Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream
Friday, March 17, 2017
I grew up somewhere quite cold - snowy Minnesota - and just thinking about the cold sends shivers down my spine. I'm not a fan of the cold at all, especially not what it does to my skin. Living in northern California means the worst I see now is a few weeks of rain, but we took a trip to a cooler climate a few months ago and I was anticipating the absolute worst. Dry, wind, chapped skin and achy nostrils. That was one of the reasons I bought a tube of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream prior to leaving.
The packaging makes me feel nostalgic on a few levels. I'm kind of a sucker for aluminum tubed products. I think it stems from art lessons when I was younger. The metal key to help squeeze out product? Reminds me of all the tubes of hair color I squeezed out while providing hair coloring services. Heck, I think I still have metal keys for CHI hair color somewhere. The puncture spike in the cap actually serves no purpose since the product itself was sealed with a sticker, but I guess it's all in the look.
This is the only ceramide product in my routine, at present.
The best way I can think of to describe this cream is that it is an apology to my face in a tube! It's very nurturing and so soothing. Not too many blemishes lately, but my sensitivity to food allergies has increased, and a lot of foods that I used to be cool with (like avocado) are giving me contact dermatitis around my mouth. After cleaning the area and applying a thin layer of the cream, I can watch the redness fade away within half an hour. I also love applying this to my nostrils when I have a cold, it feels really comforting to skin that feels raw from nose blowing.
It's slick, spreads well and quite occlusive, so I apply the Ceramidin cream as the last step before bed. If I'm not wearing makeup during the day, it'll be the final step in my skincare as well. I don't like to wear this under makeup, if my face isn't completely dehydrated, it stays a little oily - like an attack on my foundation primer. It smells medicinal/herb-like, I guess since I'm usually heading to bed when I apply it, it really doesn't bother me.
My skin is very prone to dehydration, so previously, waking up to dry patches was not unusual. Since I've been using this at night (and also remembering to use a humidifier) I'm happy to report that I wake up with nicely balanced skin. I attribute the firmness and smoothness to the Missha Time Revolution Purple Ampoule (review here) I have been using but the ability to retain moisture and calmness of the skin is all Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream.
I'm about 1/3 way through the tube, and it's starting to warm up so I may set this aside until this fall/winter. Most of the time I spray my toner (Manyo Factory Galactomy ClearSkin Toner) before and after I apply the cream, that helps tremendously for absorption and to minimize the slick, emollient feel. For spring/summer, I have quite a few watery/gel type products that I think will be more comfortable to use.
Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream is $48 for 1.7oz and can be purchased from Sephora. There's also a set that contains a small tube of Ceramidin along with a bottle of the Ceramidin Liquid.
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