Review: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I’ve tested this cream a few times, using it 3-4 days in a row each time. It is being advertised as a “head-to-toe moisturizer.” While most people use it on their face, and I also tested it on my face, I feel it is more appropriately used as a body cream. They make other products that are formulated for facial moisturization. My skin felt great the first time I tried it, but felt as if I hadn’t applied anything each time thereafter. I wasn’t satisfied with the results, or lack thereof.
Let’s examine the ingredients: There are 8 ingredients listed before anything of interest. There is water, followed by stearic acid (a saturated fatty acid used to keep oil & water components from separating). Then we have glycerin (a humectant). After that, there’s more binding and texture enhancing ingredients that double as humectants & emulsifiers. Next is shea butter, which we know is a natural moisturizing factor (NMF). Dimethicone (occlusive) is also present here.
The rest are all touted as key ingredients. Squalane (another NMF), allantoin, green tea extract, ceramide 3, feverfew, colloidal oatmeal (great for eczema sufferers), eucalyptus, and licorice root. They list the plant extracts as their “FAB antioxidant booster,” but I wonder how beneficial they are, given that they’re so low on the list.
Noticeably absent from this list is urea. It’s in some of their other products, including one of their lip balms. Urea treats eczema by dissolving the keratin that holds the top layer of skin cells together. It may also help remove dead tissue to help wound healing. Given the fact that this cream is pushed as a solution for dryness and eczema, it’s curious that they excluded something known to be effective.
Let me know what you all think of this cream in the comment section below.