Skin in a state of emergency? Let First Aid Beauty Cleanser come to the rescue!

Skin in a state of emergency? Let First Aid Beauty Cleanser come to the rescue!

FAB Face Cleanser review

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I like to think of myself as a pretty tough gal. I can roll with the punches, keep my cool and not let too much bother me. My skin, however, is a different story. While overall I have a pretty good complexion, my skin is very sensitive and will noticeably react to strong or harsh products. Everyday items with their laundry list of chemicals often strip my skin of natural moisture leaving it dry, itchy and splotchy. Yet when I try to use the “gentler” products, I feel like my face doesn’t get clean!

How does one combat the endless battle between chemical versus natural, clean versus feeling not so clean? How about a fantastic product called FAB Face Cleanser ($18) by First Aid Beauty? This simple little gem will not only clean your face, but also do it without using any scary ingredients.

Started in 2009 by Lilli Gordon, First Aid Beauty does just as its name suggests: provides nourishing, healing products that are good for your skin and actually do what they promise. Rich with natural ingredients like allantoin and aloe barbadensis that calm and soothe skin, glycerin to provide moisture and protection, and FAB’s own antioxidant booster, a yummy mix of licorice root, feverfew and white tea.

Not convinced yet? Each FAB ingredient is tested by a dermatologist to ensure your skin is getting the best treatment while removing dirt and grime, calming and soothing, all the while maintaining the skin’s natural balance.

I have to say that I was very impressed with the FAB Face Cleanser. I immediately noticed the very simple scent. Not medicine-y and not flowery or fruity either; this cleanser just smells…well, clean! It comes in an easy to use flip top tube with appealing, simple graphics.

I used the recommended dose (about a dime size portion) and when I rubbed this airy, whipped, pearly white cleanser onto my dampened skin, it blended easily into a thick, creamy consistency.

A quick rinse and voila! Not only did my skin feel refreshed and clean, but the fact that there are no harsh chemicals meant my skin felt soft and moisturized too. I’ve been using the cleanser both in the morning and at night and I definitely feel like my skin is more balanced, less splotchy, and generally looking healthier.

Paraben free
No harsh chemicals or colorants
Dermatologist recommended
Allergy tested
Sensitive skin friendly

$18 for a 5 oz. tube (but you really don’t need to use much, so this can last a while)

So, if you’re looking for a gentle facial cleanser that actually cleanses while protecting and nourishing your skin, look no further. First Aid Beauty’s FAB Face Cleanser is here to make you and your skin feel and look better.

Testers – did FAB cleanser provide complexion rescuing results?

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Kari is a Minneapolis based artist who drinks too much coffee and enjoys taking pictures of the strange foods she eats. She's always running 10 minutes behind despite her clock being an hour fast.

10 thoughts on “Skin in a state of emergency? Let First Aid Beauty Cleanser come to the rescue!”

  1. lipglossandspandex

    I also tested the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, and LOVED it. But I’m the opposite of @kari–my skin isn’t sensitive at all. It’s very very oily and acne prone, and even highly concentrated or prescription strength products don’t seem to affect it. And it’s rare that I ever find a gentle product that does ANYTHING. So it’s incredibly rare that I’m ever really impressed by a facial cleanser. But I LOVE this one.

    The packaging is cute and simple. The design is a little retro looking, but still classic. I like that it comes in an easy to use squeeze tube with a flip top cap–nothing fancy, just practical. The product itself is the same way. It’s a pearlescent white cream that smells nice and clean, but not overly clean. It lathers beautifully and feels amazing on my skin. I use it in the morning, and I also use it at night (after I use my makeup removing wipes to get the makeup off). The FAB cleanser actually does a decent job of removing makeup by itself (makeup cleansing wipes), however, I prefer to “double cleanse,” by first using a product specifically meant for removing makeup, and then by using a product to cleanse my skin. With this system, my skin is looking a lot better than it has in a long time. Although $18 for the tube seems a little spendy, it really does last a long time, and the fact that it works so well makes it practically invaluable. I’m blown away by this product and will absolutely be purchasing it in the future. Five stars!!!

    1. kari

      This stuff is magic! The fact that it works so well on all kinds of skin types is a rare feature and definitely speaks to the quality of this cleanser. I’m even more impressed now! I’m definitely giving this five stars as well!

  2. tyna

    I tested the FAB Face Cleanser as well and I have combo skin – it can be dry and sensitive in spots and oily and acne prone in others. Like the rest of the team I was impressed with this cute little tube of face wash. It has a really nice creamy lather and at first I worried that the lushness of it would not be a thorough enough cleanser for my face – but I was wrong! This wash totally cleaned my face, removing almost all traces of makeup (I did need a tiny bit of eye makeup remover to remove waterproof liner and mascara – but that’s just fine by me) and dirt and oil. After washing, my face felt totally clean, but not tight or dry. In fact this stuff leaves my skin with an almost matte appearance and super soft.

    I’m going with four stars on this one with a star removed for cost ($18 falls in the sort of high but reasonable range for me – and as mentioned a little dime size drop is more than enough) and the scent – while it wasn’t offensive in any way, I wasn’t a huge fan of it. But overall, I’m very impressed with my first FAB product and look forward to trying others.

  3. hao9703

    I did not get to test the cleanser. However, I have tried other products in the FAB line and was blown away! I love that you can buy this at Sephora. (For some reason, it gives me added piece of mind that I can see it in person before I purchase.)

  4. 4 out of 5 stars from me! I have combo skin same as Tyna and this cleanser impressed me to the max.. I’m always skeptical when trying new face products just because the last thing I want is a break out but this didn’t bother me at all and my skin felt super clean after using it.. I still have a little bit of my previous face wash left so I keep this one in the shower to use at night before bed and its perfect for a fresh face before falling asleep.. Doesn’t dry my skin out either.. I just wash and snooze.. The price is a bit higher than I’m used to but I’m willing to pay for a product that works!

  5. Mel

    I got to test this cleanser as well. At first I just thought it was okay. I love that it’s fragrance free and safe for sensitive skin (my combination skin isn’t happy with many cleansers), but I actually thought it was a little thick. I didn’t get that squeaky clean feeling and felt like I really had to scrub it off. Then I pulled out my Clarisonic to use with it and wow! It’s like it was made to go hand in hand with those scrubby vibrations. It holds up perfectly through the entire scrub session that the Clarisonic gives and then made my skin feel super clean and soft. I’m very happy with this cleanser now, and may very well purchase it when I run out. It’s a little pricey, but I also don’t mind paying when something works well for my sensitive skin. 4 stars from me!

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