When it comes to cleansers, it’s almost impossible to find one product that works for everybody. After all, it’s no fun when you find yourself using a face wash that’s too rich or too drying—because clogged pores, tight skin and sensitivity are all possible outcomes.
But there is one product I’ve discovered that I do think you’ll like, no matter what your skin type. It’s inexpensive, free of the clogging and irritating ingredients that I always caution against, and gentle but oh-so-effective.
Let’s talk about the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser!
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (At a Glance)
What it does
Cleans skin, removes makeup
All skin types, especially sensitive skin
Glycerin, stearic acid, sodium PCA, allantoin, feverfew, white tea, licorice, aloe
Sulfates, fragrance, silicones, drying alcohols, mineral oil, phthalates, parabens, artificial colourants
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What It Does and Who It’s For
The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is a gentle face wash that does exactly what it promises: removes dirt, oil and makeup while leaving your skin soft and supple. It’s a non-stripping, pH-balanced formula that won’t make your skin feel uncomfortably tight once you remove it, like so many cleansers can.
Most importantly, it’s effective. I’ve found that I don’t need to use a separate makeup remover before I wash my face with this product—it gets everything off. So if you’re looking for a “one and done” type of cleanser, this should fit the bill.
(Just keep in mind that I only wear light makeup. If you’re wearing heavy foundation and/or waterproof formulas, I would recommend using a separate makeup remover.)
As for who it’s for, the brand claims that all types of skin—normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive—can use this. That’s a rare thing for a cleanser!
⚠️ If you are acne-prone, proceed with caution. I personally am acne-prone, and this cleanser has never once broken me out. However, a few reviewers have reported experiencing breakouts, possibly from the surfactant or emollients. If you are concerned, I recommend swiping your skin with toner after cleansing, in order to remove any leftover cleanser residue.
Here’s the most up-to-date ingredients list for the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tetrasodium EDTA
The first thing you need to know is that it’s free of sulfates—always the first thing I check for in a cleanser. In my opinion, everyone should avoid them because they’re harsh detergents that can compromise the skin barrier and cause dryness and irritation.
In their place is sodium cocoyl isethionate, an ultra-mild cleansing agent that produces a rich, creamy foam. Various humectants (including glycerin and aloe) and emollients (like stearic acid and allantoin) were also added to soothe and condition your skin.
There’s also a plant-derived antioxidant blend that includes feverfew, white tea leaf and licorice root extracts. (Just keep in mind that it won’t give you comparable benefits to a leave-on antioxidant treatment, like a vitamin C serum, since you’re rinsing this off.)
Just as important as what’s in here is what's not. Unlike most cleansers, it has no synthetic fragrance or essential oils—and for good reason, since they are the number one cause of skin reactions.
It’s also oil-free and silicone-free, which is rare for a cream-textured cleanser. Since these ingredients can clog pores and leave residue on the skin that leads to breakouts, I’m happy they were left out.
But that’s not all. As a brand that specifically caters to sensitive skin, First Aid Beauty has more than 1,300 ingredients on its “no-no” list. So not only is everything “clean,” each product is exclusively formulated with safe, non-irritating and allergy-tested ingredients.
This is what the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser looks like straight out of the tube.
If it reminds you of liquid hand soap, you’re not alone. It has the same pearlescent white colour, but the texture is a little more luxe, thick and whipped. (And unlike hand soap, it’s fragrance-free, of course.)
Once you massage it over damp skin, you’ll notice that it transforms into a creamy lather.
And the best part? It rinses off completely with just water, and doesn’t leave any film behind on your skin.
How to Use It
You can use the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser as often as twice daily, morning and night.
- Dampen your face.
- Dispense a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto your fingertips. (A little goes a long way, so this will be more than enough!)
- Gently massage the cleanser over all areas of your face.
- Rinse it off with water or a soft, damp washcloth.
- Finish with your favourite toner to remove any traces of cleanser residue. (I love The Inkey List’s.)
Results and Rating
I always used to steer clear of cream cleansers, as I found they didn’t get my skin thoroughly clean. But the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is definitely an exception—it really cuts through the grime! At the same time, it leaves my skin feeling so much more hydrated than most foam and gel cleansers.
Like I said, it has never clogged my pores or broken me out, even though my skin is quite acne-prone. Simply put, it’s a face wash that I can always rely on to give me clean, calm, soft, fresh skin.
There’s one more thing I love about this cleanser... all the size options! The smallest one, at 2 oz., is super affordable, especially considering how little product you’ll need each time you cleanse. They also have a 5 oz., 8 oz. and even a jumbo 11 oz., once you’re ready to commit.
For all of these reasons, I give the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser four out of five stars:
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