Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
2 fl. oz. for $22
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Finally, a worthwhile moisturizing mask for normal to dry skin! The directions state to leave this on for a 10-minute quick fix, and that's a good idea since this contains particles of oat bran you probably don't want to leave on skin overnight. The moisturizing, emollient formula contains an impressive amount of skin-soothing oatmeal (and the aforementioned bran) along with rich plant butters and oils that function as antioxidants. This also contains some very good plan-based soothing ingredients, though the addition of fragrant vanillin isn't great news for those with extra-sensitive skin.

The ginger root extract poses a slight risk of irritation, and the feverfew plant is confirmed to contain an irritant known as parthenolide, but the amounts of both are likely too low to be cause for concern, especially since you're not going to leave this on for long. Overall, this is one of a handful of products from this brand that justifies its First Aid Beauty name!

  • Rich, emollient formula nourishes dry skin.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and comforted.
  • Contains antioxidant-rich plant butters and oils.
  • Mix of fragrant vanillin and ginger root, and a component from the feverfew plant may be problematic for extra-sensitive skin.

This 10 minute fix is the perfect antidote to dry, dehydrated skin. Restore your rough, tight complexion and achieve soft, supple results with this must-have treatment. The soothing formula blends a duo of protective oats‹colloidal oatmeal and Avena sativa oat bran‹with botanical antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients to repair and revive your natural beauty.


Water, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric/Succinic Triglyceride, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran, Colloidal Oatmeal, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Octyldodecanol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate 60, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vanillin, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Bisabolol, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol 1, 2-Hexanediol, Tetrasodium EDTA.

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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Truly not for the ultra-sensitive

I thankfully got a sample of this at a sephora before trying the full-size. Next on my list to sample is the red clay mask version by this same brand. Anyway, despite oatmeal sounding soothing, I wouldn't recommend this for rosacea or ultra-sensitive skin. It has a warming irritating itchy feeling for me, which I'm guessing is probably due to the ginger. I like ginger as a spice, just not apparently in my face products!

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Cool product

I like this mask. I have normal/oily skin. Well, it used to be just oily but PC products sorted that. This mask works well as a wee winter treatment. Was this a best product before? Has the product changed to change the rating?

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Ross A.
Great mask but can't 'leave it on'

I'm a little confused about the cosmetics cops saying you can leave this on overnight, and the other reviewer saying it can be used as a moisturizer, and on hands. Did I get a different formula because the tube of this that I have has oatmeal in it. And I mean, straight from the Quaker Oats box, whole oats. They're big & chunky. They'd make quite a disaster of your pillow and can't just be rubbed into your skin. Ha! But this is a great mask for soothing hydration. My hubby and I both like it.

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Very Soothing Moisturizer

I use a lot of products on my face & neck: AHAs, BHAs, Retin-A, etc. So once or twice a week, at night, I like to give my skin a break from all of that and use this very soothing, moisturizing cream. It's called a mask, and it has oatmeal in it - but it is not grainy like you might expect from something called an oatmeal mask. It's a rather thick, rather heavy, very soothing and calming cream that comes in a tube. I use it on my hands too. Great product, great price. I really love this!

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