Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream
First Aid Beauty's Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream is one of the more impressive takes on a gel-cream moisturizer we've seen… but it's unfortunately undone because of the brand's poor packaging choice.
As claimed, this has a soothing, almost cooling (though not from any mint ingredient or byproduct) effect on skin. The gel-like texture is lightweight, sinking into skin quickly, making it a good option for those with normal to combination skin.
This fragrance-free moisturizer also has a lot going for it in terms of its formula, including numerous antioxidants, alongside skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients. The result is a product that has the potential to do a lot to help hydrate and strengthen skin.
We say potential because sadly, this is packaged in a jar. While the jar packaging is cute, it does this moisturizer a disservice because most of those great ingredients start to lose their effectiveness in the presence of light and air, and a jar exposes them to both.
It's a shame, because otherwise we'd happily recommend Hello FAB Coconut Water Cream. But until the packaging changes, it's better to select one of the non-jar options on our list of Best Moisturizers.
Note: The travel size of this product, which comes in a tube and is occasionally offered as a gift with purchase or in a gift set, would've run away with a five star rating from our team.
- Lightweight texture quickly sinks into skin.
- Contains antioxidants, skin-restoring, and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which isn't the best for its beneficial ingredients.
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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