The only positive aspects of this product are the reasonable price and the fragrance-free formula. (Almost all fragrant ingredients, synthetic or natural, can irritate skin and irritation is a problem for all skin types.) Primarily what is missing is the antioxidant boost the product's name implies your skin will be getting.
This moisturizer is a mediocre choice for normal to dry skin because it lacks antioxidants or well-researched skin-healing (repairing) ingredients. Although First Aid Beauty claims to be all about products designed for sensitive skin, this product contains feverfew extract, which can be a skin irritant (see More Info below for details on this plant extract).
There are a few well-known anti-irritants in this formula, but the amounts are minimal. Sensitive skin would benefit if more of these important ingredients were included to help reduce redness and calm skin.
Note that without sunscreen, this moisturizer isn't suitable as a "day cream" unless you pair it with a foundation rated SPF 15 or greater.
- Contains standard but effective emollients for dry skin.
- Not a state-of-the-art formulation for sensitive, reddened skin.
- Anti-irritants are present in low amounts, limiting their effectiveness.
- Despite the name, this moisturizer is not suited for daytime use because it does not provide sun protection.
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 confirmed that they are using parthenolide-free feverfew.
Hydrates, nourishes, and improves the skin's natural barrier function. Non-comedogenic. Daily use calms redness and irritation and reduces skin reactivity.
Water, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Sclerotium Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract
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.