One of the biggest things that initially confounded me about Korean skincare was the sheer variety of moisturizer types they have. I got free samples of essences, emulsions, lotions, and creams, but I had to figure out what each one was for and in what order they should be used. Coming from a Westernized beauty background where slathering one rich cream was enough, it made me curious to see if the standard face cream would still be recognized by the Koreans as effective. Well as it turns out, they do. For why else did they invent the luxurious Dr. Jart Ceramidin Derma Care Technology Cream (PHP 1,850 / 50 ml)?
Quick Specs: available in 50 ml and 75 ml tubes ; made in Korea
The last skin product I used that came in an aluminum tube was hand cream. I suppose it’s meant to give Dr. Jart products a more nononsense professional look, but I find tubes to be rather impractical. I have friends who complained of squeezed aluminum tubes banging/scratching up other things in their bags, so this cream might not be the most travel friendly unless carefully separated from delicate items. It will also be challenging to maximize getting every last bit of the cream out of the tube, because of all the nooks and crannies that the rumpled and folded up aluminum creates.
But of course, this review goes beyond my issues with the packaging. The cream is somewhat herbal/spicy-scented and reminds me a little bit of old-timey pomade. Not because it’s strong, but because it has a similar masculine vibe. The consistency of the cream is thick by Korean standards, but not at all greasy once applied to the skin. Texture-wise, Ceramidin does have the slightest firm waxiness to it, but that doesn’t affect the experience. It just makes for a firmer moisturizer that can maintain its own shape. According to the box, it is supposed to be layered over Ceramidin Liquid, so it still fits into the Korean layering regimen.
Some reviews have stated that Ceramidin moisturizer is more of a winter skincare staple due to its rich nature. The product claims also make mention of over 24 hours of hydration (a.k.a. time release moisture). I agree that it is ideal for cooler weather, but not limited to winter. It absorbs well and doesn’t coat skin like a mask, so I wake up with smooth, matte skin instead of a gross coating of oil. Since it isn’t too thick or rich (and can even be layered with other Korean skincare staples), it is ideal for those who spend a lot of time in air-conditioned rooms.
Verdict: The price point puts the Dr. Jart Ceramidin line in the luxe product category. The rich moisturizer that doesn’t feel gunky or heavy seems to be a trademark of high-quality, luxe skincare products, so it is at par with what’s out there. If you’re looking for a higher-end Korean moisturizer that’s world-renowned, you’ll be glad to know that Dr. Jart has even made its way into Hollywood.
To purchase Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream from Althea Philippines, click HERE.
*I received this item free of charge from Althea Korea. I was not paid or otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.*