Cleansers are very simple creatures. They have only one job to do. Remove all traces of dirt from skin without drying it out. Yet, it’s incredible how many miserably fail. I lost count of the number of cleansers that left my skin feeling uncomfortably tight, dry, and red.
Not First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser with FAB Antioxidant Booster. It’s by far the gentlest cleanser I’ve ever come across. It’s so gentle that I doubted its cleansing power. Can all that grime that stubbornly sticks to our faces really be rinsed away with a light caress?
Yes, it can. Sort of. Let me explain. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser with FAB Antioxidant Booster contains Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, a gentle surfactant derived from coconut oil. Studies have shown “it’s mild and less damaging to the skin barrier than soaps and surfactants such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS).”
The cleanser does a good job at cleansing my skin in the morning. Thicker than a lotion but airier than a gel, the pearlescent texture produces a light foam that takes away all the dirt that has accumulated on my face during the night. It ain’t much. It’s not like I’m sleeping in the mud. Even the thought of camping is enough to make my skin crawl.
But I do wear makeup. I know, what a revelation! But, yeah, I can’t use this to remove it. On foundation-free days, when I’m just sporting a bit of blush on my cheeks and a dab of concealer on my undereye area, it’ll do just fine. But a full face of makeup? No way. It won’t remove it.
Frankly, I didn’t expect it too. I’m more than happy to use it only in the mornings. I think it’s a fab cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. It doesn’t strip the natural oil skin needs to stay healthy and function properly, and doesn’t irritate it.
If you prefer to use the same cleanser both in the morning and at night, though, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Unless you don’t wear makeup. Then, you can wash your face with this anytime.
What about the antioxidant booster? First Aid Face Cleanser With FAB Antioxidant Booster contains a bunch of antioxidants, such as green tea and licorice extract that can fight free radicals and prevent premature wrinkles. FAB right?
Not so quickly. Those antioxidants really help us age more slowly. When left on the skin. In a cleanser, they’ll end up down the drain within a few minutes. What a waste!
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Palm Kernel/ Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Cleanses skin well without drying or irritating it; Very gentle, suitable for sensitive skin; Airy texture lathers lightly.
Cons: Doesn’t remove makeup well.
Summary: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser With FAB Antioxidant Booster gently removes all traces of dirt (but not makeup), from the skin without drying or irritating it.