Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA with Skin Saver Complex
Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA with Skin Save Complex contains a blend of AHAs led by research-proven glycolic acid. With one tiny exception we explain below, this serum-like, fragrance-free AHA exfoliant is an outstanding formula for all skin types not only for its smoothing power, but for its mix of replenishing and soothing agents along with antioxidants.
Housed in an opaque bottle topped with a dropper applicator, this fluid exfoliant smooths easily over skin, setting to a soft, non-tacky finish. Its pH of 4 is still within the range that allows the AHA ingredients to work their magic. Because higher amounts of AHAs can prove sensitizing for some, it's great to see First Aid Beauty's "Skin Saver Complex" is included. The soothing anti-irritants and ceramides help reinforce the benefits of AHAs while increasing tolerability. Well done!
The one concern is lemon peel extract. This form doesn't present the risk to skin that lemon oil and lemon juice do; however, it's safety assessment concluded that amounts of 0.1% or less should be used in leave-on cosmetics (http://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/Citrus%20peel.pdf). Our concern—and what held this back from our top rating—is that this product may contain more than 0.1%, thus posing a risk of irritation.
Perhaps we're being overly cautious, but given you can find 10% AHA products that don't contain any questionable ingredients, we had to mention it. Otherwise, the overall formula, packaging, and esthetics are top notch and absolutely worth checking out.
- Contains a mix of proven AHA ingredients in an effective pH and concentration.
- Excellent user-friendly packaging also holds key ingredients stable during use.
- Loaded with beneficial ingredients that work alongside the AHAs to improve skin.
- Smooths easily over skin and sets to a soft, non-tacky finish.
- The amount of lemon peel extract could pose a risk of irritating skin.
FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA smooths the skins texture while softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It brightens the complexions appearance and creates a more even-looking skin tone. Its formulated with First Aid Beautys proprietary Skin Saver Complex to help calm and support your skins moisture barrier, while helping to fend off environmental aggressors.
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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