"Please raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by combination skin. My combination skin is a champion multitasker: It's super dry around the jaw area, oily in the T-zone, highly sensitive and prone to redness, and frustrating no matter the season! I've tried a lot of different moisturizers over the years, ranging in price from $8.99 to >$70 (I know — I KNOW), and it always went the same way: If it moisturized my muzzle (is that a cute or a gross way to refer to my lower face? I can't decide), it left my forehead a puddle of grease. But if it spared the grease, my face was dry, dull, and itchy. I assumed that no matter what, I would always be either a little oily or a little dry, so one fateful day in Sephora, I said, essentially, 'Fuck it, I'm just gonna buy the one with the packaging I like most,' which happened to be Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream. Turned out, it was also exactly what my fussy skin needed.
This cream is chock-a-block with ceramides, which are apparently the Hot New Ingredient (HNI) in skincare. Look, I'm going to be honest: I have no idea whether any of that is even remotely scientifically valid. But I can tell you that I have seen a significant difference in my skin since I started using this cream two months ago. When I bought it, I was in the midst of a cold, and I had the very fetching nostril dryness that accompanies excessive nose-blowing. After two days of twice-daily application, all trace of dryness had vanished. This stuff also claims to 'alleviate signs of sensitivity,' which, as a skin sensie, I can corroborate. I haven't seen a trace of the garden of little red patches that used to bloom all over my face when I lotioned up. AND! My formerly typical late-afternoon forehead shine is a thing of the past. My skin stays hydrated and matte all day. Oh, and it smells, subtly, like a very fancy spa — sort of earthy and fresh, like some expensive kind of dirt that only Gwyneth Paltrow knows about.
At $48 a tube, it's not cheap. But it is without a doubt the best thing I've ever done for my face (okay, aside from quitting smoking)." —Jessie Gaynor
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