Ultra Repair Lotion
This is a good, soothing, fragrance-free body lotion for normal to dry or sensitive skin. The formula has a lightweight yet hydrating lotion texture composed of standard thickeners plus glycerin and a triglyceride for skin repair. Also on hand as skin-repairing ingredients are squalane and ceramide-3, but it's a bit disappointing those elegant ingredients aren't included in higher amounts.
The active ingredient is colloidal oatmeal, a proven anti-irritant, so this is likely to have some benefit for reducing redness and itchy or rash-y patches of skin. Assisting the oatmeal are some good anti-inflammatory antioxidants, including green tea and licorice, though just as with the repairing ingredients mentioned above, it's disappointing those aren't present in a greater amount.
Overall, this is a good, but not great, body lotion and its price, while much higher than what you'd pay at the drugstore, isn't too bad compared to competing products sold at the department store and Sephora.
- Gentle, soothing, fragrance-free formula is great for sensitive skin.
- Moisturizes without feeling greasy.
- The active ingredient can reduce itchy, reddened skin.
- Contains low amounts of markedly beneficial ingredients like antioxidants and state of the art repairing ingredients.
This ultralight, quick-absorbing lotion is formulated with the same powerful ingredients as the cult-favorite Ultra Repair Cream. It is clinically proven to deliver 24 hours of continuous hydration, eliminate flakiness, and condition the skin, leaving it silky, supple, and smooth.
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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