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Many a skincare company has been launched because its founder couldn’t find the right product for their problematic skin. IT Cosmetics was founded by Jamie Kern Lima who needed camera-ready foundation to cover her rosacea. When Adam Grossman couldn’t find a solution for his psoriasis, his research led him to Irish seaweed, which sparked the creation of Sea Calm Skin. Lilli Gordon wanted to find safe but effective products that would work on her sensitive skin – while also feeling luxurious. The result? First Aid Beauty, a Sephora favorite that was recently bought by Proctor & Gamble. Here’s a look at First Aid Beauty (FAB), what products it sells and is it right for you?

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What Is First Aid Beauty?

First Aid Beauty debuted in 2009 but Gordon herself was no stranger to the beauty world. The Boston-based entrepreneur had a career in finance before joining the skincare company Fresh in its early years. She helped negotiate its sale to LVMH in 1999 and was then deciding her next career steps. As she told the website Beauty in the Bag, she was inspired to create FAB “because as someone with sensitive skin, I tired of the boring products at the drugstore that had horrible textures and irritating ingredients.”

What Is the Concept Behind First Aid Beauty?

First Aid Beauty products are meant to be the daily go-to products in a beauty regimen but also work in emergencies. As Gordon told Beauty in a Bag, “You have your feel good products, your classic beauty products, your doctor brands, but you don’t have fundamental, work horse products that everyone can really rely on generally and also for specific, emergency problems. Every household has a first aid kit and every household needs first aid beauty products. That’s when I realized I had the name for my business.

FAB products are designed to be safe, effective and soothing for all skin types, including those with dull skin, eczema, dark spots, combination skin and wrinkles.

What Does First Aid Beauty Sell?

FAB sells skincare and makeup products. Here’s a breakdown.

FAB Moisturizers
FAB Ultra Repair Cream- According to the company one tub of this cult-favorite cream was sold every 3.34 minutes in US Sephora stores. The rich body and face cream is jam packed with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, eucalyptus oil and ceramides, and is designed to soothe eczema and dry skin.

Hello FAB Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer- This two-in-one moisturizer and primer is formulated with coconut water, quinoa protein, minerals and micro-pearls for a dose of brightening power.

FAB Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream – This facial cream can be applied twice a day to help strengthen the skin barrier while also delivering deep hydration. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and colloidal oatmeal.

FAB Cleansers
FAB Facial Radiance Pads- Soaked with lactic and glycolic acids, these pads can be used daily for a gentle exfoliation.

FAB Pure Skin Gentle Foaming Face Cleanser with Amino Acids – Designed for all skin types, this foaming cleanser delivers a deep clean while leaving skin balanced and soft with soothing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, aloe and bisabolol.

FAB Serums & Treatments
FAB Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel – This potent peel needs just three minutes to help get smooth, glowing skin. Lactic and salicylic acid helps dissolve dead skin cells while kaolin and activated charcoal help purify skin.

FAB Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum- Two pumps of this serum are meant to leave skin hydrated all day, thanks to hyaluronic acid, collagen, peptides and colloidal oatmeal.

FAB Body
FAB Ultra Repair Body Scrub Grapefruit – Pumice buffing beads help get rid of dry, dull skin while shea butter and coconut oil boost moisture levels.

FAB KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub 10% AHA-  This body scrub contains a blend of chemical and physical exfoliators to help smooth dry skin and tackle  rough bumps.

FAB Makeup
Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer – Available in 11 shades, this lightweight concealer offers buildable coverage. Avocado oil helps keep skin hydrated while caffeine helps to de-puff eyes.

FAB Pure Skin Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover – Eye makeup is whisked away with this gentle but effective formula that is powered by the humectant panthenol, vitamin E and chamomile water.

How Much Do First Aid Beauty Products Cost?

FAB products have a mid-point price range. A six ounce jar of FAB Ultra Repair Cream sells for $32, the Pure Skin Face Cleanser is $21 and Facial Radiance Pads are $32. Some of the priciest products include the 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF 30 for $40, and FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream With Triple  Hyaluronic Acid for $42.

Is First Aid Beauty Cruelty Free?

Yes. According to Cruelty Free Kitty, FAB says they don’t test on animals during the production of their products. They also don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.

What Ingredients Are in First Aid Beauty Products?

As the company explains on its website, FAB products are “formulated with only clean, skin-loving ingredients.” The company says it has over 1,300 ingredients on its no-no list, including artificial colorants and artificial fragrances, parabens, lanolin, phthalates, petrolatum, formaldehydes and hydroquinone. Most products are formulated with naturally derived ingredients including skin soothing colloidal oatmeal, which is a key ingredient in its Ultra Repair Cream and Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer; aloe; coconut; hyaluronic acid, which holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water; skin brightening vitamin C and retinol, a vitamin A derivative that is the gold standard for softening the look of fine lines and dark spots.

