If you’re looking to switch things up in your skincare routine, First Aid Beauty has been rolling out some impressive formulas recently. Best known for the super affordable face-and-body Ultra Repair Cream, the line has grown and expanded into skin type related solutions as well as color cosmetics (everybody loves that concealer, it seems). The very latest launches are Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream, Retinol Eye Cream, and Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil.
Ultra Repair BarriAIR Cream
First impression: the texture is most intriguing. This much lighter version of the cult classic looks like whipped airy foam but feels almost thick to the touch. It is surprisingly weightless and glides on the skin smoothly. An ideal solution for those with combination skin (or anyone in hot, humid weather), this Ultra Repair formula is infused with deeply hydrating Sodium Hyaluronate, Oatmeal, Green Tea Leaf Extract (because antioxidants), as well as skin restoring ceramides and Linoleic Acid.
Basic, but in the best possible way, it gives off a brief cooling sensation upon application. If your skin can become parched immediately after washing, the BarriAIR Cream will provide a burst of instant hydration. It absorbs within seconds and layers great over a serum and under an oil. I may prefer it ever so slightly to the Coconut Water Gel I loved using over the summer. $30 (1.7 oz.) sephora.com
Fab Skin Lab Retinol Eye Cream
I love everything about this one: the tube packaging, its creamy yet non-greasy texture, and the carefully blended ingredients I need working overtime under my eyes. Moisture – check, treatment benefits – check. The Retinol Eye Cream is packed with Shea Butter, Retinol, Caffeine, Aloe Vera, and peptides to deliver a firmer, more rested appearance day and night. Most importantly, First Aid Beauty is using three forms of Hyaluronic Acid that vary in molecule size to ensure both an immediate and lasting plumping effect.
Those who plan to follow with a concealer will find the creamy formula very user friendly. Yes, there are silicones and a touch of mica but happily they do not produce unwanted slip nor light reflecting side effects. $42 (.5 oz.) ulta.com
Ultra Repair Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil
Cannabis is without a doubt experiencing its moment in the skincare industry. And the buzz shows no sign of dissipating. This First Aid Beauty formula does not contain CBD or THC so it won’t ease any pain or get you high. It is, however, a really nice blend of botanicals and includes calming Cannabis Seed Oil alongside Borage Seed Oil (rich in essential fatty acids), healing Arnica Extract, and soothing Colloidal Oatmeal.
Personally, I find it just a tad too rich for my combination skin. I can get it to absorb completely only when I use my tried and true face mist trick. After washing my face, I spritz on some hydrating mist (currently loving the Jordan Samuel Skin and January Labs formulas) and apply a few drops of this new oil over damp skin. This way, water acts as a carrier and helps the oil absorb better and faster without leaving a shiny or greasy appearance. Major bonus points for the accessible price tag. The Cannabis & Oat Dry Oil launches January 22nd. $30 (1 oz.) sephora.com