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Ceramide Smackdown: Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream vs. Skinrx Lab MadeCera Cream

I basically recommend the Dr. Jart+ ceramidin cream to everyone I meet. Got dry skin? Try the ceramidin cream. Then the Madecera cream came along. As soon as I spotted its hot pink bottle on the Urban Outfitters website I wanted it. And then I snuck a peak at its ingredient list and added it to my cart.

After sharing both creams in my daily routines over on Instagram (@sharmtoaster), I've gotten requests to compare the two! After all they are both ceramide creams. I had so many other posts I wanted to share this review/ comparison kept on getting pushed further and further back... but in my quest to clear up my drafts folder on blogger, the post is finally going live! Hallelujah for spring cleaning!

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Price & Size
The Skinrx cream retails for $36.00 for 1.7 fl. oz of product-- which translates to $21.18/ oz.
The Dr. Jart cream retails for $48.00 for 1.6 oz of product-- which translates to $30.00/ oz. But depending on where you purchase it, the price varies greatly.

The Skinrx cream is also available in a mini 0.51 oz tube which retails for $16.00.
While a mini size of the Dr. Jart set is available, it's only sold in gift sets (at least in the US) like the ceramidin starter kit at Sephora. The set contains minis of both the ceramidin cream and ceramidin liquid.


Availability
If you live in the US, both brands and products are readily available. The Dr. Jart ceramidin cream is available at Sephora, Birchbox, and Amazon and the Skinrx lab madecera cream is available at Urban Outfitters, Free People, Cult Beauty, Opening Ceremony, Mochi Beaute, CO Bigelow, Belk, and Ulta.

If you live internationally the Dr. Jart is available via Amazon and Jolse and the Skinrx lab is available via Cult Beauty-- both may be available via other retailers but I'm not familiar with them as an American.

Ingredients
It seems like the more I learn about skincare and ingredients and what not... the less I know. Nevertheless here's my brief and amateur ingredient analysis.

Even though both creams boast their use of ceramides in their names, they each only include one type of ceramide. Also ceramides aren't very high up on either ingredient list-- I bolded them on the complete ingredient lists down below. Then again, I don't know how much ceramides have to be present in a product for it to be effective.

If you aren't familiar with ceramides, they're a pretty popular skincare ingredient. They're naturally found in our bodies and are the primary component of our outermost layer of skin. Said layer is composed of 50% ceramide, 25% cholesterol, and 15% free fatty acids. Together these three form a power trio that works together to form a protective layer that prevents excess water loss and protects against microorganisms. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin loses ceramides hence why cosmetics companies are telling us to slather it all over our faces.

The madecera cream also includes niacinamide which has a whole host of promising effects (which I discussed my review of the Ordinary's niacinamide serum). It also contains centella asiatica, an increasingly popular ingredient in the Asian beauty world. Not only has it been a popular folk remedy for hundreds of years, but it's also been found to be effective in more modern day skin care studies as a promising anti-aging ingredient. Not as great is the fact that it contains fragrance.

The ceramidin cream has a whole lot of plant extracts, including bifida ferment lysate also known as fermented yeast which is known to be soothing and moisturizing. It also contains solluble collagen, sodium hyaluronate, and squalane although all 3 of those are more towards the end of the bottom of the ingredient list meaning they aren't present in as high quantities. Unfortunately, it does have bergamot oil so be aware of that if you're sensitive to it!

On paper, I would say the madecera cream looks more promising that the ceramidin cream but as I've said before-- I care more about performance and results than ingredient analysis.

MadeCera Cream via Ulta site: Aqua, Glycerine, Butylene, Glycol, Betaine, Niacinamide 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, C14-28 Alkyl Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Arachidyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Cyclopentasiloxane, Diisostearyl Malate, Ceramide 3, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycereth-20, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycosyl Trehalose, Panthenol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lanolin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Adenosine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Madecassoside, Fragrance.

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream via Birchbox site: 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 Stearate, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Palmitic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polysorbate 60, Caramel, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Acacia Senegal Gum, Folic Acid, Acetic Acid, Cholesterol, Raffinose, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tromethamine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4

Scent
Like I mentioned up above, the madecera cream has synthetic fragrance while the ceramidin cream has bergamot oil/ other extract-y types of things.

The madecera cream has a fruity sorta scent while the ceramidin cream has a light, spicy scent. The scents aren't very strong on either cream and I don't notice either scent when I apply them to my face.

Texture
Both have really lovely textures. They're on the thicker side but easily come out of the tube. But while they're thick, both of them spread easily and neither feels heavy on the skin.

Unlike Glossier's priming moisturizer rich, both of these creams feel thick and actually deliver the moisturization you would expect from a thick cream. And unlike Drunk Elephant's lala retro cream, both of these creams are thick but aren't greasy/ heavy.

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Packaging
At first glance, the packaging of both products looks pretty similar. They both come in squeezy, metal tubes. I didn't notice any difference until I started using them more. The paint on the outside of the Dr. Jart cream flakes like crazy after a while! It crumbles and gets all over my clothes and hands and is a big pain in the ass. I'm on my second tube of it and I've already noticed the telltale signs of crumbling.

Also let's be real, the pink on the Skinrx is much cuter than the yellow and white color combo of the Dr. Jart. But maybe that's just me 😎

Performance
The tl;dr version of my review is that both of these creams are fantastic!

Admittedly I haven't been using them much lately, as it's humid outside, my skin is quite normal, and I don't need heavier creams. Buuut during the winter these two were my favorites.

Both of them layer well. Both of them sink in nicely and properly moisturize my skin. Both of them wear well under makeup. Both of them wear well under sunscreen. Both of them keep my skin moisturized all day long.

Both of them keep my skin moisturized all day long buuuuuut the Dr. Jart ceramidin cream is a tad bit more moisturizing. On the days where it was 20 degrees, my skin was dryer than the Sahara, and I was battling multiple dry patches, it was the Dr. Jart ceramidin cream that I reached for. The madecera cream also moisturizes my skin... but not to the same degree.

On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 represents skin as moisturized and soft as a baby's bottom, I would give the Dr. Jart a 9 (because nobody is perfect) and the Skinrx cream gets a 7.5.

Bottom Line
I love and would recommend both of these... but I love the Dr. Jart ceramidin cream just a bit more.


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