Uplifting Serum

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$46 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
1/6/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No
This water-based serum claims to be advanced but it isn't. Although it contains some helpful skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants, it isn't the least bit capable of sculpting skin, instantly or long-term.

Upon using this (and it has a clever roller-ball applicator you're supposed to run over less-than-taut facial contours) your skin may feel tighter and smoother, but that's not from some "skin firming polymer"; it's from PVP, a longstanding film-forming agent more commonly seen in hairstyling products. You know how gel or hairspray makes hair feel stiff (firm)? Well, that concept can work similarly for skin, too, but it's merely a tactile sensation, not an anti-aging wonder that firms or lifts skin.

This is an OK serum for normal to oily skin, and it's nice that fragrance was omitted, but the sculpting claims are inaccurate. At best, expect this serum to make skin smoother and softer (and note that you may not like the somewhat tacky finish from the amount of PVP).
This serum provides instant and long-term firming and sculpting action. Skin firming polymers deliver instant sculpting. Advanced peptides, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, humectants, and emollients smooth and firm the skin with continued use.
Water, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, PVP, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Polysorbate 60, Dimethiconol, Hydrolyzed Corallina Officinalis Extract, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract, Tetrapeptide-21, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate

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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