A good facial moisturizer is hard to find. Not because there aren’t any products on the market, on the contrary, it’s mainly the overkill of products that causes the problem. One of my affordable favorites is the Olaz Total Effects moisturizer, but I have deviated from this a few times. Because wouldn’t it be great if you could find a moisturizer that works better, but is more affordable?
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
Enter the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream. Not necessarily a face moisturizer per se, but one that you could use on any dry patch of your skin. It retails for €12 for 56.7 grams of product. It also comes in a large jar of 170 grams which retails for €28.80. You can find this at Sephora, but it is also sold at online retailers that ship to the Netherlands. I bought mine from Feelunique for instance.
One of the reasons why I went with the smaller size is because it comes in a tube. I don’t like creams in tubs because I feel they don’t last that long and I want my skincare products to stay clean and hygienic. No one wants to spread bacteria all over their face, now don’t they?
This cream is very much raved about in beauty land. Especially UK bloggers and beauty gurus swear by this. It promises to fight against dry skin due to cold weather conditions, while it is easily absorbed by the skin. It is free of parabens and should calm sensitive skin as well as defend against free radicals.
Looking at the ingredient list I’m not too wowed. The first real recognizable ingredient is Shea Butter. All the ‘active’ ingredients the cream promises should help the skin such as collodial oatmeal, eucalyptus oil and ceramides are all in the lower second half of the ingredient list. This means that not much of them is in it.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream makes good on one promise: it is a thick, rich, emollient cream that is quickly absorbed by the skin. This has no perfume, but that does mean it smells a bit funny. Not medicinal per se, but a bit hospiteal like. It is easily spread out and blends out nicely. It works well under make up and it leaves my skin feeling nourished and hydrating for the most part. Texture wise this feels a little bit sticky once absorbed into the skin, but it doesn’t leave a funny layer either.
But I feel this just doesn’t do enough for my skin come winter time. I have actually seen milia reappear in abundance since I started using this and that is a sign that my skin is not nourished well enough. My skin doesn’t feel dry per se, but I just think my skin drinks this up too quickly. I’ve been using this night and day and while most moisturizers ensure that my skin feels smooth and soft when I wake up, I feel this doesn’t.
The First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream looked promising. It boasts some great claims and it is a fair amount cheaper than my favorite Olaz cream. Unfortunately, I feel I get more out of applying bog standard Nivea from the blue tin than from this. It doesn’t hydrate my skin enough to truly make a difference. I like it enough to use it up, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
What is your favorite moisturizer?