Today we review a moisturizer which has as its core actions ‘immediate hydration’ and a highly nourishing action. Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer as made by First Aid Beauty is free from just about every harmful or stringent additive and contains two ingredients we don’t come across in creams for your face every day: colloidal oatmeal and meadowfoam seed oil. In our review, we’ll break down the formula to see what exactly each of those two ingredients bring to the nourishment and hydration mix. Importantly, we’ll also look at how long this moisture will be locked in for – delivering hydration is only one half of the moisture equation. The other is keeping it successfully sealed in. If you have dry, balanced or combination skin, do read on as First Aid Beauty says its product is geared for you specifically.
What’s In First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer?
- Shea butter
- Avocado oil
- Meadowfoam seed oil
- Antioxidant booster using licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts
Oatmeal has healing, moisturizing and anti-oxidant properties. This is why the manufacturer says it will soothe dry and distressed skin. Anti-oxidants, such as found in Vitamins E and C in particular (both missing as standalone ingredients here) are clinically proven as leaders on the anti-wrinkle and collagen formation battlegrounds. Interestingly though, the weight of scientific research is behind wheat extracts, not oatmeal. This is because of the high number of independent, verified research showing wheat extracts and oils to be high in Vitamins A, B, D and E, and fatty acids. It evens skin tone, reverses signs of aging more effectively than oatmeal, and, importantly, aids collagen production. This is why the most effective moisturizers – as evidenced in independent clinical trials – incorporate wheat extracts, Vitamin E and Vitamin C as a powerful trio of nutrients, among others.
Shea butter is rich in fatty acids and lightweight, providing intense nutrition and regeneration without causing a greasy film build up. We welcome its inclusion. What we would have liked to see in addition is sweet almond oil as the clinically proven complement. Avocado oil though is rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids, which also helps to restore the collagen count in your skin. Meadowfoam seed oil is an unusual but effective inclusion given its nourishing properties as well. All these oils make the formula rich in hydration, but it does not appear to be properly locked in. The antioxidant booster, powerful as it is, would have benefitted from the likes of algae extracts.
How Do You First Aid Beauty Use Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer?
Cleanse your skin, then apply this twice a day, morning and night. It is fast-absorbing so you can wear makeup over it. It is best to wear sunscreen as well as a default, even though the manufacturer does not specifically mention this.
You’ll pay $24.00 for the 1,7-ounce container. There are no discounts however a one-off first-time discount of 15% applies.
Is There a Guarantee?
Only products bought from the product website are eligible to be covered by the return policy. You may return new or hardly used items. If you return the items via prepaid shipping, you’ll pay $5. Exchanges are also allowed. You must not ask for an exchange or return if more than 30 days since buying the product have passed. This is a satisfactory policy. A stronger one as followed by leading manufacturers would have given you 60 days or more in which to return products though.
The Conclusion of Our First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer Review
The moisturizer has an extensive ‘free-from’ list and as such, it is not only cruelty-free and vegan-friendly but very safe to use. The sound botanical mix of oils do ensure rich nourishment and moisture delivery, particularly through Shea Butter. The antioxidant and collagen-boosting count would have been enhanced by including Vitamin E, sweet almond oil, Vitamin C, wheat extracts and algae extracts in particular. The main issue we feel potentially detracts from a formulation that is specifically meant to help dry skin though is the lack of an adequate moisture barrier. Because medical-strength collagen is the best at sealing in moisture in a featherlight manner, this is an ingredient only found in an elite group of the most scientifically verifiable hardworking, result delivering moisturizers. Locking in moisture truly does make a difference and this formula has dropped the ball in that regard. The net result is likely to be that unless you constantly and gently cleanse your skin and reapply the product, you’re not getting the benefit of vital, prolonged hydration.