And I’m not the only fan—one First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is sold every 20 seconds.

By Susan Brickell
October 31, 2019
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If we’re sharing, I’ll admit that I suffer from extremely dry skin. Moving from Florida—where year-round humidity is totally a thing—to dry New York almost a decade ago was a serious shock to my skin. While I used to appear glowy and hydrated 24/7 with hardly any effort, I now have to slather my skin morning and night in moisturizer or risk waking up with ashy, flaky skin. Cute, right?

On a trip back to Florida to visit family, I was perusing Sephora and basically cried (okay, there weren't any tears, but I was distraught) over my dry skin to a staff member, who walked me over to the First Aid Beauty products. She opened a tub of the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (Buy It, from $12,, and swiped it across the back of my hand. The texture was rich and creamy without feeling heavy, and it didn’t leave behind an oily residue or white cast. Would this really be the answer to my skin woes? I was open to trying it out—and, hey, if it was a complete disaster, Sephora has a 60-day return policy. (Related: Ashley Graham Loves This Moisturizer So Much, She Says It's "Like Crack")

I took the moisturizer back to New York with me and can honestly say I’ve been using it for ten years. I love the whipped feeling and how smooth and hydrated it leaves my skin. Flakes are a thing of the past, y’all. It blends easily without leaving my face all shiny, revives my dead-looking skin, and also helps create the perfect canvas for applying makeup. While I mostly use it as a facial moisturizer, I've also used it to relieve dry spots on my hands, elbows, and knees. Since I've added it to my beauty arsenal, I’ve turned both my mom and sister onto the Ultra Repair Cream, which is great, because there is always a tub of it when I visit. (But—who are we kidding—I don’t travel without it.) 

What makes this cream *so* great? The non-greasy formula is made with shea butter, oatmeal extract, eucalyptus oil, allantoin, and antioxidants to moisturize, soothe skin, and fight dryness and flaking. Vitamins, minerals,  and ceramides penetrate and strengthen the skin barrier and protect skin from free radical damage. Plus, the cream is safe to use on all skin types and can help alleviate irritation and inflammation due to conditions like eczema, keratosis pilaris, and dermatitis. (Shop more derm-approved options: The Best Moisturizers for Every Skin Type)

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is also derm-approved. A smart option for dry skin, its popularity could be due to the simple, straightforward formula, says Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York-based dermatologist and fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. On top of all the good-for-you ingredients, she likes that it’s also packed with ultra hydrating and anti-aging squalane (an ingredient found in pricier skincare products, like Biossance Squalane + Omega Repair Cream), which improves the skin barrier and enhances water’s ability to bind to the skin. And its decadent, creamy texture is the result of fatty acids, which your skin uses to improve its own fatty barrier, making it healthier and stronger, points out Dr. Nazarian.

I’m not the only fan, though. One First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is sold every 20 seconds. While you can certainly score it at Sephora, you can also shop it on Amazon (because, Prime shipping). With over 1,3500 5-star reviews, Amazon shoppers also agree that this is a holy grail moisturizer.

“First of all, this cream has an amazing texture. It’s like the smoothest, softest “whipped cream” - just feels heavenly when you apply it. My face has been really dry and red, and I’ve been applying this cream every day. Within a week, skin feels softer and renewed,” wrote one reviewer.

“Last night I washed my face and applied it again before bed, heavily on the eczema. When I woke up this morning there was NO swelling!!!! And NO red dry patch!!!! I was shocked and insanely impressed. I can't believe it but this really really works!!!” raved another.

“I have very dry but also very acne-prone skin, and I swear this stuff is a miracle balm,” shared a shopper. “Super moisturizing but does not aggravate my acne. It's rich but sinks into my skin really well and doesn't leave a residue.”

And if you need one more reason to snap up the cream ASAP, the brand also gets a stamp of approval from Selena Gomez. In an interview with Into the Gloss, the A-lister revealed that she uses First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy (Buy It, $36, to treat her dark circles. (Related: The Best Anti-Aging Eye Creams, According to Dermatologists)

Since the moisturizer doesn’t come with a pump, you have to dip your fingers into the tub and scoop out the cream, so just keep the phrase “less is more” in mind. (Although, I throw caution to the wind and slather my face in the stuff mornings and nights to ensure a faux Florida glow.) Luckily, a tube starts at just $10 on Amazon—slightly cheaper than Sephora—but I recommend investing in the $32 tub (which lasts forever), so you always have it on hand to rescue dry or irritated skin in a pinch.


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