More exotic ingredients include quinoa protein micro pearls, sea buckthorn and mushroom extract. Turmeric extract and rose of Jericho in Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask. Pepha tight (an algae based blend), benoitine (marine plankton extract) and eijitsu rose are key ingredients in the 5 in 1 Face Mask.

Where Can I Buy First Aid Beauty Products?

FAB products are sold on its website, and at Sephora, Ulta, Amazon, QVC and

Do First Aid Beauty Products Work?

Beauty and skincare is not a one sized all approach. A little trial and error is always necessary, as one person’s hero product may do nothing for you. It’s always helpful to look at customer reviews and editorial write ups as a starting point.   

FAB products have received plenty of press coverage since its launch in 2009. Its best known products is the Ultra Repair Cream, which was a 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Winner. In 2019 a writer for Refinery29 sampled and reviewed every single FAB product. Her conclusion? “Because with just about every cleanser, moisturizer, mask, eye cream, and serum I tried, I came to just about the same impossible conclusion: It’s really good. (Also, why doesn’t this cost more?) … Overall, my month and a half of testing nearly 35 products proved overwhelmingly positive.” Some of the products that didn’t get high marks were the Facial Radiance Intensive Peel (it burned too much) and the writer felt the Ultra Repair Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil had a “dank” smell.

The editors at Allure had plenty of praise for the Ultra Repair Cream in 2016. “Hallelujah and a million emoji hands to the sky: Someone finally concocted a moisturizer that’s elegant, effective, and affordable enough for us to smear on our face and body, whatever the irritation — eczema patches, beard burn, retinoid-induced raw spots, chafed limbs, chapped nostrils.” The editors noted that the cream works best as a spot treatment, “providing intense hydration and relief to irked areas. It dries the teeniest bit too tacky to wear under full-face makeup or sunscreen.”

So what do real customers think of Fab products? On, the Ultra Repair Cream gets a 4.6 out of 5 star rating from more than 6,000 reviews and 150,000 “loves.” LeilaBeauty called it “My holy grail moisturizer!!!” Greg0428 called it “great therapy – this product is so gentle and amazing that it almost makes me cry.” Those who didn’t love it cited an off putting smell or said it did nothing for them. Rat9 wrote that she wanted to love it but “unfortunately, after a while I noticed that it isn’t hydrating, even when used on wet skin.” LALady95 wrote that it burned her skin.

The Pure Skin Face Cleanser has 3,000 reviews and 80,000 “loves,” and an overall 4.4 out of 5 star rating. Kbpa wrote that “This cleanser saved my skin!!!” and TeacherCreature said “My search is over.” Customers who gave it low feedback, like MMG5, said it made them break out, or didn’t find it to be special, like dmkamb who wrote, “In the morning my skin was literally peeling with dry patches. I have never had such a bad reaction to a skin care product.”

The Facial Radiance Pads are also well-regarded on Sephora, with a 4.3 rating and 70,000 “loves.” Fans wrote, “Never seen such results so fast!” and “Happily impressed.” Those that didn’t love it complained about the smell and a tacky finish, like JParti: “… they have a[n] unpleasant smell and left a tacky, sticky residue on the skin so much so that I only used these at night.”

What Are Some Alternatives to First Aid Beauty?

First Aid Beauty may not be for everyone, either because they don’t react well with your skin or you tried it and it did nothing for you.  There are a few other brands to consider.

Formulyst’s philosophy is long-term and effective skincare. The brand wants to help its customers achieve their best looking skin. For polished looking skin, try Formulyst Retexturing and Perfecting Serum. It contains plant based acids to gently slough off old skin cells, leaving behind fresher, smoother looking skin. The serum also works to tackle unevenness and blotchiness.

Hydrated skin looks healthy and dewy. If you like the feel of a lightweight moisturizer, try Formulyst Super Hyaluronic Water Moisturizer. Hyaluronic acid helps keep skin plumped, hydrated and dewy looking. This oil free formula is packed with multiple types of hyaluronic acid and it works as a moisture magnet by drawing water to the skin.




The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol. Read More

Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment. Read More

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer Review

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hyaluronic Hydrating Primer Review

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First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream Review

For those with sensitive skin, there’s almost no better brand than First Aid Beauty. As a brand that was created solely with reactive skin types in mind, every single product, including new releases like the First Aid Beauty Coconut Water Cream, has been created to support the skin without irritating it. The Coconut Water Cream is a great example of a moisturizer that works well for those who struggle to find a moisturizer that works with your skin. The formula behind this product is completely oil-free, perfect for those who deal with fungal acne or simply have clog-prone skin. Additionally, this product is loaded with all of the ingredients that First Aid Beauty is most well known for, including the FAB antioxidant booster, which contains licorice root extract, feverfew extract and white tea extracts to protect against environmental agressors while also brightening and soothing the skin.


FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream With Triple Hyaluronic Acid Review

With the success of their all over retinol based serum, First Aid Beauty has just released the FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream With Triple Hyaluronic Acid. This product was designed to act as an anti-aging eye cream with a little bit extra. Retinol has long been considered to be the gold standard ingredient in anti-aging skincare due to the overwhelming research to confirm its many benefits to the skin. But while it may be extremely beneficial, it can also be extremely irritating if used incorrectly. During the first few months of use, most people with experience was is called a retinization period, where their skin becomes increasingly dry and sensitive, becoming more prone to peeling, breakouts or increased congestion. This can be especially problematic around the eye area, so much so that most retinol based products cannot be used around the eye area. The FAB Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid however, has been carefully formulated in order to be used in this sensitive area. This low, yet effective dose of retinol is powerful enough to help treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation around the area, yet gentle enough to be used consistently without irritation.

Further Reading: Best Retinol Creams


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Barriair Cream Review

The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair BarriAir Cream is the newest launch from First Aid Beauty. This product was designed to be used as the ultimate defense asked skin barrier damage, due to it’s impressive ingredients list. This product contains three weights of hyaluronic acid as well as Natural moisturizing factors. Natural moisturizing factors are three main compounds that make up a healthy skin barrier. This includes fatty acids, ceramides and cholesterol. Because of this the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair BarriAir Cream is uniquely suited for those of you who have utra sensitive or sensitized skin that is susceptible to barrier damage due to over usage of active ingredients. In addition to these ingredients, this formula also features a light as air, oil-free texture that is ideal for those that are prone to clogged pores. This light as air texture also has an oxygen technology that allows actives to penetrate more deeply into the skin, making this suitable for those who enjoy using more potent actives like retinol and vitamin C as well.


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Serum Review

If you’re looking for a hydrating serum that is suitable for sensitive or reactive skin types, you may want to check out the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Serum. This product was designed to deliver an impressive dose of hydration without being too rich and potentially clogging the pores. The main ingredients in this formula include hyaluronic acid, peptides, aloe and colloidal oatmeal, which is found in many of the cult favorite products that First Aid Beauty offers. But that isn’t the only beneficial ingredients in this formula. This product also contains green tea and licorice extracts which are rich in polyphenols and skin brightening compounds that protect and improves radiance with consistent usage.


First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser: Product Overview and Ingredient Information First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is formulated to give skin a deep-down cleansing with ingredients that are effective yet do not irritate the skin. This is the goal of the First Aid Beauty Company, as its founder, Lilli Gordon, wanted to offer her customers skin care products that contain only ingredients that were tested to be effective. Since 2009, First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser and other products in the collection have been created with a blend of nature and science, according to the manufacturer, and their goal is to offer their customers products that are both safe and effective for all skin types. This cleanser is available to customers in the U.S. and Canada, as the company does not ship internationally. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is tested to be hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin.

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser Cost and Purchasing Information

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is available for purchase on the company website and is packaged in a five-ounce tube. If you are comparing the cost and size of facial cleansers online, you may want to take the time to discover where to buy this product so that you can find the best deal, as it is also available on a number of other retail health and beauty and skin care sites. If you decide to buy First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser from a third-party seller, take care to ensure that the product is authentic and that other buyers have been pleased with their purchase. This cleanser retails for a price of about $20, which is affordable for almost any skin care budget and will allow you to try the product without the fear of wasting a great deal of money. If you are looking for a cleanser that contains a number of natural ingredients, you may find this cleanser is well worth your money, though read First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser reviews from independent sources to reduce chances of wasting your money.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: Product Overview and Ingredient Information If you read the nearly-perfect First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads reviews on the company website, you might think you've found a miracle addition to your skin care routine. But before you go out and spend your money, there's a lot to learn about this product first. For example, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads which are a part of the First Aid Beauty skin collection, contain a number of natural ingredients that improve the look of the skin's surface by reducing pore visibility and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These cleansing pads are one of many products from the brand that claim to blend science with nature to create formulas that are gentle on all skin types, even sensitive skin. The company, which was founded in the United States in 2007 by Lilli Gordon, tests many of its products to ensure that they are hypoallergenic, including First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. These cleansing pads are available to customers in the U.S. and in Canada, as the First Aid Beauty Company does not offer international shipping on its website. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are sold as an individual product and does not include any other items, like special applicators or cleansing gels, in its price.

Where to Buy First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads are packaged 60 to a container for a retail price of $30. The pads can be purchased on the company website and on several other retail skin care websites that offer health and beauty products as well as cosmetics. Since the pads are formulated for use twice a day, the container has enough for a month's supply, which makes the price quite affordable when you compare the price with other cleansing pads that contain alpha hydroxy acids. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads also have the added benefit of being tested for sensitive skin, which does not often react well to these ingredients.

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