First Aid Beauty is a boon for persons with sensitive skin or other issues that force you to diligently vet products before buying them in hopes that they won’t aggravate your skin. I listened to the Glossy Beauty Podcast with the founder of FAB, Lilli Gordon, and felt thankful that she gave birth to such remarkable products. I ordered 2 products – the Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream and the Ultra Repair Wild Oat Hydrating Toner, which I’ll be reviewing separately. My skin has never been prone to irritation or redness and I’ve never had to avoid certain ingredients to not wake up looking like a beehive (Thank God). However, FAB isn’t just for persons with sensitive skin. It’s for everyone who needs to provide their skin with some extra love after using actives, or provide additional nourishment, while being sure that their skin is in good, nay, great hands.
The reason why I personally picked the BarriAIR Cream was because I always like to have moisturisers that help in reinforcing the skin’s epidermal layer, or help heal it. Hence, ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, Vitamin E, and other skin nourishing and healing ingredients are always a big yes for me. I prefer to not use moisturisers which have actives in them. Instead, I go for a serum before the moisturiser.
Let’s dive straight into the review!
Price: €26.90 on Lookfantastic. The US price is $30 so it’s pretty much in-line with that.
Quantity: 44ml, which really isn’t that much. One of my complaints was that it got over too soon. The packaging itself is smaller than expected and the product quantity gets deceptive after a while (more on that later…)
Consistency: Feels silicon-y. After using it, the product begins to froth up and the next time you open the lid, you’ll see several bubbles all over. Don’t worry, they made it that way.
Scent: fragrance-free (AWESOME)
I fell head over heels in love after the first use itself. I love moisturisers on the thicker side and this spread on my face like smooth butter on hot toast. It felt quite silicon-y as mentioned before, but silicones in skincare don’t raise any flags for me. Polaar’s Laplands Cream is my Holy Grail moisturiser and I considered this to be a close second just after 2-3 uses.
All in all, my first impressions were 10/10, 5 stars, lovely product. Unfortunately, that would soon change.
It’s key ingredients are:
- Colloidal oatmeal – excellent skin-soothing ingredient
- Ceramides – makes me drool every time I see this on an INCI list
- Linoleic acid – skin barrier-restoring ingredient, which is naturally found in our skin
- Hyaluronic Acid – always a big yes
It has a variety of emollients and oxygen (?) in the 8th position, which I found can be an ingredient in skincare (still confused? Need to read up on it more). It also contains licorice root extract – love it for brightening up the skin, cholesterol (yay), and radish root ferment filtrate, but it’s wayyyy down in the list.
Here is the full list of ingredients:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Perfluorohexane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Oxygen, Colloidal Oatmeal, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Ceramide NG, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cholesterol, Tocopherol, Polyglucuronic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polypropylene, Polysorbate 80, Lecithin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Steareth-30, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Perfluoromethylcyclopentane, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate
As I continued using it, I noticed some qualities about the product which I began to not love so much.
Firstly, as stated earlier, this product froths up. You will see bubbles forming at the top, which I don’t mind, as it’s a ‘fun’ aspect of the product. But these bubbles do deceive you into thinking here is more product in the tub. Every time I’d scoop some up, I’d realise there isn’t as much cream left as I’d imagined. Taking into account that the tub itself isn’t big, it irked me that the product got over too soon. It lasted less than a month (or around one full month) – which isn’t too bad, but my other products last longer.
Secondly, silicones can rub some people the wrong way when used in skincare, but I don’t have a problem as long as it’s not the very first ingredient. I liked the silicon-y texture of the cream but after a while I started to not love it so much. Weirdly enough, I couldn’t spot any silicones in the INCI list, but they also don’t claim to be silicone-free, so I’m a bit confused. Since they don’t open say it, I’m inclined to believe that there might be silicone in this product, which gives it that texture. I didn’t dislike it, but I could’ve done without it.
After using this product for a while, I started comparing it to my beloved Polaar moisturiser and realised that this won’t be a product I will repurchase if I have the option of purchasing Polaar. Hence, this became a ‘won’t purchase again’ product for me personally.
It’s not a bad product but it’s not a product I’ll buy again for the above stated reasons. I’m certain this product will work and be loved by many, but I just found something better out there for me!