Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A foray into First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty is a cruelty-free brand that I've been curious about for a while - it seems to have dropped off the radar a little, but there was a time when it felt like everyone and their cat were using their Facial Radiance Pads. As always I'm very late to the party, but when I spotted a bargain little kit on Beauty Bay I couldn't resist.

I went for the Pure Skin Facial Cleanser and the Facial Radiance Pads, both travel-sized. The cleanser is actually pretty generous; you get 2oz of product which is nearly half the full-size - the packet of exfoliating pads contains just ten, but there's enough there to give you an idea of how you like them. 

Since I bought these before Christmas, I've had plenty of time to give them a good whirl - let's start with the cleanser. When you squeeze it out it has a pearlescent, gel-cream-like consistency, which mildly foams when you mix with water on the skin. That was my only alarm bell - foaming cleansers tend to really strip my skin, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that in fact this left my complexion feeling super-soft. First Aid Beauty's whole USP is that they're very gentle, fragrance-free etc, and I have to say that it does feel completely mild - if you're sensitive, this could be a great one for you.

In terms of removing makeup, it does a pretty good job; you can't use this on the eyes which is a bit of a shame (I'm very lazy). To be honest, I would probably use a micellar water or something similar to remove the majority of my makeup, and then go in with this to really cleanse the skin properly. Because my skin is very prone to breakouts, that's my immediate worry whenever I try a new cleanser - but this didn't affect my skin at all. If your complexion is easily irritated in any way (redness, flakiness, spots) I'd really recommend this. 

The Facial Radiance Pads, however, were what I'd been wanting to try for a long time - with my aforementioned spotty skin I'm always trying out different acid exfoliants in a bid to calm and smooth it. The round discs are slightly textured on one side, smoother on the other. I have to say they were a little drier than I'd imagined they'd be, but I don't know if that's due to the sample size - they didn't seem to be infused with as much product as other exfoliating pads I've used.

Glycolic and Lactic are the AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) of choice in these babies - I can't find what percentage they use but I'd imagine they're fairly low, as they feel super gentle. If you don't know much about AHAs then I'd highly recommend checking out Caroline Hirons' blog, but in short, they're like a liquid exfoliant rather than a grainy one - there are different ones with different uses.

So, what I like about these is that, again, they're very gentle - they haven't irritated my skin in anyway and they leave my skin feeling nice and smooth. Honestly though, I personally wouldn't say they are miracle-working. I don't think they really made a massive difference to the condition of my skin, although that could be because they had dried out in the packaging. Either way, I was mildly disappointed - I still think they are a lovely everyday product though, and so quick to use.

Sadly, the kit I bought on Beauty Bay is no longer available, but they often bring out new bundles so keep your eye out if you want to try First Aid Beauty - I think it's a great way to trial it without forking out. In the meantime, if you have any cruelty-free skincare recommendations, I'd love to hear them!



  1. These look really good! They remind me of the clearasil pads I used to use as a teenager. I'll definitely be looking out for them. I wonder if they're better than the Nip + Fab ones?

    Rosie at Damzel In This Dress

    1. I have the Nip + Fab ones too - I think they may be a little better to be honest, as I think this mini packet didn't have as much product on the pads. Both really nice and gentle though! x


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