This is a very good moisturizing mask for normal to dry, sensitive skin, but we're unable to rate it as highly as we'd like due to the fact that it's packaged in a jar. This type of packaging doesn't diminish the mask's ability to hydrate skin, but it does hinder the effectiveness of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients it contains. That's a shame because this formula contains a really nice mix of soothing plant extracts plus a form of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) for antioxidant benefit. See More Info for further details on the issues jar packaging presents
The fragrance-free formula claims to brighten skin, and it contains the B vitamin niacinamide to do that, which can remain somewhat stable in the presence of light and air. That's good, but there are better products that combine niacinamide with loads of other anti-aging ingredients in packaging that helps keep everything stable. Worn overnight or for a few minutes, this mask definitely hydrates; too bad its packaging keeps it from doing much more than that.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients. (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
This leave-on mask is a rich gel cream that envelops your skin in dewy softness. It is formulated with a powerful combination of ingredients to brighten, hydrate and deeply nourish the skin. This no fuss mask goes on like a normal moisturizer and can be used on its own or in combination with your favorite evening beauty products.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Isohexadecane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Olea Eurpaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Urea, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 60, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Allantoin, Triacetin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Diamond Powder, BHT.
First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance
Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.
Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.
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