Most Moist Water-Full Hydrogel Mask Hydrating Act Gel Facial Patch
This is a thin cloth mask that contains two parts in one packet: One cloth fits over your forehead, nose, and eye area (the mask has eyeholes so your eyes aren’t covered), and a second cloth fits over the bottom half of your face, with an opening for your mouth.
Before using, you’re directed to remove the film backing, which exposes the gel portion of the mask. Next, you place the gel side over your face and leave it on for up to 30 minutes, after which time you simply remove and discard the mask (no need to rinse).
Is it worth the time and trouble? Hardly! The gel formula is little more than water, film-forming agent (think hairspray), and glycerin plus mineral oil and a hydrating ingredient. Tiny amounts of antioxidant plant extracts are included, but they’re not likely to make much difference given the short period of time they’re left on the skin and the paltry amount. The witch hazel water may cause irritation, but it’s likely the amount is too low for it to be troublesome.
At best, this mask will make slightly dry skin feel smoother and softer, but it’s far from a restorative treatment for skin that lacks elasticity or “bounce.” Based on the ingredients, this doesn’t contain anything that would hydrate better than a generic moisturizer because, in truth, a generic moisturizer contains the same core ingredients found in this mask! This is far more gimmicky than useful. For better results, stick with a well-formulated moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients, such as those on our list of Best Moisturizers.
This super-hydrating mask restores hydration, elasticity, and bounce to skin. Its unique Hydrogel material locks-in moisture while its Trans-Dermal Technology allows hydrating actives to penetrate at levels two-times greater than a generic moisturizer. Its natural extracts and hyaluronic acid infuse water into dry, rough, or dehydrated skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and signs of aging.
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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