. Jart+ At-a-Glance
Strengths: The BB creams (Beauty Balms) provide broad-spectrum sun protection and are fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Expensive; BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen; the masks are gimmicky and minimally helpful for skin.
Dr. Jart+ is a line of skin-care products based in Korea. Its most popular products are the Beauty Balms, known in the United States as BB creams. Before we discuss this brand's contribution to the BB cream craze, we want to state that at this time we are reviewing only the Dr. Jart+ products that are available at U.S. Sephora stores. If you visit the Korean Dr. Jart+ Web site, you'll see several other skin-care products are offered. We might review those in the future, but it's clear that the questions we've received about this brand have to do with the BB creams.
No information is available about an actual Dr. Jart, and our Korean friends tell us there is no actual Dr. Jart, so it is a made up name to help give the line some credibility. According to the company's English Web site, the brand is supposed to be the brainchild of multiple dermatologists as well as 21 "medical specialists." That's a lot of cooks for one product line, but as we've reported before, and as many of you know from experience, there are plenty of doctors' products that are terribly formulated and that come in bad packaging. All that really counts is whether or not you should give this line a closer look, despite the marketing claims
It didn't take much review to discover that there is nothing particularly medical or dermatologist-oriented about these products. The people behind Dr. Jart+ don't have access to any special ingredients other cosmetic companies can't use, and their products contain no unique ingredients that have any research showing that they improve skin. U.S. Sephora stores sell two BB cream options from Dr. Jart+; one of them is great and the other is lacking in too many areas to make it worth purchasing. But the question remains, should you purchase a BB cream at all? They are not must-have products, and most are far from being the "new idea in skin care" they're made out to be. Essentially, whether they're called BB creams, Blemish Balms, or Beauty Balms, all of these products are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. Some include a helpful amount of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (vitamin C, arbutin) to improve brown spots. Such discolorations are considered a blemish in Asian cultures, but that's the only distinguishing feature. Compared with standard tinted moisturizers, BB creams typically provide slightly to moderately more coverage. In that sense, they fall between tinted moisturizers and foundations, but many BB creams go on sheer also; so, ultimately, it comes down to the individual products. If you're happily using a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, there's no reason to forgo it in favor of a BB cream, but there's no harm in testing them out to see if you prefer their effect. Most won't notice much difference between them and a tinted moisturizer.
For more information about Dr. Jart+, visit http://www.drjart.co.kr/global/eng/.
Note: The company does not publish a phone number on its Web site, which doesn't bode well for building consumer trust or obtaining any help from customer service, so buyer beware.
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