This will be a shorter, more rambley, review-esque post mostly because this product has already been discussed so thoroughly. It’s one of the KBeauty products available at Sephora,ย for their horrendously marked up prices, as a testament to its popularity. I wanted to focus a little less on the product breakdown, and more about how I’ve incorporated it into my routine besides just slapping it in.

Included in this post:

  1. Basic overview
  2. Why I use this product
  3. How I use this product at different points in my routine

Fluff

If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I feel like I need to prove my love for this bottle.

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I know this #EveningRoutine is ridiculous, but I just finished the last research paper of my undergraduate degree and my plans are now to sit in front of my laptop and watch Bones for two hours while mindlessly slapping skincare on my face :))))) And eat nachos probably. . ๐Ÿ’†๐Ÿป@curology Acne prescription ๐ŸŒฆ@rainshadowlabs Retinol serum ๐Ÿด@skinfoodofficial Black Sugar First Treament Serum ๐ŸญCosrx Galactomyces Whitening Power Essence โœจDeciem The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin Serum ๐Ÿถ@Kikumasamune_Official Sake High Moist Lotion ๐Ÿ™@MisshaUS Pure Source Cell Rice Sheet Mask โšซ๏ธ@Lherboflore Black Pearl Whitening Sheet Mask ๐ŸŒ@Mizon_Official Black Snail AIO Cream ๐ŸŒฑ@NarukoUS Raw Job's Tears Supercritical CO2 Pore Minimising and Brightening Night Jelly ๐Ÿ’ค@ZeroidKorea Intensive Cream + @LaRochePosayUSA Cicaplast Baume = the most baume ass sleeping pack I've ever used

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I think every routine I’ve ever posted has this product in it.

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I don't share too many routines because I feel like mine doesn't change too often, but I've run out of some products so I have some new thoughts to share! ๐ŸŠ#Nufountain Vitamin C Serum: I've mentioned this before, but it's an effective 20% LAA serum that's been slowly fading my light sunspots and has an effective pH. ๐ŸŒณ@Klairs.Global Supple Preparation Toner: This is a gel like toner that sinks in INCREDIBLY smoothly, but isn't as hydrating as the Cosrx Galaxtomyces. I was interested in this because of the centella, licorice root, and other extracts so I'm curious to see the long term effects! ๐Ÿญ@Cosrx Galactomyces: Almost out! I had been using one pump for application at first, and then two, but now that's I'm almost running out I've been excited to see an empty container and using three. More is definitely more when it comes to this product, and I feel like I see more short term results with three pumps per application. ๐Ÿ”ฌ@Deciem The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2%: I just started this out and it has a similar consistency to their Niacinamide serum, which I did not mind. So far so good. ๐Ÿ‘@Petitefee_Korea Gold Eye Spot Patch: Imbe been cutting these in half to apply closer to my lashline and like the results! ๐Ÿ’†๐ŸปMirae NMF 8 Minute Mask: I was sent three of these as sample freebies from a @crystalcoebeauty order a while back and will write a blog post after trying them all. The 8 minute quick mask concept is interesting to me! ๐Ÿฅ@DrJart Ceramidin Liquid: A smooth liquid that sinks in easily and helps my prone to dehydration skin stay plump ๐Ÿผ@RainShadowLabs Antioxidant Eye Cream: This is easy to spread but still a heavy cream, and I'm curious to try this all over my face. It keeps my undereyes smooth but I haven't been using this long enough to notice anything else. ๐ŸŒ@Mizon_Official Black Snail AIO Cream: This cream sinks in like a hydrating toners and mixes well with oils. It has a lot of snail and keeps my skin plump. ๐Ÿ’ง@NarukoUS Raw Job's Tears Night Jelly: I opened this today, because none of my open creams play well under sunscreen. This isn't a traditional gel texture but is more moisturising yet still dries down well!

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Yup, probably every single one.

I feature it during challenges.

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Today's #abnewyearstashchallenge #mystylingpomeraniangiveaway is themed around emulsion/lotions, and I don't have any products titled that but these are two I use as such. Pictured above: ๐Ÿ’ง@drjart Ceramidin Liquid: This is a super thin liquid I use right after essences/serums that really helps balance my daily active use. ๐ŸŒ@mizon_official Black Snail AIO Cream: I used to use this in the essence step because I understood AIO's as whipped essences but it's not quite that light so I like it right before my heavy creams (after Ceramidin Liquid if I'm using both). I also like to mix my oils into this cream before applying–usually tea tree and sometimes some sweet almond oil too.

