First Aid Beauty • Face Cleanser • Cleansers
|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Update 01/19/11: Well, darn. Something in this cleanser has started to irritate the bejeezus out of my skin. I don't know if it's just winter dryness or if it's something more. Now even if I use it ONCE I get angry red patches that are almost eczema-y. It even started to irritate my earlobes when I accidentally got some there. Strange. I only took off one lippy because I do think it's a great product still and works well for lots of people. Packaging is good. Price is good. My skin is just uber-crazy sensitive right now I guess.
I love this. I really do. My skin is picky. It's not oily, but it breaks out for reasons I have yet to understand. Sometimes it can get really dry and angry. I tried this after reading so many glowing reviews. When I had it in my hands at the Sephora store, the sales girl raved about it - "OK," I figured, "good choice." I can not say enough good things about this. It's creamy and non-scented, which is a plus. It does not dry my skin out at all and removes incredibly tenacious makeup and sunscreen. I have not had any new breakouts or weird irritation since using this. Acutally, my skin looks really good for the first time in a while. I did start using a retinol, so that may be why, but this product certainly plays nice with retinol, which can be irritating. This is also an incredibly good value as really you need a TINY amount. It also is gently foaming, and is nice with the Clarisonic as well. The only thing I dislike is it stings like crazy if you get some in your eyes, so not ideal for eye makeup removal. Oh well, I can deal! This is a winner - I hope they don't stop making it!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral Hair: Black, Curly, Coarse Eyes: Brown
If you're worried about the parabens in Cetaphil or you feel like it doesn't actually clean your skin but you want something gentle, this is the product for you. I use it to remove my makeup, but for my acne I need something a little more heavy duty. Nevertheless, I do like this cleanser as a basic cleanser; it really does get your face squeaky clean with zero irritation. A definite HG for the supersensitive set.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Black
This is $18 USD for a 5oz tube. This is one of the best cleansers I have ever used, including the expensive $50++ cleansers and the dirt-cheap grocery store brands. It is as advertised - gentle, effective, non-stripping, and foams really well. I squeeze out a tiny amount - somewhat smaller than the size of my pinky nail, add lots of water to foam it up as much as I can, apply, and remove with lots of water. It pretty much takes off everything except for the most powerful waterproof formulas. (I still use a makeup remover before the cleanser and a toner afterwards however). There is none of that "tight" feeling you get after some cleansers or the feeling there is some product left over on your skin. My hormones are freaking out right now, so my skin is quite oily but I imagine even for drier skins it will be very gentle. Love that there is no paraben, synthetic fragrance, or other irritants.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Great, basic, paraben-free cleanser that includes some great antioxidant ingredients. I have dry skin, especially in winter, and this gives me clean skin that doesn't have that dry, tight feeling. Reasonably priced at $18 for 5oz, and I only use about a dime sized amount at a time so it will last a while. I use this with my Clarisonic, and it works great. I wet my face and the Clarisonic brush, and then squeeze a tiny amount on to the brush. I put the brush on my cheek before I turn it on, otherwise the cleanser will fly everywhere. Gives me a gentle lather and it easily rinses off with no residue. HG cleanser, and I also love to use their Ultra Repair Cream.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Medium Eyes: Brown
Wow. Wow. Wow. This face cleanser is truly magnificent. I have psoriasis and am very sensitive to what products I use on my skin. Cleansers usually leave me really dry, make me breakout, or give me the "not clean" feeling. Let me tell you, this cleanser did not disappoint. I use it at night to wash off all my makeup. It is really interesting because after I am done washing I feel like I never had any makeup on. My skin is clean, smooth, and refreshed. It does not dry out or make face to oily. I have had NO irritation at all. It's like it finds the perfect balance that my skin should have. The tube is wonderful and easy to travel with. It is very reasonably priced at $18 and the tube is lasting me forever! I do not write alot of reviews, but I felt that this product warranted writing about.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
This cleanser is fragrance-free, gentle, foamy, and rinses clean with no residue feeling. I use DHC cleansing oil first to remove makeup, then follow with this cleanser. Will re-purchase...havae stopped searching for a cleanser for my combo/oily t-zone acne-prone skin.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Brown
I've been using this for about a month and I am quite pleased with the results. I have very fair skin with mild rosacea. I believe that my skin has become less red and reactive as a result of using this product, along with the First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum and the FAB Ultra Repair Cream. I use all three products at night, in the morning I will sometimes put on the FAB URC under my sunscreen (Blue Lizard Sensitive).
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
i really like this to wash my face at night with a face full of makeup. it does the job well. i feel very clean . I do not use this as my morning cleanser though. I like the squeeze tube and its not too expensive. def worth a try. would buy again.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Tan Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I too received this product as a deluxe sample from Sephora. I typically use this cleanser about once or twice a week, on the days I do a mask. This cleanser does a great job. First, the smell- it reminds me of Ivory soap which I personally love. It's creamy and feels good on the skin--not dying at all. For an easy beauty routine, I would recommend using this cleanser and following up with the First Aid moisturizer. You can't go wrong.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I got a sample of this from Sephora. It gently removes every trace of makeup and contains antioxidant. I leave it on my face for about 1 minute before I rinse so that my skin gets to soak in the antioxidant. Great product at decent price! Highly recommend it!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
Oh My Gosh. I can't believe how well this works. I have extremely sensitive skin with rosacea. Nothing worked until now. My skin is no longer itchy and red. It is wonderful. It's a little pricy, but I use an amount the size of a pencil eraser so I think the tube will last a long time.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Warning! This is a long review. I try to be as thoughtful as possible in my reviews so hang in there with me!
