12.17.2014
303
Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
2 fl. oz. for $22
Expert Rating
Community Rating (4)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

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 but the amount is 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!

Pros:
  • Rich, emollient formula nourishes dry skin.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and comforted.
  • Contains antioxidant-rich plant butters and oils.
Cons:
  • Mix of fragrant vanillin and ginger root may be problematic for extra-sensitive skin.
Community Reviews
Claims

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.

Ingredients

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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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.