First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash deserves our top rating not only because it has a mild yet effective formula, but also because it's fragrance-free. Given the scarcity of truly fragrance-free body washes, this joins a small group of products that are excellent options for those with sensitive, eczema-prone skin.
Ultra Repair Wash has a silky texture that smooths easily over skin. If foam and lots of bubbles are on your checklist for a body wash, keep shopping because this low-lather formula won't fulfill those criteria.
We also wanted to mention that most won't find this body wash's texture to be rich and creamy as First Aid Beauty claims; however, it cleanses gently and leaves skin feeling wonderfully soft without a hint of residue, so we'll forgive the brand for overstating things a bit!
Ultra Repair Wash contains a few plant-based anti-irritants, including licorice and feverfew. Side note on the feverfew, we confirmed that First Aid Beauty is using the parthenolide-free version of this plant. Parthenolide is a naturally occurring chemical in feverfew that can cause irritation, so removing it is a good thing! Although the anti-irritants are a nice touch, their benefit for skin is brief given this body wash is quickly rinsed from skin. Still, it's nice to see them included in lieu of fragrant plants!
Given the relative scarcity of truly fragrance-free body washes, we applaud First Aid Beauty for formulating a gentle formula whose texture feels luxurious (though not foaming or high-lather) and that leaves skin feeling fresh, clean, and soft without irritating or drying it out like many bar soaps can. Ultra Repair Wash is a great pick for all skin types, particularly sensitive or eczema-prone skin!
Note: This is packaged in a standard round bottle with a twist-off cap. First Aid Beauty also sells a 2-ounce size, which is great for use when traveling.
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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