Product: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Does your skin need serious help?
Overall Rating = 3.25 Stars – Good
Cost: $30.00 for 6 oz. ($5.00 per ounce) Price Category: Mid-range
Container: Larger Sizes – Plastic jar with twist-off lid; Smaller Sizes – Plastic tube with twist-off flip-top cap
Description: First Aid Beauty is a line many of you may not be familiar with. This is a relatively new brand of cosmetics and has only been around since 2009. This brand first caught my attention because the entire line is fragrance free and all of the products say they are safe for sensitive skin. The brand really took off when they got their products into Sephora stores, on QVC, and starting getting buzz from beauty editors. First Aid Beauty (FAB) has received quite a lot of media attention in recent years, most of it positive as far as I can tell.
FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a fragrance-free cream that is best for consistent, dry, combination or sensitive skin. This cream may be too intense for oily skin. This cream is intended to be used both on the face any anywhere on the body. Since this is a thick and heavy cream, this should be used after other products, if applying it to the face.
My skin has been taking a beating the past few weeks with all of the testing I have been doing so I was happy to try out a cream with “ultra repair” in the name.
Please Note: This product contains Eucalyptus Globulus (next to last ingredient). Many individuals are sensitive to eucalyptus and this may cause irritation if you don’t tolerate eucalyptus well. If you experience burning or itching, please discontinue use.
The company claims: “DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL HYDRATION AND PROTECTION WITH NO GREASY PETROLEUM – FAB Ultra Repair® Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil and ceramides, FAB Ultra Repair® Cream provides immediate relief and visible improvement for distressed skin. FAB Antioxidant Booster is there to defend skin from free radical damage. Ultra Repair® Cream can be used all over the body and on the face. “
Regarding the skin types this cream is intended for the company further states, “WHO SHOULD USE IT? FAB Ultra Repair® Cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments or any of the following conditions: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, keratosis pilaris.”
Please Note: This product is not intended to treat any medical condition. Before using this or any product, please consult your dermatologist.
Reviewing the ingredients, this cream is not going to provide any real anti-aging benefits or cutting-edge ingredients. It is a nice basic cream that will provide hydration and moisture from colloidal oatmeal, glycerin and shea butter.
Morning Review: The FAB Ultra Repair Cream is a bright white thick cream. This does not contain any SPF or sunscreen ingredients. Apply this after your serum or primer and sunscreen. It has a velvety texture and a dollop about the size of a raspberry (1/4 teaspoon) is enough for just the face. You will probably use a full tablespoon or more if you are going to apply this to your entire body. The scent is difficult to describe. It smells like a eucalyptus candle to me. It is very subtle and does not linger once applied to the skin. I did not experience any negative side effects from the scent. The cream feels very hydrating and soothing to my irritated, sensitive skin. Because this cream is so dense, I do not think users with oily skin will like this one, despite the claims from the company that this cream is suitable for all skin types. It takes a while for this to fully absorb into the skin, so if you are planning on putting makeup on top of it, you may need to allow for an extra five minutes.
Morning Rating = 4 Stars
Evening Review: At the end of the day my skin does not feel dry, tight or oily. I did not experience any irritation, redness or sensitivity issues. The FAB cream really helped to calm my skin down and kept it feeling soft and smooth for several hours.
Overall Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream seems to be an excellent heavy cream for all skin types except oily, especially those with fragrance allergies. This is suitable for both women and men. My male tester did not find the scent displeasing and could barely smell anything. This would be an excellent hand cream for men who have rough skin. I would say I like this better as a hand or body cream than a face cream. It simply feels too heavy and smothering to me. I don’t like to feel like there is anything on my skin. Also, I don’t like to use separate creams and sunscreens, so I would only use this at night or if I were staying in for the day.
The cream is available in tubes in smaller sizes and jars in larger sizes. Even though the cost per ounce is less in the jar, I would buy the smaller tubes to protect the contents from contamination. Even though the concentration of anti-oxidants in this creams is quite small, what little there is will be sensitive to air and light and rendered ineffective over time if you buy the jar.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is suitable for the following skin types: (All but oily)
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
- Sensitive (not if sensitive to eucalyptus);
Morning Rating = 4 Stars;
Evening Rating = 3 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 3 Stars;
Value Rating = 3 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3.25 Stars – Good. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal, Water, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Ceramide 3.
Formulated Without: Artificial fragrance, Colorants, Parabens.
Please Note: There has been some controversy regarding whether Feverfew Extract is good or bad for your skin. The Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract that First Aid Beauty uses is free of the potentially sensitizing component Parthenolide (technically known as Sesquiterpene Lactone). Feverfew itself, when Parthenolide-free, has a calming effect on the skin.
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