Dr. Jart’s Teatreetment Moisturizer is an okay facial moisturizer for combination to oily skin that would have been far superior (and rated higher) if a few iffy ingredients were left out.
This has a lightweight, gel-cream texture that’s ideal for the combination to oily skin it’s intended to treat. It absorbs very quickly without a hint of greasiness, yet feels adequately hydrating.
More to love: this includes a good amount of niacinamide, a multi-faceted ingredient that has brightening, pore-refining, and antioxidant properties. Backing that up are several calming ingredients, including Centella asiatica, allantoin, aloe, chamomile, green tea, and licorice. Soothing ingredients like these are good for all skin, and particularly for acne-prone skin, since acne is an inflammatory condition. Many of these ingredients also have skin-protecting antioxidant properties.
The drawback is that there are some ingredients included that could make acne worse. This has tea tree oil (as the name implies) which is a mixed bag for blemish-prone skin. Research has shown that in higher concentrations tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties that could help acne, but it also contains fragrant components, like camphor, that irritate skin.
Also an issue: this contains cinnamon bark – which has more camphor – and witch hazel, which includes drying alcohol.
There’s no need to select a blemish product that poses even the slightest risk to skin, especially since there are far better options on our list of best acne products.
- Includes a high amount of skin-brightening, pore-refining, and antioxidant niacinamide.
- Has several antioxidant and skin-calming non-fragrant plant extracts.
- Contains barrier repairing fatty acids and a ceramide.
- Includes tea tree oil and tea tree oil components, which are a mixed bag for skin.
- Has cinnamon bark, which contains irritating camphor as a component.
- Contains witch hazel, which includes drying alcohol.
Lightweight moisturizer with innovative Teatreement™ Solution to target new and existing spots, while balancing skin's pH and moisture levels without irritating and drying out surrounding unconcerned areas. This smart moisturizer targets blemishes with powerful and rapid results, while restoring a healthy balance of oil and moisture that won't clog pores. It contains Green Calming Complex, a scientific mix of plant and flower extracts that hydrates and soothes skin, giving it a clear, fresh finish.
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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