Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner
First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner is a great example of a toner done right, escaping all the pitfalls of what’s typical for this category of products.
Housed in an opaque bottle with a flip-top cap, this milky toner has a soothing texture that’s good for normal, combination, and slightly dry skin. Applied either with fingers or a cotton pad, it smooth across skin with no drag, leaving it feeling soothed and refreshed. It dries quickly to a non-sticky finish, providing lightweight hydration.
We’re fans of its fragrance-free formula and the fact that it avoids drying ingredients like witch hazel or drying denatured/SD alcohol (which we have seen many times in toners labeled as “hydrating”!). Instead, this includes a good amount of squalane, an oil-like ingredient that’s rich in fatty acids and has potent antioxidant benefits.
Supporting the squalane are calming oat extracts that give this product its name, along with honey and sodium hyaluronate, which help skin retain moisture, and skin-soothing licorice, feverfew, and green tea extracts. This combination adds up to a toner that will hydrate and alleviate redness as claimed.
We also appreciate that this product’s opaque packaging will protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air, which can cause them to lose their effectiveness.
All told, this is a product that can do what it says and is a great example of what you should be searching for when you’re looking for a toner--because such formulas can be a brilliant addition to your skin care routine.
- Milky toner provides lightweight hydration with a non-sticky finish.
- Includes antioxidant- and fatty-acid rich squalane.
- Contains hydrating and soothing ingredients to moisturize and calm redness.
- Packaged to protect is light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Free from alcohol, witch hazel, and other iffy ingredients common among most toners.
An alcohol-free, oatmeal-powered toner that hydrates, relieves and soothes skin while supporting overall skin health for a balanced complexion. Use after cleansing to hydrate and balance your skin. Oat milk, colloidal oatmeal and wild oats are combined with Honey and Hyaluronic Acid to help soothe, relieve redness and hydrate. Skin is left plump and prepped to absorb oils, serums or moisturizers.
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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