Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer positions itself as a unique primer/moisturizer mashup, and it does well on both counts!
This lightweight, hydrating lotion comes in an opaque plastic squeeze bottle, which helps protect its more delicate ingredients, including the numerous antioxidants this contains. Also included are skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients, making this a product that lives up to its skincare claims of brightening, hydrating, and smoothing.
When it comes to aesthetics this also delivers: Its smooth lotion texture glides across skin with ease, sinking in quickly to make skin feel hydrated and soft. Though it appears as a soft pink color straight out of the tube, it goes on without any obvious color.
The finish has a sheen provided by mineral pigments that give skin the appearance of a dewy glow. The glow isn't sparkly but it can emphasize shine for those with combination to oily skin. For those with normal to dry skin, it gives a lit-from-within look that works beautifully on its own or under makeup.
Speaking of makeup, this helps foundation apply more easily, and extends its wear time by about an hour or so.
The only drawback is that this contains ingredients that, while not irritating, do have a smell (these include coconut juice and fruit, vanilla, apricot fruit extract, and tonka bean extract). These are not known to be irritating, but the smell might not be considered pleasant by all, so it's something to consider.
- Contains numerous skin-beneficial ingredients in stable packaging.
- Makes skin feel hydrated and soft.
- Adds an attractive, dewy glow to skin.
- Helps makeup apply more evenly and extends wear.
- The scent created by the ingredients might be too strong for some.
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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