Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum
First Aid Beauty’s Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum stands out from the crowd with a unique texture that delivers on its promise to “make wearing sunscreen everyday easy.” Not only does the imperceptibly lightweight, non-greasy finish earn our praise, the formula also treats skin to a bevy of antioxidants for even better environmental protection. Win-win.
Housed in an opaque bottle, you’re instructed to shake well before dispensing the fluid consistency. The texture is unlike any sunscreen we’ve tried before—it feels like a thin, velvety, gelatinous liquid that glides over skin remarkably well and absorbs quickly. Initially it leaves a slight sheen but dries down to natural matte finish ideal for normal to oily/combination or breakout-prone skin. There’s a complete absence of a heavy or occlusive feel, which anyone who dislikes how most sunscreens feel will appreciate.
First Aid Beauty choose to tint the formula, which counteracts the white cast you might normally see from a pure zinc oxide sunscreen such as this. According to their own consumer perception study, 91% of people said the sheer tint blended seamlessly into their skin tone. We tested it on varying skin tones and found it blended in well on most. On fair skin tones it deepens the complexion a bit (by adding a sheer tan tone)—whether or not you’ll like that is personal preference, but keep in mind that if you’re going to apply foundation this sunscreen you won’t see it anyway. On deeper skin tones, the tint blends in more seamlessly.
In terms of beneficial ingredients, you’ll find tried and true antioxidants including green tea, vitamin C, licorice extract, and vitamin E. Each helps strengthen skin’s defense against free radical damage; some deliver skin-soothing properties as well. We’re also happy to report that formula is fragrance free, which is great news for all skin types, especially those with sensitive skin.
The mineral sunscreen is another win for those with sensitive skin (mineral sunscreens are known as the gentlest), and broad-spectrum SPF 30 meets the recommendation by health organizations around the world for sufficient protection. All of this is important since unprotected sun exposure is the #1 way to age skin, not to mention, it causes other health issues.
Long story short: This sunscreen’s consistency is a cinch to work with and leaves skin feeling nicely balanced (not greasy, nor drying), which truly does make wearing it an enjoyable experience. We also found it works great under makeup. FAB job First Aid Beauty!
- Unique, lightweight texture glides over skin and absorbs quickly.
- Delivers a natural-looking matte finish that wears well alone or under makeup.
- Antioxidants boosts the formula’s defense against environmental stressors.
- Gentle, fragrance-free, mineral formula (great for sensitive skin).
- Delivers sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection.
Get your everyday sun protection with this ultra-light formula. Packed with antioxidants, it also defends against environmental aggressors & pollution that contribute to early skin-aging. The sheer tint blends seamlessly into all skin tones, plus it’s oil-free & non-comedogenic so it won’t clog pores.
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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