5-in-1 Restore Cream Age Delay

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$36 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:
3/14/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

First, this product doesn't contain sunscreen and so won't delay aging if you use it alone during the day. Second, this product is packaged in a jar so the beneficial ingredients will not remain effective (see More Info below for details on why jar packaging is a problem). Last, most of the anti-aging ingredients are listed after the preservative, which means you’re not getting much of the good stuff. At best, this is an OK moisturizer for dry skin, but you’re certainly not getting five benefits in one product!

In terms of your skin-care routine there is no research showing any substances from be's are good or even needed for skin. All you are getting is as an overly fragranced, absurdly expensive formula that is easily replaced by dozens of other far less pricy options. The paltry amount of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients it contains is shameful.

For the few beneficial ingredients this does include the jar packaging it comes in won't keep these air sensitive ingredients stable. Guerlain, just like many other cosmetic companies, won’t give up jar packaging. The cosmetics industry stubbornly sells formulas in attractive containers that have no ability to keep the ingredients inside from degrading after opening. It is well known amongst researchers and scientists that jar packaging is not only unsanitary but most all beneficial ingredients breakdown in the presence of air. What a waste! See More Info to find out all the problems associated with jar packaging.

One other point: This product contains mica a shiny mineral used in thousands of products claiming to brighten and enliven skin. Other than the cosmetic benefit you may see after applying this product, shine particles don’t have anything to do with skin care.

Pros:
  • Blend of glycerin and non-fragrant plant oils benefits dry skin.
  • Potentially helpful amount of water-binding agents.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging allows several key ingredients to break down.
  • Most of the anti-aging ingredients are present in tiny amounts.
  • Feverfew is a potential skin irritant (see More Info for details).

More info:

Jar packaging: All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.Feverfew’s irritation potential comes from a constituent known as parthenolide. If the parthenolide is removed from feverfew, the ingredient is not a problem for skin and may actually be beneficial. That’s because parthenolide-free feverfew has potent anti-inflammatory properties and may reduce redness in skin. Interestingly, when parthenolide is present and feverfew is taken orally it has been shown to relieve migraines and to have anti-inflammatory properties, including reducing the pain from certain types of arthritis (Sources: Inflammopharmacology, February 2009, pages 42–49; Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, March 2009, pages 91–98; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages s7–s12; Dermatitis, December 2007, pages 225–229; Contact Dermatitis, October 2001, pages 197–204; and www.naturaldatabase.com). When it comes to skin-care products that contain feverfew, you must contact the company to confirm that the feverfew in their products is parthenolide-free. If they don’t know or won’t tell you, do not use the product (this is especially true if you have plant allergies).First Aid Beauty has confirmed that their feverfew is parthenolide-free.

FAB 5-in-1 Restore Cream is a rich, multi-action moisturizer formulated to help prevent and combat the signs of aging while moisturizing, nourishing and protecting the skin. It provides deep hydration and delivers a healthy dose of age-defying active ingredients for more youthful looking skin.

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil , Sodium Polyacrylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Styrene/ Butadiene Copolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Phenyl Methicone, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Alpha-Arbutin, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Titanium Dioxide, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Algae Extract, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Iron Oxides

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, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.

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