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First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser Review

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser w/ FAB Antioxidant Booster (2 oz., $11) is a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser that effectively removes makeup, dirt and grime, leaving skin soft and supple. The whipped texture transforms into a cream when blended with water. Infused with a powerful botanical antioxidant blend, First Aid Beauty (FAB) Face Cleanser helps safeguard skin against environmental aggressors while also calming irritated skin. This non-stripping, pH-balanced formula works to maintain skin's natural acidity and helps reduce flare ups, never leaving skin feeling tight or dry. FAB Face Cleanser is ideal for those concerned about dryness and redness and can be used for all skin types: oily, combination, sensitive, normal and dry skin. FAB Cleanser is dermatologist-tested, gluten-free, nut-free, oil-free, soy-free and vegan.

If you read skincare ingredients like I do (and highly recommend you do as well), you will realize that the FAB Face Cleanser has allantoin (or, aluminum dihydroxy allantoinate) listed as a key ingredient. I was not familiar with allantoin, so I did some research and found out that allantoin is a popular ingredient in K-Beauty products. Devon Abelman cites cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski, who says that allantoin is “a compound found naturally in most organisms including plants, animals, and microbes. In cells, it is products from uric acid”. Allantoin is found is several plants such as the comfrey plant, beets, chamomile and wheat sprouts, however, when added to skin-care products, it is typically produced synthetically in a lab. The article cites another cosmetic chemist, Y. Claire Chang, who says that among allantoin’s skincare benefits are its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. Additionally, allantoin acts as a skin protectant, similar to petroleum jelly, and it can be found in “anti-acne, sun care, and lip products for this reason, as it shields skin from chapping and can help improve minor wounds”. Chang also says that allantoin has “antioxidant, wrinkle-smoothing, and exfoliating properties” and it has been found to “stimulate collagen and prevent trans-epidermal water loss”.

Allantoin is usually found in moisturizers, essences and serums to combat dryness caused by products containing retinol and glycolic acid and also, in scar creams to promote wound healing (you can read more about allantoin’s skin care benefits in this helpful article on Byride.com). And although FAB Face Cleanser includes other ingredients such as glycerin, aloe and antioxidants to soothe, nourish and smooth skin, allantoin is a multi-use ingredient that does all of these things , making the FAB Face Cleanser an ultra-moisturizing face cleanser that is also very gentle on the skin.

About the Brand

Lilli Gordon is the founder and CEO of First Aid Beauty. With a background in beauty and business, Lilli created a skincare collection that would maximize skin health and resilience through effective, sensitive skin-friendly, and problem-solving products that were enjoyable to use and made with clean ingredients. The mission of First Aid Beauty is to solve your skin challenges and provide users with everyday essentials that work for all skin types including sensitive skin. First Aid Beauty products are formulated with clean ingredients, are cruelty free (PETA certified), safe for sensitive skin, dermatologist tested and contain no artificial fragrances.


  • Helps calm, soothe and nourish skin

  • Hydrates and smooths skin

  • Helps stave off environmental aggressors

How to Use

Dampen face and dispense a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto fingertips. Gently massage onto all areas of the face. Remove with water or a soft, damp washcloth. Use twice daily, morning and night. You can watch a video on how to apply First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser here (starts at 0:54 second mark).


Key ingredients

  • Aloe - helps calm, soothe and nourish skin.

  • Allantoin - helps calm and soothe skin.

  • Glycerin - a natural humectant that helps hydrate and smooth skin's appearance.

  • Fab Antioxidant Booster - helps stave off environmental aggressors with Licorice Root, Feverfew and White Tea extracts.

Inactive Ingredients

  • 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, EDTA.

My Take

If you are on the market for an affordable and effective face cleanser with hundreds of positive reviews, chances are you have heard about First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. I wanted to know what all the hype was about for myself and decided to order my own tube of FAB Face Cleanser to judge for myself. FAB comes in a no-frills white tube with a flip top that dispenses the right amount of cleanser with each squeeze. The cleanser has an iridescent white color with a creamy texture. It has no fragrance. I use the FAB Face Cleanser at least twice a day (sometimes more if I am out and about and get sweaty), as the first step in my skincare routine. To apply, I dampen my face and then squeeze a quarter-sized amount (the instructions say to use a dime-sized amount but I always use more of the product than I need to) into my hands and then massage it into my face for at least 30 seconds and then rinse it off with warm water.

There are many things to lovee about FAB Face Cleanser. First, I love its creamy texture, it feels great as I massage it into my skin, and great after I rinse it off. It isn't greasy and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and or looking chalky afterward. It doesn’t sud or foam when you use it, which is another reason why it doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry after rinsing it off. In other words, FAB Face Cleanser is very moisturizing and my skin really did feel smoother after using it. I also like that the FAB Face Cleanser is available in 2 oz., 5 oz., and 8 oz. sizes so I have one in my bathroom and a smaller one that I travel with. And considering the fact that I have reviewed face cleansers that cost upwards of $60, the cost of FAB Face Cleanser is another reason to love it. Another reason to love FAB Face Cleanser is that it lasts a long time, even with using a quarter-sized amount and on some days using it three times, the 8 oz. tube still lasted months.

A couple things I don’t like about the FAB Face Cleanser is that it takes multiple washes to remove date-night makeup, meaning those nights when you layer on the makeup like a cake and you go all out using primer, foundation, highlighter/blush, concealer etc. FAB Face Cleanser won’t remove all of that in one go and, in my experience, it won’t remove waterproof mascara either. So, for date-night makeup, you will have to use a makeup remover or oil-based cleanser, before using FAB Face Cleanser. One other small critique is that if you squeeze out too much product, there is no way to get it back in the tube, you either have to use it or wash it off.

I highly recommend FAB Face Cleanser. It is very moisturizing, affordable and uses active ingredients such as allantoin a multi-purpose skincare wonder that acts as an antioxidant, exfoliator and anti-irritant that is perfect for those with sensitive skin. If you have a reasonably priced face cleanser that can provide high-end results, you can’t go wrong with FAB Face Cleanser.

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