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First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF30 - reader reviewed

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Sun Protection for Face
November 8, 2011 Reviewed by TIA Community Member 0 Comments
Reviewed by Karlyn

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Face Cream SPF30 retails for $38.00 for 1.7 ounces – maybe a bit on the pricey side for basically a moisturizer and sunscreen combo.  I used this primarily on the weekends.  What I liked was that the sunscreen is * zinc oxide - a barrier sunscreen versus a chemical sunscreen.

I have fairly dry skin but this lotion feels very greasy and takes forever to soak in. Slippery is probably the best way to describe it. Since I wore it on the weekends, I never really had to worry about make-up, but I can see where this could really be problem with a make-up routine.

In reviewing the ingredients, I noticed that a form of silicone (dimethicone) was one of the top ingredients. This may be why this product feels slippery going on the skin. I might like it better if I were using it at the beach or pool but, for me, this just isn't an everyday moisturizer.  Also, in using it over a period of 6 weeks, I have not seen any major changes.  I already use retin A and glycolic acid products so I am not sure what else this product could minimally contribute over those powerhouses.  Also, it smells pretty "off."  All in all, I don’t hate the product, but I don’t love it either.

*TIA note: In addition to the barrier sunscreen, zinc oxide, that Karlyn notes, there are also two chemical sunscreen agents octinoxate and octocrylene. See below:

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 5.6%, Octocrylene 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 4.8% Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Methicone, Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin, Phenyl Methicone, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Bisabolol, Alpha Arbutin, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Hydroxylated Lecithin, Polysilicone-11, Methicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Hydroxethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate, Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol

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