Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
Finally, a worthwhile moisturizing mask for normal to dry skin!
The directions on Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask state to leave it on for a 10-minute quick fix, and that's a good idea since this contains particles of oat bran you probably don't want to leave on skin overnight. The moisturizing, emollient formula contains an impressive amount of skin-soothing oatmeal (and the aforementioned bran) along with rich plant butters and oils that function as antioxidants. This also contains some very good plan-based soothing ingredients, though the addition of fragrant vanillin isn't great news for those with extra-sensitive skin.
Overall, this is one product from this brand that justifies its First Aid Beauty name!
- Rich, emollient formula nourishes dry skin.
- Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and comforted.
- Contains antioxidant-rich plant butters and oils.
FAB Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is the perfect antidote to dry, dehydrated skin. With this 10 minute fix featuring the best of the Ultra Repair system, rough, tight, flaky skin is rehydrated and restored. The result: soft, smooth, supple skin. The formula blends a duo of protective oats (Colloidal Oatmeal and Avena Sativa Oat Bran) with botanical antioxidants and skin nourishing ingredients to repair and revive the skin.
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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