I tried the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser many years ago but didn’t write a review. A lot of folks that visit this blog are interested in this cleanser so thought I should try it again. It is a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser with a whipped, creamy texture and it lathers nicely.
pH Level: 5.5
Ingredients*: Water, 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, Edta.
Mia’s review: I like this cleanser a lot. It is a great low pH cleanser. I’ve been using it for just over a month now. I like the whipped texture and the white/creamy color of the cleanser. It makes me think it is a bit more moisturizing than cleansers that are clear. It seems to hydrate my cheeks a tiny bit more than my usual cleanser. And it also didn’t make my oily forehead/t-zone more oily.
I also like the ingredients. I prefer products with allantoin and licorice root extract as ingredients because both are supposed to calm redness. I know a lot of people say that a cleanser isn’t on your skin long enough for these types of ingredients to help. BUT, I’ve noticed that “bad” ingredients in cleansers are on long my face long enough to cause clogged pores, etc. So to me that means that good ingredients might be on just long enough to help my skin.
Because the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is a bit more expensive than the COXRX cleanser I usually use, I’ll likely only use it during the very cold months. The other thing I noticed is that when I switched back to my COSRX cleanser for a couple of days, I didn’t feel that my cheeks were drier or tighter than when I used the First Aid cleanser. If your skin is on the drier side, or if you find the COXRX good morning cleanser to be drying, then I think this is a good cleanser for you to try.
Lastly, I saw on a Sephora message board that someone reported this cleanser has a higher pH than it currently does (this was in 2014). I contacted First Aid Beauty and they said their cleanser has a pH of 5.5. I also found this to be true when I tested it myself using pH strips.