Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

I mentioned this in my July favourites when I'd only been using it for about a week - it was love at first, erm, application - but I also said I'd come back once I'd been using it longer and do a full review, 'cos you know what it's like with skincare; sometimes it's smooth sailing for a few days, and then your skin just decides, nope, I think I'll have a massive breakout actually.

So First Aid Beauty is an American brand and it's not widely available in the UK - I bought mine from Feel Unique where the 141.7g tube (which is big, in case like me, you can't understand numerical measurements) is £14, but there was actually a 10% discount running when I bought mine, Score!

The reason I was so eager to try this is that it's hypoallergenic and safe for sensitive skin - and frankly I've tried almost every other cleanser in the world marketed as such and have yet to find the one. OK so, part of being hypoallergenic means it isn't fragranced. Now it doesn't smell bad but you know how, if you use like the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish it smells so luxurious and wonderful, it's like a little spa treatment for your face at the end of the day? Well, this doesn't give you that feeling. For me, it's a small trade off to have happy skin.

It's easy to apply to your face, just squeeze a little out (I use like a small, pea sized amount probably) and just pop the lid closed; hurrah for non screw on lids. I just rub it in, it lathers ever so slightly, but there's no exfoliating particles or anything so it doesn't necessarily feel like there's a lot going on... but there is.

This is the only cleanser I have ever used that doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or raw or dry or sore or itchy. When I rinse it away and give my face a wee wipe with my muslin cloth, I just feel... clean. It's honestly revolutionary for me and my crazy sensitive skin! 

I've never been into skin care, it's always just something I've done (or often, not bothered to do) because I feel I 'should', but to be honest with all the harm some cleansers do my skin, I always wondered if I was doing more bad than good by using them. This cleanser has made me enjoy washing my face - I kind of oddly look forward to it, and actually, I think my skin looks a lot clearer too. I'm lucky in that I don't get a lot of break outs or oil issues, but I have issues with my skin just looking so lackluster and dull and I genuinely feel this has brightened my complexion - you know that way you kind of catch yourself in the mirror in passing and you just know there's something different?

The only tiny downside, and honestly it doesn't really bother me, I'm just mentioning it for completion's sake, is that while it's gentle enough for most of my skin, it does still irritate my eye area a little. The reason it doesn't worry me though, is that I always use a makeup wipe first of all to take off eye makeup and I would do that always, even if this didn't irritate my eyes a bit - I just find it easier to remove waterproof mascara and liner with a wipe.

And so, yeah, I'm so happy to have finally found a cleanser that makes me want to look after my skin, a cleanser that isn't a battle every time I use it; if you have dry/sensitive skin, I really urge you to try this out if you can! 

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