Dr. Jart Peptidin Firming Serum with Energy Peptides
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Dr. Jart

Peptidin Firming Serum with Energy Peptides

1.35 fl. oz. for $ 48.00
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Dr. Jart’s Peptidin Firming Serum with Energy Peptides is packed with so many good ingredients, we wish we could give it a higher rating! Unfortunately, a couple of formulary missteps keeps this from being a must-have for your skin.

This serum comes in a translucent blue bottle with a dropper dispenser. Because you can still see light coming through it, it’s best to store this out of daylight to protect some of its beneficial ingredients. True to its name, it has a traditional serum texture that’s light, silky, and absorbs quickly.

Dr. Jart packed this treatment with numerous skin-beneficial ingredients, including brightening niacinamide, moisturizing borage oil, soothing cornflower, and antioxidant-rich plant extracts such as chinaberry, artichoke, and eggplant.

As advertised, this also contains 8 peptides, alongside various amino acids, all of which help restore skin and tell it to look and act younger. Had Dr. Jart just left the formula there, we’d happily recommend this.

Unfortunately, this includes fragrant bergamot and lavender oils, which both put skin at risk for irritation. They’re apparent by the smell of this serum, and both are in higher concentrations here than any of the advertised peptides (see More Info below for the issues frequent use of fragrant products can cause for your skin).

This inclusion takes Peptidin Firming Serum with Energy Peptides from a good product to one that’s not in the same league as those you’ll find on our list of best serums.

Pros:
  • Serum texture is light and silky.
  • Contains brightening niacinamide, as well as moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients.
  • Eight peptides plus amino acids restore and rejuvenate depleted skin.
Cons:
  • Needs to be stored out of daylight to protect some of its beneficial ingredients.
  • Contains fragrant bergamot and lavender oils, which put skin at risk for irritation.

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

The silky, ultra light serum is power-packed with 8-Peptide Complex and Borage Flower Extract for a super boost of cushiony plumping. It’s the perfect treat for a rough, depleted and fatigued complexion. Eight powerful peptides replenish and recharge tired skin instantly and over time – just a few drops needed for a firm, plump and pillowy feel.

Water, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Polyglycerin-3, Borago Officinalis Extract, Algae Extract, Eclipta Prostrata Leaf Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, Pteris Multifida Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Alba Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Nymphaea Caerulea Flower Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Fructooligosaccharides, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Inositol, Propanediol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Palmitoyl Proline, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Cholesterol, Caprylyl Glycol, Cyanocobalamin, Glycine, Acetyl Glutamine, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Serine, Glutamic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Leucine, Alanine, Lysine, Arginine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Cysteine, Methionine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Hexapeptide-9, Nonapeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Tripeptide-1.

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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