Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint SPF 30
If you like the idea of tinted sun protection with lightweight, satin-matte coverage, Hello FAB Triple Protection Skin Tint SPF 30 might just be right up your alley (provided your skin color fits the small shade range). The cherry on top: It also delivers a healthy dose of beneficial ingredients to defend skin from against environmental stressors.
With a texture that's a bit thicker than a fluid, this isn't as sheer as most tints, yet it's still breathable. The lightly buildable coverage resists creasing, and those with oily/combination skin will appreciate that it doesn't emphasize pores. (The formula isn't moisturizing, which is why we don't recommend it for dry skin.)
First Aid Beauty included a generous mix of antioxidant-rich plant extracts to defend skin from pollution and free radicals, as promised. We're also happy to report that the fragrance-free formula's broad-spectrum sun protection derived from zinc oxide is perfect for sensitive skin. We always recommend layering sunscreen to ensure adequate protection, although if you apply this liberally enough you can get SPF 30 as promised.
Downsides: With only four shades (Fair to Tan), this won't suit every skin tone. We also had issues with the needle nose packaging jamming on multiple occasions. Not a deal-breaker, but inconvenient for sure.
- Offers lightweight coverage that feels breathable.
- Satin-matte finish resists creasing and won't emphasize pores.
- Contains a generous mix of antioxidant-rich plant extracts to shore up skin's anti-pollution defense.
- Fragrance-free formula + mineral, broad-spectrum sun protection are gentle enough for sensitive skin.
- With only four shades (Fair to Tan), this won't suit every skin tone.
- Packaging issues (in our experience).
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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