Sunday, October 27, 2013

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

I feel like I have been all over the place with my skincare products the past few weeks.  The middle of September stayed very warm later than usual and then the weather changed rapidly.  My skincare choices have been changing just as rapidly, I have several tubes of products opened up and it doesn't seem like I will be using anything up anytime soon.  I have added another skin cream to my nightly beauty routine and I am sure that I will be moving this product to my day beauty routine as the weather continues to cool off. 

First Aid Beauty is company that contains a product line that is often recommended for people with dry, sensitive skin that is prone to redness.  This is a pretty apt description of my skin issues so I decided to give one of the "hero" products from this line a try.  All of the facial products in this line are highly recommended by the staff at my local Sephora but they all seemed to recommend one product as being the best.  Therefore, I picked up a small tube of the Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.  I realized later that this cream could be used on both the body and the face so I will want a jar of the full size for my bathroom and then a small tube to keep in my purse.

The product description from the Sephora website is as follows, "A cult-favorite head-to-toe moisturizer that provides instant and long-term hydration for dry, distressed skin, even eczema.  Banish dry skin with First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair® Cream. This thick, rich, emollient moisturizer hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration while providing immediate relief and long-lasting protection for dry, distressed skin, even eczema. The beautiful whipped formula is instantly absorbed with no greasy after feel. Formulated with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and ceramide 3, the cream instantly goes to work to soothe, calm, and heal skin. It can be used head to toe and is clinically proven to increase hydration by up to 169 percent immediately upon application."

I have been using this product as a night cream right now, I will switch it over to a day cream once the air gets drier. This product absorbs quickly and hydrates on contact.  I have used it multiple times when my cheeks get so dry that they actually sting and turn bright red and I am happy to say that this product quickly soothes the irritation and helps to bring the redness down.  If I use this product at night on red areas, then the redness will be gone by the time that I wake up in the morning.  I am very happy with the results of this product from all aspects so far.

This is the first face cream that I have used containing oatmeal.  I remember taking oatmeal baths when I was a child and my skin would start acting up.  The oatmeal would help to calm the itch and reduce the redness and inflammation.  I am really liking that I found a great face cream with these benefits and that I can also use it as needed on my body.  I haven't used it on my body yet but I am sure that this will be coming very soon as the winter approaches.

I would classify this cream as falling into the category of medium-to-deep hydration.  Right now, it works well as a night cream but will be too much as a day cream.  One night I did notice that I still had a slight "dry" feeling on my cheeks and this is what leads me to believe that I will not be able to use this as my very hydrating night cream in the winter months.  I will be trying to swap it out for my day cream at this point as I still hope to reap the benefits of the soothing and redness-reducing aspects of this product.  The product does not leave a film on the skin and absorbs quickly so I am hoping that it will work well under makeup during the day.  I will have to try this out on my next day off and hope for the best.

This is my first product from this company and I think that this will be the first of many.  I want to try more of their face serums and I would love to find a hydrating face wash that continues the benefits that I receive from the Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.

photo courtesy of Sephora

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