Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair – Review

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The Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Lipair is a lip treatment that in addition to moisturizing, also protects and restores the delicate skin of the lip area by creating a moisture barrier.  The formula contains five different ceramide complexes and five different molecular sizes of hyaluronic acid.

Dr.Jart+ Claims:

This ceramide-based lip treatment creates a protective barrier that shields lips from dryness while hydrating with moisturizing oils including babassu seed oil, avocado oil, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil, and pomegranate seed oil. Lips become super soft and plush. The ceramides work to replenish lips’ natural moisture barrier and retain hydration for all-day softness and relief.

Appearance and Scent:

The silky balm has a slightly oily texture that melts into the lips without leaving a sticky feeling.  There is no detectable scent. 

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Packaging and Size:

The balm comes in a soft plastic squeeze tube.  The packaging is simple, spill-free, hygienic, and easy to use. The tube contains either 7 grams of the product.

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Ingredients:

Diisostearyl Malate, Octyldodecanol, Ceresin, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Isostearate, Phytosteryl/ Isostearyl/ Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Microcrystalline Wax, Polybutene, Ozokerite, Synthetic Wax, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceramide NP, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, 1,2-Hexanediol, CI 77492, Triacetin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed Butter, Panthenol, Benzyl Acetate, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Geranyl Acetate, Linalool, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Water, Pantolactone.

Ingredient Analysis:

Ceramides are lipids that are essential components of the skin’s moisture barrier, found in the stratum corneum, the outermost skin layer.  They function by retaining moisture and protecting against environmental irritants.  Without adequate ceramide levels, the skin barrier function can become compromised, resulting in dry, chapped, and irritated skin.

Hyaluronic acid and its derivatives offer superior moisturization as the skin-identical molecules are capable of penetrating deep into the dermis and absorbing 1000 times their weight in water.  The lower the molecular weight, the deeper the molecule can penetrate the skin. Sodium Hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid that exists as a smaller molecular size than hyaluronic acid, is more water-soluble, and is less likely to oxidize. It provides more significant moisturization as the molecule is capable of penetrating deeper into the dermis.  It is ideal for use in skincare due to its biocompatibility, consistency, and hydrophilicity (water-loving nature).   Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide found in nearly every cell of the body.  It has a skin-supporting function in the dermis, maintains epidermal barrier function, immobilizes water in tissues, influences cell proliferation, and differentiation, and plays an essential role in wound healing and inflammatory responses.  The skin utilizes almost 50% of the body’s hyaluronic acid.  The molecule has a negative charge allowing it to bind with water and form a viscous gel. As a result, it is used for dermal fillers and as a topical skin moisturizing ingredient.   

Dimethicone is a silicone that protects the skin from moisture loss and improves the spreadability and slip of formulations.

Rice bran oil is an antioxidant-rich oil produced from the outer layer of the rice during the polishing process.  It contains antioxidants, Vitamin E and squalene.  It acts as a moisturizer that helps protect the skin from sun damage and helps maintain a healthy skin tone.

Jojoba Seed Oil is extracted from the Simmondsia chinensis plant, a desert living, drought-resistant plant with an exceptionally long lifespan.  The oil derived from the seeds has high oxidative stability and is very resistant to degradation.  It is especially useful for repairing the skin barrier in people with dermatitis, eczema, and acne.  It has anti-inflammatory properties and is antiaging. The seeds contain 40-60% oil, which is chemically classified as a liquid wax because it consists of esters, unlike other seed oils that are composed of triglycerides.  This gives jojoba seed oil unique properties for use in skincare and cosmetics.

Panthenol is the provitamin of B5 and functions as a moisturizer and emollient.  It is especially useful for calming irritation, relieving itching, healing wounds and treating sunburn.

Babassu seed oil is produced from the kernels of the babassu palm tree.  While this ingredient is highly beneficial for skin, non-sustainable harvesting can be devastating for the environment, which is why I try to avoid any brands that include it in their formulas. 

Citrus and lemon fruit oils can cause photosensitivity.  As this formula does not contain any SPF ingredients, this would not be a problem if used at nighttime.

Linalool is a monoterpene alcohol that can be found in many essential oils.  It has a fragrance similar to that of bergamot oil and French lavender.  It is added to cosmetics and skin care for its fragrance properties.

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Overall Impressions:

This non-sticky formula leaves a glossy finish that is light but also incredibly hydrating.  It works well under lipsticks or tints or as an overnight hydrating balm.  I really enjoy this balm and will continue to repurchase it.  It is the only lip product I have found that contains ceramides, which are incredibly important to keep the delicate skin of the lip area healthy and plump. 

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  • Physiochemical composition of seed oil of wild jojoba populations in Northwestern Mexico.  Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 2017.

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