My Skin Was Dry and Irritated Until This Moisturizer Changed Everything

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First Aid Beauty Intense Hydration Cream

 Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

We purchased First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream so our writer could put it to the test. Keep reading for our full product review.

When it comes to my skin, I’m the first to admit that I’m moisture-obsessed and forever chasing an effortless glow. And I’m not the only one. Natural, sun-kissed skin has become a hot commodity in a world of super-filtered and Facetuned photos. But everyone wants their skin to look good in real life, too—not just on camera. That’s where the right moisturizer comes in. I tried First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream after a bout of tiny bumps spontaneously sprouted all over my sensitive skin and I was on the hunt for something that would help it bounce back. Read on for my honest review.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Star Rating: 4.7 / 5

Best for: Normal, combination, and dry skin (including with eczema)

Uses: Moisturizing and soothing the skin

Key Ingredients: Shea butter, allantoin, colloidal oatmeal

Potential Allergens: Phenoxyethanol

Byrdie Clean?: Yes

Price: $34

About the Brand: First Aid Beauty is a beauty brand that targets skin concerns like eczema and dryness.

About My Skin: Normal but sometimes temperamental

I have pretty normal skin—it isn’t spectacular. I’m fairly sensitive to fragrance and I get breakouts from time to time. Seasonally, however, my skin has a bit of a tantrum. When temperatures change it tends to get irritated, red, and sometimes flakey.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream $34

Ingredients: Formulated for sensitive skin

First Aid Beauty focuses on creating effective skincare solutions for sensitive skin, and this definitely fits the bill. This formula has colloidal oatmeal, a skin protectant that helps to soothe eczema and itchy, irritated areas. Other key skin-soothing ingredients are allantoin, a comfrey plant-derived ingredient that also protects the skin, and shea butter, which contains lots of skin-loving nutrients and vitamins.

First Aid Beauty Intense Hydration Cream
 Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

The Scent + Feel: Unscented and lotion-like

This moisturizer is delightfully scentless. It smells faintly like oatmeal but mostly like nothing at all, which I really love. The idea of smelling something on my skin sort of throws me off (especially when it's on my face) so this is a great feature for me. As far as the feel goes, the moisturizer isn’t thin, but it isn’t ultra-thick either. It has more of a lotion-like texture than anything else and it's easy to spread around. A little definitely goes a long way.

First Aid Beauty Intense Hydration Cream
 Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

The Results: I’m obsessed

I use this every day, sometimes twice. I’ve become a poster child for this moisturizer and will probably never stop using it. My biggest skin concerns— irritation and dryness—are a non-issue with this moisturizer because it’s literally made for the most sensitive skin. I like that it’s thick, too (light creams never feel moisturizing to me) and that it leaves my skin looking moist and supple. If anything, it could maybe be a little thicker, but I like the consistency just fine.

First Aid Beauty Intense Hydration Cream
 Byrdie / Tembe Denton-Hurst

The Value: It's worth it

At $34, it’s a middle-of-the-road moisturizer when it comes to price. In my opinion, it’s worth it. A little bit does go a long way (I use maybe a dollop or two for my entire face) and a 6-ounce container lasts me months. 

Similar Products: You've got options

If this isn't your speed, or if you find it to be too pricey, then there are other rich formulas that do a great job as well.

Nivea Creme: Thick, effective, and affordable, Nivea Creme has become a cult-favorite for a reason. It’s available pretty much everywhere and works well to really hydrates dry skin.

La Roche-Posay Lipikar Soothing Relief Eczema Cream: If you have eczema, this cream from La Roche-Posay is a good choice. Its formula also contains colloidal oatmeal for soothing irritated skin—plus, it can be used on both your body and your face.

Our Verdict: You won't regret it

If you want a quality moisturizer that makes your skin soft and glowy without irritating it, then this product is a must-have. It's also reasonably priced and will last you for months.

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