Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30
There are a lot of things to like about First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30, but a couple of fumbles make it a product to consider very carefully, if at all.
Packaged in a convenient squeeze tube, this tinted moisturizer has a creamy, almost whipped texture that's easy to apply and blend in to skin. Coverage is sheer, meaning it evens out skin tone but doesn't conceal any imperfections such as blemishes or very dark circles.
There are five shades available, best for fair to medium skin tones. Most of them have a slightly orange cast, although the sheer nature means they can still work for many people; just know that this demands more careful shade-checking in natural light.
As advertised, this provides broad spectrum SPF 30, and contains some skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients, along with some soothing plan extracts and antioxidants, which is all good news.
The problem is that fragrant orange peel oil is also in the mix, which poses a risk of irritating skin, especially around the eyes. This is also labeled as being suitable for sensitive skin, which it is not thanks to the orange oil and limonene, a fragrant component of orange.
Ultimately, you're better off choosing one of the non-irritating formulas on our list of Best Tinted Moisturizers.
- Texture is easy to apply and blend.
- Contains a good mix of beneficial ingredients.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
- Most of the shades have a slightly orange tint, which is trickier to deal with and ensure the color looks natural.
- Contains orange peel oil, which can irritate skin.
A multitasker with SPF 30 protection that provides 12 hours of soothing hydration, imparts a natural, luminous finish and reduces the look of visible imperfections.
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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