Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer
Dr. Jart's Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer is an intriguing product that has a lot of cool aspects, but some drawbacks keep it from ranking among the very best moisturizers.
This comes in a convenient squeeze tube and has a texture that can only be described as unique. It's initially balm-like, but as soon as it contacts skin it "breaks" to become more fluid. As the name implies, if you squeeze this out into your hand and put a finger on it, you will even see small water droplets form.
Does this make any difference in how this works or the benefits it has for skin? Not really, but the sensory aspects are remarkable. That aside, Water Drop Hydrating Moisturizer sinks into skin quickly, leaving it feeling instantly softer and smoother, with no trace of a heavy or greasy feel.
There aren't a ton of ingredients in the formula, but what's here is largely good. It includes skin-replenishing and hydrating ingredients, along with a couple of antioxidants and the skin-brightening ingredient arbutin.
The reason this doesn't rate higher is that it also includes fragrance. While you can't smell it, it's still there, and any amount of fragrance, even a small amount, has the potential to irritate skin. That's particularly an issue if your skin falls into the sensitive range, which Dr. Jart claims this moisturizer is good for.
While not the worst option available, it could've been much more impressive, like the options you'll find on our list of Best Moisturizers.
- Balm-fluid texture melts into skin.
- Instantly makes skin feel softer and smoother.
- Contains some hydrating and skin-replenishing ingredients, along with antioxidants.
- Formula could be better with additional beneficial ingredients.
- Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
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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