Dr. Jart’s Teatreetment Toner follows some (unfortunate) old school thinking when it comes to toners for acne-prone skin by including several irritating ingredients.
This clear liquid toner comes in an opaque plastic bottle that protects its good ingredients from light and air. This liquid can be applied either with fingers or a cotton pad. We’ll admit it feels refreshing, and sinks into skin quickly with no greasy residue.
When it comes to ingredients there are some worthy inclusions, including soothing chamomile, green tea, and licorice extracts, along with allantoin. Anything you can do to calm skin helps with acne, since breakouts are an inflammatory condition.
But here, those ingredients are having to fight against some of the other components in the formula that can have the opposite effect such as witch hazel, a source of drying alcohol that can make breakouts worse. There’s also irritating cinnamon bark and camphor.
As for the tea tree oil that gives this product its name, while research shows its antibacterial action can help with clearing acne, it’s also a source of irritating fragrance ingredients (including camphor), meaning it’s a mixed bag when it comes to benefits, and the tradeoff is not necessarily in skin’s favor.
With that said, there are other toners for oily to combination skin that have clearing benefits but skip the potential for irritation – we strongly recommend using them instead of this one.
- Liquid toner feels refreshing and dries quickly.
- Contains several proven skin-soothing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains witch hazel extract, a source of drying alcohol.
- Includes irritating cinnamon bark extract and camphor.
- Tea tree oil is a mixed bag when it comes to skin benefits.
Purifying toner that removes excess dirt and oil, then rebalances oily and combination skin while adding quick hydration after cleansing. This toner clears the way to better skin, removing excess oil and targeting blemishes without disturbing the rest of the skin barrier, giving it a fresh, matte finish. Also infused with Vitamin B3 to reduce dark spots.
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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