Let me start off this review by telling y'all a little bit about my skin concerns. My skin is quite reactive, has some redness issues, and is also acne prone with an oily t-zone (and in the spring and the summer, the oily t-zone is a huge issue).
I was leery about trying this cleanser at first because, in my experience, things marketed toward sensitive skin don't do enough to actually clean my face and get rid of oil. I find this especially true of sensitive cleansers that allow you to tissue the cleanser off (and the FAB cleanser has that as an option). Most sensitive-skin cleansers often leave residue behind which has the charming effect of clogging up my pores and making my complexion look dull, irritated, and congested. Cleansers that are for acne-prone skin tend to strip my skin dry and leave it flaky, red, and irritated and congested from the irritation. I have been using Origins "Checks and Balances" frothy face wash for combination skin and it was the only thing that could cleanse properly without stripping my face. My main issue with the Origins cleanser was that it wasn't really helping with my skin's sensitivity but it wasn't hurting it more than any other product would. So, whenever I would finish washing with it, I would have a little bit of extra redness which would subside in some time.
Enter First Aid Beauty. Like "Checks and Balances," a very small amount of product works up to a nice and satisfying lather. Unlike "Checks and Balances" and a host of other products, this product rinses away absolutely clean. So clean that I realized that I had forgotten what truly clean and fresh skin felt like. My make up is gone, oil slicks are tamed, and...what's this? NO post-wash irritation! Hallelujah! I've never had this experience with a cleanser before. I might even go so far as to say this calms the redness in my skin, but I'll at least say that it does not irritate in any noticeable way. Of course, I'll update later in case there is an improvement in my skin (or, in case there is a downturn -- I sure hope that won't be the case). It deeply pleases me that this contains no added fragrance. It has a very clean and almost medicinal smell to it (it reminds me of the smell of sterile gauze strips -- strange but true).
I think there are a lot of options on the market for the dry-sensitive crowd so maybe for them, this will be just another option.
But I predict that this will become an absolute cult favorite for the oily-sensitive and maybe even the pre-rosacia crowd. The only thing that's stopping me from shouting "HG!" from the rooftops is that I need this cleanser to stand the test of time and withstand the "honeymoon" phase of any new product (y'all know what I mean!). I also need to see how well it plays with my hormonal acne. If it does well and does not break me out a month down the road (this has happened to me before with aforementioned sensitive cleansers) then I will likely buy several tubes of this stuff at once in the event of a discontinuation or environmental apocalypse...and I have NEVER EVER considered doing such a thing for cleanser.
All praises aside, everyone's skin is different and even products that are designed for sensitive skin aren't always going to be safe for all sensitive or reactive skin types. For example, I desperately want my friend to try this as we have a few of the same skin care concerns but it looks like there is a coconut-derived ingredient in here and her skin is very particular about coconut. A very small and hidden spot test might be in order in cases like hers because this product is completely worth it if your skin likes it.
In short, I don't think it's coincidence that "First Aid Beauty" is goes by FAB for short! It is indeed FABulous.
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium PCA, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Crysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Gluoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol
UPDATE 8/27/10: HG! :)
UPDATE 1/14/2013: I still think this stuff is the bomb.com, however, I just don't have the disposable income to spend about 20 bucks a month on stuff that I'm going to wash down the drain. I think there are products out there that are cheaper and can play nice with my sensitive skin. Are said products as luxurious as this one? No. But alas, I had to give it up. Sad day.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I cannot specifically comment on the price of this product because I got it as a free sample but unless the price is absolutely outrageous, I will definitely purchase! All I can say is WOW!!! I don't recall the last time I washed my face with a cleanser in one application and my face was actually clean, including completely removing my mascara and eyeliner. I even wiped my face with a salycilic cleaning pad afterwards and amazingly it was clean, showing no make-up, dirt or residue. As the other reviewers have commented, it lathers up very nicely and is not harsh or drying and does not irritate my sensitive skin. Using only a slightly larger than pea size amount (literally, and I am normally one to slap on way too much of most products) creates a foamy lather that leaves my skin squeaky clean and refreshed without leaving my skin taught and dry. This product almost seems too good to be true but after 3 days of use I think I am convinced that someone finally created a cleanser that easily does everything I want and need without stripping my skin of moisture. I am in awe, definitely an HG product!!! I highly recommend this to everyone!!!!!!!!!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I thought I'd never find a suitable replacement for my Prescriptives facial cleanser, but here it is! I think I like this FAB cleanser even MORE! It has no fragrance, lathers nicely, and makes my face feel great after I wash at night with this. I have sensitive skin, so this is right up my alley. Will definitely repurchase!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
Gentle cleanser that lathers nicely. It has no fragrance, which I'm happy about. My face glows after I use it. I put a dab in the palm of my hands and add water, working it into a lather before I apply it to my face. I get a better lather thus way. It cleans and soothes my skin.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Medium Brown, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
gentle, all-purpose cleaner; smells clean (but fragrance is not too strong); rinses clean, but only use a little at a time because it's rich; calms but does not leave film on my easily irritated skin; this one is evolving into one of my favorites for wintertime.
UPDATE (6/10): gotta come clean, y'all; this is the HG cleanser for me, period.
2012: I still use this and like it a lot.