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As a disclaimer, I am (obviously) not sponsored in any interpretation of the word.

But I use it daily and repurchase it regularly. Why? Sorry for the shameless plug, I’ll get on with it now.

Product Breakdown

The Ceramidin Liquid (CosDNA here) is a ceramide-focused emulsion-feeling product with ceramide (three, to be precise),ย fatty alcohols (cetearyl alcohol, a mix of mostly cetyl and stearic long-chain alcohols, and c12-16 alcohols), and cholestrol–the major water permeability lipid holy trinity. Lipids are naturally occuring in the stratum corneum layer of skin, and moisturise the skin and the three lipids listed above especially contribute to the water permeability layer. Studies have found that a mix of all three major lipids is better than topical application of just one, which is why the trifecta all being present in the Ceramidin Liquid is such a plus. Taking this one step further they should be in a 3-1-1 ratio, which they aren’t.

Most of the rest of the ingredient list… There are other humectants and extracts and whatnot but frankly I only purchase the bottle for the lipid content.

Personal Use

Everything I read, from comments on Reddit to articles on Glamour, says that oily skinned-folk are more acne-prone but I have the unfortunate case of both dehydration and acne prone skin. This is a problem when you take into account a key personal characteristic of mine–I am very impatient. Sure, my acne scars will fade with time. Sure, my hyper pigmentation will heal with skin regeneration. Sure, skin upkeep should help with acne. But I don’t wantย faster results, even if that goes again the fundamental truth that skincare is a daily-upkeep game. This means I’m more or less constantly using a combination of salicylic acid, azelaic acid, retinol, and L-ascorbic acid on rotation as needed. Following this chemical salad with lots of hydrating layers and creams is a priority for me so my skin doesn’t end up dehydrated, and this is where the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid.

Since incorporating this product into my routine, I’ve never beenย really dehydrated. Sure, my skin is still dry leaning, but I’ve never had that stinging sensation when I apply products, had flaking, or have come home after a long day to see that even my shiny Nivea Water gel sunscreen has turned matte in the face of my dull skin. I’ve had thorough experience with every symptom of dehydrated skin, and non of them have surfaced, even if I’m more acid trigger-happy than I used to be, since incorporating this product into my routine. The constant lipid upkeep has really done me good; not using this product for a day makes a stark difference in how tight my skin feels the next day, and how much hydrating toner I feel like applying the next day. Though I haven’t noticed a stark, immediate visible difference with the Ceramidin Liquid, it’s part of the reason I can be more generous with my chemical exfoliation.

In My Routine

As shown above, I usually use the Ceramidin Liquid as an emulsion step in my routine–after my essences/serums/ampoules and before my creams. There are quite a few of moisturising ingredients so someone with oily or maybe combo skin may be able to actually use this product as an emulsion, but since I have extremely dry skin I slather creams on afterwards. I’ve tried applying this before and after a sheet mask, and I don’t notice a major difference usually. If I apply a more extreme mask, like the Leaders Mediu Amino Moisture Mask (review here), it’s easier for the rest of my routine to absorb if I apply the Ceramidin Liquid after I’ve patted the remaining essence from the sheet mask in, as opposed to before applying the sheet mask. Some other ways I’ve used the liquid:

Smoother Oil Application

I enjoy using tea tree oil regularly, though recently I’ve stopped to test out how LJH Tea Tree Essence compares to the real thing, but I hate the feel of a slippery oil sitting all greasy on top of my skin. Mixing tea tree oil and the Ceramidin Liquid in the palm of my hand and applying them both together helps the oil sit more comfortably on my skin, and only takes a few seconds.

Thinning Out Creams/Balmes

I am really fond of super heavy creams with an almost balme like texture (e.g. Zeroid Intensive Cream), but sometimes no amount of waiting and patting will get them to sit well under sunscreen. Just using a lighter cream is one option, but I’m met with heavy snow and windchill as soon as I open the front door so sometimes I’d like to keep the nice heavy/occlusive properties of a balme if possible. To use these heavier products during the day, I’ll mix in just enough Ceramidin Liquid so that it’ll soak in easier and sunscreen will set on top.

Summary

I keep Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin Liquid on hand so I can use actives generously, and it’s help maintained my plump skin with the lipid holy trinity. Despite repurchasing, I’m still on the fence about it’s HG status due to my curiosity to try other ceramide-focused products. The price is also a bit up there, but since you get 150mL of product I don’t mind.

5/5
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