5-in-1 Bouncy Mask
First Aid Beauty has lots of great products, especially for those with sensitive skin, but their 5-in-1 Bouncy Mask isn't one of them. Although it's fragrance free and has a unique, "bouncy" cream-gel texture that hydrates, two missteps keep it from being a mask worthy of your money.
The formula for normal to dry skin contains several plant-derived antioxidants and soothing agents. Those are wonderful for all skin types, but not when the product is packaged in jar. As we explain in the More Info section, routine exposure to light and air gradually renders these ingredients ineffective. Strike one!
Strike two occurs from the inclusion of the menthol-derived cooling agent menthoxypropanediol. Although the research on this ingredient's irritation potential isn't prevalent, it's relation to menthol is concerning—and any product that makes skin tingle is putting it at risk of irritation.
Otherwise, this is an OK option to add moisture and suppleness to skin, though on balance this mask doesn't go above and beyond what you can give normal to dry skin by simply applying a richer facial moisturizer and leaving it on overnight.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging hurts the effectiveness of key anti-aging ingredients.
- Contains a menthol-derived cooling agent that can pose a risk of irritation.
Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, issue 14, pages 97-106
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88
5 in 1 Bouncy Mask is a 10-minute facial-in-a-jar that instantly perfects the appearance of the skin for a flawless, red-carpet-ready complexion. It contains a complex of effective, skin perfecting ingredients to improve skins appearance in 5 targeted ways: Nourish, Calm, Firm Appearance, Plump Appearance, Refine. The mask features an ultra-modern smart gel texture that retakes shape once applied to instantly help deliver a dewy, refined and plump complexion that glows with hydrated resilience.
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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