first aid beauty ultra repair cream review

I can’t believe it took me this long to try First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. With 4 units sold every minute, it’s the brand’s best-seller in the US.

Yet, I panicked this would be too rich for my skin and turn my face into a pimple fest.

Luckily, that never happened. Phew. This did instead:

What’s In First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream?

COLLOIDAL OATMEAL TO SOOTHE IRRITATED SKIN

Colloidal oatmeal is a very fine powder derived from whole oat grains. Here, it’s present at a 0.5% concentration. Not much, but enough to do its job.

What is that?

Colloidal Oatmeal soothes redness and irritations and strengthens your skin’s protective barrier so your skin doesn’t get easily upset by cold weather, germs and other triggers.

This makes colloidal oatmeal a skin saviour for anyone with psoriasis, eczema and atopic dermatitis.

A 2012 study confirms that “the daily use of moisturizers and/or cleansers containing colloidal oatmeal significantly improved many clinical outcomes of atopic dermatitis” and was “well tolerated in babies, children, and adults with AD.”

FYI, you can also use colloidal oatmeal to soothe sunburn, rashes (including diaper rashes), hives, insect bites, and other pruritic conditions.

P.S. Colloidal oatmeal isn’t the only soothing ingredient here. This cream also has allantoin and green tea to help calm down irritations and redness.

Related: Everything You Need To Know About Colloidal Oatmeal In Skincare

GLYCERIN TO HYDRATE SKIN

Let’s start with the basics. Glycerin is in pretty much ALL skincare products for a reason.

It’s a wonderful humectant: that’s a fancy way of saying it draws moisture from the air and locks it into your skin. Once there, this extra moisture softens, plumps, and brightens your skin.

That’s the base you want to build the rest of your skincare routine on.

Related: The Complete Guide To Glycerin In Skincare

SHEA BUTTER TO MOISTURISE SKIN

Shea butter is a godsend for dry skin. Derived from the nut of the Shea tree, this fat is rich in moisturising fatty acids and antioxidants.

Fatty acids are what makes it work so well: they create a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Moisture is now forced to stay into the skin, hydrating it from within.

FYI, shea butter is even more moisturising than mineral oil (what derms consider the gold standard for moisturisation). Its effects lasts for up to 8 hours, if not more!

P.S. Ceramides and Squalane are here to do the same job: strengthen the skin’s barrier and make skin softer and smoother.

Related: Why Shea Butter Is The Best Moisturiser For Dry Skin


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Texture

First Aid Beauty describes the texture as whipped, but I disagree. It’s thick, but not greasy. It leaves behind a slight sheen that disappears quickly, but no oily residue that hangs around for ages.

Fragrance

It has no artificial scent. But it has a drop of eucalyptus oil that gives it a slight minty scent. Eucalyptus can be irritating for sensitive skin. If you know it bothers your skin, stay away from this cream.

How To Use It

In the AM, between serum and sunscreen. At night, it’s the last step of your skincare routine.

You can also use it on your body after a shower.

Performance & Personal Opinion

I have combination skin that gets a little oilier in the summer and drier in winter. Would First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream work for me?

In this cold November month, yes. It’s doing wonders for my skin. The thick texture takes a minute or two to sink in, but when it does, there’s no sticky feeling on my skin.

I prefer to use it at night anyway. But I tried it in the morning a few times as well and it makes an excellent base for makeup.

The cream does a wonderful job at moisturising skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is as softer as a baby’s. My fines lines look a little smaller. I swear my dark circles don’t look as bad, either.

This’ll probably be too rich for me in the summer. For now, it’s not giving me any issue. After a month of daily (sometimes twice daily) use, it hasn’t given me a single pimple. Phew!

But in the hotter summer months, when my sebum production goes up a notch again, I won’t take the risk. I’ll keep using it on my body only. The skin there is super dry, no matter what time of the year it is.

On my body, the rich texture absorbs immediately, too. It helps soothe the itchiness and tightness that I always feel there without the help of a rich cream like this.

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Who Is It For?

Dry and sensitive skin types.

Who Is This NOT For?

Oily and/or acne-prone skin.

Packaging

A blue and white jar. I’m usually not a fan of jars (not hygienic!). But it’s a good choice for such a rich texture.

Plus, it’s HUGE. Instead of the usual 50ml, First Aid Beauty gives you a whopping 170g. This stuff will last you for MONTHS.

P.S. The cream also comes in a tube version that has 57g of product.

Does First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Live Up To Its Claims?

CLAIMTRUE?
Head-to-toe moisturizer that provides instant relief and long-term hydration for dry, distressed skin, even eczema.True.
The beautiful, whipped texture is instantly absorbed with no greasy after-feel.The texture is thick, not whipped. And it leaves a sheen on the skin for a few minutes.
Safe for sensitive skin, the cream can be used by all members of the family, even children and babies.True, unless you’re allergic to eucalyptus.
Suitable for all skin types, especially dry, flaky skin, this hydration wonder leaves skin feeling smooth, hydrated and comfortable after just a single use. I wouldn’t recommend it to oily/acne-prone skin.

Price & Availability

$34.00/£27.90 at Asos, Dermstore, Feel Unique, Sephora, and Ulta

Do You Need It?

If you have dry skin that’s also sensitive, this is a great option for you (unless you’re allergic to eucalyptus).

Dupes & Alternatives

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Colloidal Oatmeal — 0.5%

Inactive Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Dimethicone, Squalane, Allantoin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Ceramide 3, Chrysanthemum Parthenium Extract, Disodium Edta, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol.