First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer

What it is: A face moisturizer

What it does: Soothes, moisturizes, and repairs skin without feeling heavy

Star ingredients: Glycerin, Collodial Oatmeal, Squalane, Allantoin, Urea, Ceramides, Green Tea Extract, Licorice Root Extract

Review:

If you need a product that gives a lightweight, comfortable layer of moisture, then this is the product for you. Not to be confused with the cult favorite First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, this is a non-greasy, non-intrusive hydrating cream that performs well in a variety of situations on a multitude of skins. It is packed with powerhouse ingredients to soothe redness and inflammation, even out skin tone, brighten the complexion, and repair the skin barrier.

One of the ways this product has become a superstar for me is as an after-shave treatment. Most of the after-shave products on the market are too irritating for me and this calms down any inflammation I may have and provides an essential barrier on my skin without suffocating it. I also love this during the hot, humid summer months when anything too thick feels unbearable. It has layered well with every other product I have combined it with in my routine. I would recommend it for almost any skin situation, with the exception being dryness or severe dehydration. If that’s you, you would probably appreciate something more along the lines of the famous sibling, the Ultra Repair Cream.

Overall, this is a great product with an amazing cocktail of ingredients at a reasonable price. I have yet to find another moisturizer with such a great mix of reparative, beneficial actives in such a lightweight formula. I keep this in my collection at all times and usually have a back-up as well.

Price: $26

Purchase: https://www.ulta.com/ultra-repair-face-moisturizer?productId=xlsImpprod13491041

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser

What it is: A facial cleanser

What it does: Nurtures skin (especially dry or sensitive) with a gentle, hydrating cleanse

Star ingredients: Goat Milk, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, Manuka Honey, Glycerin

Review:

I never thought I’d be someone to really enjoy a cream cleanser. I’ve always preferred the lightweight gel formulas, but this winter my skin had been experiencing some surface dehydration and I could not for the life of me figure it out. My routine was on point in terms of hydration and protection, so I was a bit confused until it finally entered my brain that maybe my cleansing process had something to do with it.

I had this cleanser on hand so I decided to swap the others out for this one. I was a little nervous at first because one of them included salicylic acid and that was how I was incorporating that ingredient into my routine. But a few days in and it was obvious that my problem had been remedied. My skin no longer looked dry after cleansing (like there was a layer of translucent skin sitting on the surface of my face) and it felt very calm and balanced. The products I applied afterward also seemed to settle in and do their thing more efficaciously. I have continued to use it since then and am still thoroughly appreciating it.

It has the rich, slick texture of an oil-rich cream, but does not feel heavy or suffocating. It spreads very easily and creates the tiniest bit of lather when introduced to water. It cleanses thoroughly and rinses off completely with no feeling of residue, yet the skin doesn’t feel like it has been depleted of moisture. I use this as the second step of my double cleanse, but I have used it as the first step as well and it performed very well at destroying the layers of sunscreen that I typically wear. The scent is very light and refreshing and makes this step of my routine a bit more enjoyable. I may go back to my gel cleansers in the summer when the heat and humidity level is much higher and the dryness might not be an issue, but as of right now I have no reason to stop using this product. Easily my favorite product out of the few cream cleansers that I have tried and I highly recommend it.

Price: $38

Purchase at: https://www.sephora.com/product/goat-milk-moisturizing-cleanser-P440305

Special shoutout to Gino for appearing in the photo.