FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid
It isn’t very often a beautifully formulated fragrance-free eye cream hits the scene, so we’re thrilled to tell you that FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid gets everything right!
This tube-packaged eye cream has a smooth, creamy texture that’s easy to apply. It contains a skin-friendly film-forming agent (polymethyl methacrylate) that allows the hydrating ingredients like glycerin, squalane, and shea butter provide long-lasting moisture. Even better, if you apply this during the day (following with an SPF-rated product, of course) you’ll find it wears well under makeup.
The opaque tube packaging and narrow dispensing tip keeps the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. Such packaging is necessary for a formula like this because even though it contains encapsulated retinol, this anti-aging ingredient is still vulnerable.
Along with retinol, you’re also getting antioxidant vitamin C (in the form of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), caffeine, and vitamin E (tocopherol) plus firming peptides, soothing oat, and replenishing hyaluronic acid (in its salt form, sodium hyaluronate). Although there’s nothing that unique here, what’s included is a commendable mix of ingredients proven to help skin look and feel younger.
Last, you’re also getting brightening mineral pigments that help soften the look of dark circles. In short, this eye cream for all skin types is capable of delivering on all of its claims, and we’re glad that First Aid Beauty didn’t cross the line by making claims no eye cream can deliver!
- Smooth, creamy texture is easy to apply.
- Contains an excellent mix of anti-wrinkle and firming ingredients.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Provides lasting hydration that works well under makeup.
- Subtle but helpful brightening effect softens the look of dark circles.
- Fragrance free.
A potent, yet gentle rejuvenating eye cream that helps to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while leaving eyes looking smoother, firmer and more youthful. This luxurious, creamy formulation will leave your eyes looking hydrated, firmer and rejuvenated.
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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