I bought this serum after I ran out of my previous serum (The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth, which was just mediocre IMO). I was/am really happy with Dr. Jart+’s Water Fuse moisturizer (expect an obsessive and glowing review of that stuff eventually), so I decided to give the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid a try when it I noticed it at Sephora.
First of all, the price is pretty darn good for a serum. Considering that other brands try to charge $40 for 1-2oz, this 5oz bottle for $39 is much more sensible. Also, since it’s not an annoying dropper-style bottle AND the bottle is opaque, there’s much less waste/chance of light degrading the ingredients over the long, long time this bottle will last you. And it will last you ages – I bought this in early November of 2013, have been using it daily, and I’d say I still have about 1/3 left in my bottle at the time of this writing. It seems just as effective now as it was when I first purchased, so you don’t have to worry about product degradation forcing you to toss a half-full bottle.
I use this both in the morning, in between my toner and moisturizer steps, and at night after I’ve allowed my retinol treatment to sink in and absorb. A thumb-sized dollop is enough to thoroughly cover and lightly massage into my face and neck. The smell is really nice, it reminds me of something that I can’t quite place, but it’s a fresh, not perfumey, not floral, not citrusy scent. Maybe slightly herbal, but still somewhat sweet.
Here are the ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride,Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetearyl Alcohol,1,2-Hexanediol, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Vegetable Oil, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethiconol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Pueraria Thunbergiana Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Soluble Collagen, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, C12-16 Alcohols, Ceramide 3, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate,Peg-100
(By the way, does it help you guys when I include wiki links to some of these ingredients, or do you find the extra links annoying? Let me know!)
There are a few acne and irritation triggers in this formula, namely Cetearyl Alcohol (CosDNA rates this a 2 for both acne and irritation, and I know that some people definitely have issues with this ingredient), Dimethicone and Squalane (both rated 1 for acne), and Glyceryl Stearate SE (this scores a 3 for acne and 2 for irritation). So, as always, YMMV – take a good look at the ingredients list, because while nothing in this formula seems to bother me, I can think of several people online who have said otherwise about some of these elements.
The serum absorbs within a minute or so and feels really nice as it sinks in, and used in conjunction with my normal moisturizer, keeps my skin feeling very comfortable and hydrated. I will warn my fellow oily girls, however, that if you apply TOO much, this product won’t absorb and will just kind of sit on your skin. I’ve seen a lot of oily/combo people give this a bad review while describing that exact effect, and I always suspect that they’re simply trying to apply too much serum at once. Play with the volume of product that you apply and you’ll likely find a sweet spot, just as I did. Initially, I too tried to use too much of the liquid and thus didn’t like it – but once I started using the right amount, it was amazing!
My skin is easily irritated and can be acne-prone if not tended to just so (seriously, if I miss any part of my skincare/nutrients/water/sleep routine, my skin will let me know quite angrily!), and this product does not cause breakouts nor irritation of any kind for me. Rather, it gives me a great boost of moisture – which I sorely need as I’m using both retinol and glycolic products at the moment – without feeling greasy. I also notice a certain radiance when I use this regularly, probably simply due to my skin being comfortable and well-hydrated.
If you need an extra shot of hydration that won’t break out oily/sensitive skin and will absorb quickly and play nice with your moisturizer while feeling lovely, give this serum a shot! Dr/ Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid is definitely one of my favorite skincare products lately.
I purchased my bottle for $39USD at Sephora.