Cicapair Tiger Grass Nightly RePair Mask
Dr. Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask is an intriguing product that we’re sure means well, but the highly fragrant formula gets in the way of this being a superior hydrating mask for normal to dry skin.
Packaged in single use, paper-like pouches and recommended for nightly use, we’re not sure why this type of packaging was chosen over a single airtight container, but the packets do help keep the contents fresh.
This tiger grass-spiked mask’s blend of super-hydrating propanediol plus silicones gives it a rich, gel-cream texture that leaves a protective film on skin to prevent moisture loss—and it keeps skin wonderfully soft even after you rinse the mask.
If you’re wondering what tiger grass is, it’s one names that the plant Centella asiastica goes by. Skin care products with this ingredient are often referred to as cica products, another name for this plant.
Centella asiatica is used in all of Dr. Jart’s Cicapair products, and it’s a very good antioxidant and soothing ingredient, not to mention it’s a rich source of amino acids. Multiple forms of this plant are used in this mask, ensuring your skin reaps the most benefits (but just to be clear, this plant and its derivatives are but one brilliant natural ingredient for skin; Centella asiastica isn’t the best one out there). Clearly Dr. Jart doesn’t think tiger grass is all skin needs, as this formula also includes niacinamide and a handful of other beneficial ingredients.
What quickly undoes some of the benefits this mask provides is the highly fragrant ingredients it contains, including fragrant oils proven to damage skin cells and be pro-oxidant (the opposite of antioxidant).
Ingredients like lavender, rosemary, grapefruit, and rosewood oils don’t support “skin’s innate recovery function”, and in fact can be highly problematic for sensitive, redness-prone skin.
What a shame, as without the fragrant additives this mask would easily rank among our best for dehydrated, sensitive skin in need of repair and replenishment. But as is, you’re better off considering one of the options on our list of best face masks.
- Rich, cream-gel texture provides significant hydration.
- Leaves a protective “film” of moisture that keeps skin soft long after rinsing.
- Multiple forms of Centella asiastica provide soothing, antioxidant benefits.
- Highly fragrant formula likely to irritate skin (especially sensitive, redness-prone skin).
- Contains fragrant oils proven to damage skin cells.
- The problematic ingredients don’t support “skin’s innate recovery function”.
- Expensive if used nightly as directed.
This mask calms redness and soothes extremely damaged skin overnight. The nightly balm is infused with soothing centella asiatica, an Asian herbal plant commonly referred to as tiger grass, known to aid in skin recovery. Its soft cream texture is designed to support skin’s innate recovery function to alleviate redness and prevent further damage.
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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