Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops
Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops are meant to be a two-in-one color-correcting and brightening serum, but these drops do only the latter noticeably well. As with other Cicapair products from this brand (cica is another name for the plant Centella asiatica, also known as tiger grass), this one is waylaid by fragrant oils; however, the scent intensity is much softer with Camo Drops than many of the other Cicapair products Dr. Jart offers.
Tiger Grass Camo Drops are packaged in a green glass bottle with a dropper applicator. This silicone-based serum has a thin lotion texture that spreads easily and feels light on skin. It contains mineral brighteners and cosmetic pigments that leave a sheer, subtle glow. This effect is attractive and enlivening, but not color-correcting.
You will notice this serum begins as a gray-green color that morphs into a translucent beige-y tone when blended. Green is typically the color of choice to neutralize redness, but here the effect is so soft that it doesn’t appear to do much at all. Most redness will still be visible, particularly if you have rosacea. Still, the color this turns should work for most skin tones, including fair and dark.
The big concern, especially for sensitive, redness-prone skin is the inclusion of several fragrant plant oils. We mentioned above that their presence in this serum lends a much less intense scent than some other Dr. Jart Cicapair products, but that doesn’t mean your skin won’t be negatively affected by them (see More Info). This product isn’t rated higher because of the fragrant oils and claims of this being great for redness-prone skin.
The tiger grass part of the formula provides some relief, but likely not enough. Also known as Centella asiastica and cica, tiger grass is a proven antioxidant, soothing agent, and hydrator. All parts of this plant can benefit skin, although tiger grass isn’t the single “best” plant ingredient out there, it’s one of many great natural ingredients.
We suspect the amount of tiger grass will help mitigate the irritant potential of the low amount of fragrant oils, making this an OK option to consider provided you do not have sensitive, redness-prone skin.
- Rich in skin-soothing Centella asiastica.
- Leaves a sheer, subtle glow.
- Works well under makeup.
- Doesn’t camouflage redness.
- Contains fragrant oils that risk irritating skin.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
An ultra-lightweight revitalizing serum and color corrector in one. A potent botanical complex soothes and color corrects redness as it revitalizes dull skin tone. Dr.Jart's advanced technology with centella asiatica extract helps to soothe irritated skin sensitized by makeup application and external stressors. An antioxidant green energy complex, including chlorophyll, energizes fatigued skin and protects from environmental damage. The green-to-beige camouflage formula corrects redness and revitalizes dull skin tone as its soft, watery texture quickly penetrates skin’s surface to ignite your complexion. Skin appears to glow from within.
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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