Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer
Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer earns our praise as a fragrance-free moisturizer for normal to dry skin, with some extra perks for sensitive skin, too.
Among its key ingredients, colloidal oatmeal is present in a high enough concentration to calm skin and potentially minimize redness. Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer also contains a healthy mix of additional soothing agents, skin-replenishing ingredients, and a few antioxidant-laced emollients that help soften skin.
We applaud First Aid Beauty for the opaque, pump bottle packaging that helps keep these light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. Texture-wise, skin is treated to an elegant lotion consistency that absorbs pleasantly for a hydrating (but not greasy) effect.
Other than over-embellishing about ceramides in the formula (there's only one and it's the very LAST ingredient), Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer delivers on its promises and stands out as a great option for sensitive skin. It's not as concentrated with anti-aging ingredients as the top-rated moisturizers, but it gets the job done when it comes to alleviating dryness and signs of sensitivity!
- Gentle, soothing, fragrance-free formula, especially great for sensitive skin.
- Moisturizes and softens skin without feeling greasy.
- Healthy mix of soothing agents, skin-replenishing ingredients, and some antioxidants.
- Would be better off if the anti-aging ingredients were in higher concentration.
This quick-absorbing moisturizer provides immediate hydration with a velvety soft finish. Meadowfoam seed oil and avocado oil soften and hydrate while shea butter and ceramides help protect the skins barrier function.
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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