First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer feels more like moisturizer than traditional sunscreen, and provides reliable broad spectrum protection from gentle mineral active ingredients.
The fragrance-free formula has a whipped cream texture that feels silky and instantly hydrating. Blending this on, you'll see a bit of white case characteristic of mineral sunscreens, but with a bit of blending, it's nearly invisible; you'll just see a soft, radiant finish ideal for normal to dry skin.
We love that this daytime moisturizer is enriched with several plant-derived soothing ingredients and antioxidants for environmental defense. Those types of ingredients are welcome additions that nicely complement the anti-aging sun protection you'll get from applying this product liberally.
Along with sun protection, antioxidants, and soothing agents comes a good mix of skin-replenishing ingredients to smooth, hydrate, and visibly renew skin's appearance.
The only drawback, and it's minor, is the inclusion of a small amount of balsam resin. According to the Physician's Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines, 1st Edition, balsam copaiba resin can cause various sensitized reactions on skin, though this would apply to a pure concentration of the resin rather than the small amount used in this product. Still, in the absence of a clear benefit for skin, the addition of this ingredient doesn't make a lot of sense.
On balance, there's far more to like than dislike about this overall gentle daytime moisturizer. Given its great mix of ingredients, the price is more than fair—and silky-feeling, non-greasy SPF products like this mean you'll be more likely to apply daily!
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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