FAB Pharma Oat & Hemp Multi-Fix Salve
First Aid Beauty’s FAB Pharma Oat & Hemp Multi-Fix Salve contains much that makes it a good, soothing balm for parched patches of skin. Unfortunately, all the goodness is undone by one crucial misstep!
Like many products of its type, this has a thick, almost paste-like consistency at first which warms up and becomes spreadable once it contacts skin. It absorbs remarkably quickly, with only a minimal amount of greasy feel once it sinks it. Skin feels soothed and smoother instantly.
This fragrance-free salve boasts a strong formula of proven ingredients that provide rich moisture, antioxidant benefits, soothing properties, and barrier-repairing power. Among them are non-fragrant safflower, avocado, hemp, and grape seed oils, along with shea and cocoa butters plus squalane, oatmeal, turmeric, chinaberry, and licorice extracts. This all makes for a salve capable of helping to heal extremely dry skin all over the body.
The one problem is that this is packaged in a jar. It’s not uncommon for thicker products like this to come in jar packaging, but that means all those beneficial ingredients – particularly the plant-based ingredients and antioxidants – start to lose their potency once this is opened, to say nothing of the potential hygiene issue from dipping your fingers in to this water-based formula (see More Info below for details).
It’s a shame, because otherwise the ingredient list knocks it out of the park. The packaging, however, means this isn’t preferred to alternatives you’ll find on our list of best body moisturizers.
- Instantly makes skin feel smoother and softer.
- Contains numerous antioxidant, moisturizing, soothing, and barrier-repair ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which compromises its beneficial ingredients.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
This head-to-toe, fix-it-all balm with 101 uses treats skin emergencies and helps soothe, smooth, hydrate and protect. Inspired by classic drugstore salves, this non-greasy, multipurpose balm is infused with Oatmeal, Hemp Seed Oil, Natural Butters & Waxes. This nourishing formula helps relieve irritated skin, cracked heels, dry patches, rough elbows, chapped lips & wind burn, tames eyebrows, smooths split ends & more!
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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