Skin Rescue Daily Face Cream Daily Treatment w/FAB Antioxidant Booster
The only positive aspects of this product are the reasonable price and the fragrance-free formula. (Almost all fragrant ingredients, synthetic or natural, can irritate skin and irritation is a problem for all skin types.) Primarily what is missing is the antioxidant boost the product's name implies your skin will be getting.
This moisturizer is a mediocre choice for normal to dry skin because it lacks antioxidants or well-researched skin-healing (repairing) ingredients.
There are a few well-known anti-irritants in this formula, but the amounts are minimal. Sensitive skin would benefit if more of these important ingredients were included to help reduce redness and calm skin.
Note that without sunscreen, this moisturizer isn't suitable as a "day cream" unless you pair it with a foundation rated SPF 15 or greater.
- Contains standard but effective emollients for dry skin.
- Not a state-of-the-art formulation for sensitive, reddened skin.
- Anti-irritants are present in low amounts, limiting their effectiveness.
- Despite the name, this moisturizer is not suited for daytime use because it does not provide sun protection.
Hydrates, nourishes, and improves the skin's natural barrier function. Non-comedogenic. Daily use calms redness and irritation and reduces skin reactivity.
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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