Ceramidin Lipair Pure
When is a lip balm more than a lip balm? Ideally the best of the bunch do more than moisturize; they also protect and restore the delicate, thin skin of your lips. In that regard, Dr. Jart's Ceramidin Lipair Pure gets a lot right, but not enough to justify getting tip top marks in its category.
Appearance-wise, there's nothing too distinctive about this product: It comes in stick form in a plastic tube with a pop-off cap. It has a richly hydrating texture that glides onto lips without feeling sticky or greasy, and feels instantly soothing.
That's due in no small part to the ingredients included, among which are a number of emollients, such as castor oil, coconut oil, and rice bran oil. This also includes skin-replenishing ingredients, which include a ceramide (though this is hardly a "ceramide-based" formula as Dr. Jart claims) and antioxidants.
The result is a balm that feels great during its wear time (which is a couple of hours, less if you eat something) and leaves lips feeling softer once it wears off.
The reason this doesn't rate higher is that it contains fragrance including orange and lemon oils along with fragrance components like linalool. Despite their presence, this balm does not have a detectable scent or taste. Still, especially for the lips these ingredients are unwelcome as they pose a sensitizing skin reaction to the thin vulnerable skin of in that area. This would be a superior balm if the citrus oils had been omitted.
Note: This balm also comes in a "Mint" flavor which we strongly advise you stay away from because it has a much higher concentration of potentially-aggravating fragrance ingredients.
- Hydrating without a sticky or greasy feel.
- Includes a number of good, non-fragrant emollient plant oils.
- Includes antioxidants and a ceramide to replenish lips.
- Contains citrus oils and fragrance ingredients which could potentially aggravate lips.
- The mint flavored version is even worse.
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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