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Dr. Jart

Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 45

1.50 fl. oz. for $ 39.00
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Dr. Jart’s Premium BB Beauty Balm Multi-Action Skincare + Makeup SPF 45’s gotten a makeover, we’re sad to report that it’s not an improvement!

Just as with the prior version, the aesthetics and performance remain great. It retains its creamy, lotion-like texture that glides across skin, wears well with minimal creasing or fading, and sets to a natural-looking, medium-coverage dewy finish. In a word, it’s beautiful.

It comes in three shades for fair to medium-deep skin tones, and all are attractive. Even better: it still provides broad-spectrum SPF 30 (though it now includes synthetic sunscreen actives in addition to the mineral actives of the original formula).

The reason it gets a downgrade from us is that several problematic ingredients are now in the mix. Among them are fragrant orange, lime, lemon, and bergamot oils (which you can smell), along with scots pine oil and eucalyptus oil. All of these can trigger skin irritation, which can spark numerous skin issues that this is designed to treat (see More Info for details). These additions also make this BB cream likely to cause a sensitized reaction when applied near the eyes.

What a shame, as there was nothing that needed fixing with the old formula! We can no longer enthusiastically recommend this BB cream, and instead suggest alternatives that won’t put your skin and eye area at risk.

Pros:
  • Easy to blend and sets to a natural-looking finish.
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Wears well with minimal creasing or fading.
Cons:
  • Contains numerous fragrant oils that can trigger skin irritation.

More Info:

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, this all-in-one product also includes advanced brightening properties. Ideal under makeup, its natural looking coverage minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens the skintone. Antioxidant bio-peptides and adenosine protect skin from harsh environmental factors while restoring firmness and elasticity. This lightweight formula features mineral sunscreens to provide broad spectrum sun protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Skin is left looking smooth, perfect, and natural.

Active: Titanium Dioxide 7.95%, Octinoxate 6.79%, Zinc Oxide 5%, Octisalate 4.5%. Inactive: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Talc, Niacinamide, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol,Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Triethoxycarpylylsilane, Iron Oxides, Phenoxyethanol, Methicone, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trihydroxystearin, Adenosine, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, BHT, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Allantoin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Platinum Powder, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12, Polysorbate 80.

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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