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Dual Repair Power Serum
Rating
1 fl. oz. for $48
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This water- and silicone-based serum is only powerful if you're looking for vitamin C (used twice in this formula and listed as ascorbyl glucoside) to help improve signs of aging. Although vitamin C is definitely an anti-aging superstar ingredient, it's not the only one skin needs. First Aid Beauty seems to know this because they also include a handful of other antioxidants and soothing ingredients; but, for the money, you're not getting much of those. Indeed, most of them are listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol.

Granted, for some of these ingredients only a small amount is needed to benefit skin, but it's still disappointing to see ingredients like vitamin E (tocopherol) and a peptide at the tail end of an ingredient list. The "breakthrough combination of ingredients" referred to in the claims has some merit in terms of strengthening skin's barrier, but there are lots of other barrier repair ingredients that would've ably reinforced Dual Repair Power Serum's claims of building healthier, stronger skin.

This fragrance-free serum is suitable for all skin types, and shouldn't pose a risk of clogging pores or making breakouts worse.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free, gentle formula.
  • Contains a good amount (times 2) of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside).
  • Lightweight, silky texture works for all skin types.
Cons:
  • Not as chockfull of anti-aging ingredients as the price may lead you to believe.
  • Given the barrier repair claims, this should contain a broader assortment of proven repairing ingredients.
Claims

Dual Repair is a brand new way to treat aging skin. It relies on a breakthrough combination of ingredients to strengthen the skin barrier, stimulate the dermal matrix, and reduce skin sensitivity in addition to a proprietary blend that delivers age defying actives. With healthier, stronger skin, the dermal matrix is reinforced and antiaging actives are more efficiently absorbed for faster, more dramatic results. Dual Repair Power Serum contains concentrated levels of the Dual Repair key actives and is enhanced with diacetyl boldine to improve skintone and siegesbeckia extract to calm the skin.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Siegesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Carbomer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sorbitol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Algae Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Allantoin, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Tromethamine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Diacetyl Boldine, Astaxanthin, Tocopherol.

Brand Overview

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

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